Making Headlines 2009 Edition : Page 3

THE wInDS OF cHAnGE I SEE FAR With the official opening of ICFAR (Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources) this fall, the Ontario government believes the research facility will now put the province at the forefront of global biofuel research. With that in mind, ‘A’ News, Rogers Television and agricultural trade Better Farming attended the event. GO GREEn Hrymak Western held its grand opening of the Claudette McKay-Lassonde Pavilion over Homecoming weekend. Western’s first LEED-certified ‘green building,’the Pavilion is a $22-million 45,000 square-foot building that integrates modern technology and the principles of environmental sustainability. Engineering Dean Andrew Hrymak told The London Free Press, “Elements are exposed so engineering students can see the structural components of the building and the building itself will help the faculty with green engineering research in biofuels, solar cells and better control of power.” Hangan WindEEE Dome, the world’s first hexagonal wind tunnel and home to research that will both protect us from storms, and harness the power of wind, is coming to Western. The announcement in June drew attention from CBC, the Canadian Press and the London Free Press. In a November article, Toronto Star energy and technology columnist Tyler Hamilton called WindEEE the ultimate toy of Western Engineering professor Horia Hangan and said it was “a project that will literally blow away the competition.” Hangan, a world-renowned wind expert has spent the past 20 years studying how the wind affects buildings, bridges, transmission lines, wind farms, trees and others structures. Hangan told the Toronto Star, “If you inject air into the dome through the peripheral walls and inject air at the top, you can generate tornados. It can produce storm downbursts, low-level jets, and gusts. These are the kinds of winds that are responsible for more than 60 per cent of any type of structural damage in North America.” FLIGHT OF THE SILVER DART Tryggvason Retired Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason, now a Western Adjunct Engineering Research Professor, received excellent coverage for his landmark 100th anniversary flight of the Silver Dart. The 64-year-old Tryggvason test piloted a replica of the first aircraft flown in Canada and the British Empire 18 days before the anniversary of the historic first flight, which in itself garnered the interest of CBC Newsworld, CTV, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The London Free Press, The Hamilton Spectator and CHCH Television. Tryggvason told The Globe and Mail, “For this airplane, there is no prepared set of responses. It’s a whole new world. Back then, no one really knew how to do this.” 3

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