Feature Stories



Better energy utilization, longer operation, aim of SUV project

Two summers of field testing has produced promising results for Fanshawe College’s solar-powered small utility vehicle (SUV) prototypes. Modifications by the research team and testing by two of the project partners -- Deer Run and Thames Valley golf courses – in 2011 and 2012 have shown a 40% improvement in energy utilization. More.


Research focuses on how students “play the game”

Eleanor Fullick knows about games and technology. And her experience as a gamer and recent graduate of Fanshawe’s Media Theory and Production program gives her a unique perspective as a researcher investigating “gamification”. A multimedia technician in the School of Contemporary Media, Fullick is principal investigator (PI) on a pilot study into gamification as a methodology to engage and teach today’s postsecondary students. More.


Making “scents” of sustainable land development

Partnering with small business to co-create a unique, agri-tourism destination on a Southwestern Ontario lavender farm is the focus of this project. Under the direction of faculty, students worked with the owners of LAVENDER SENSE™ – a farm, boutique and retreat near Wallacetown -- on a full land design plan, design and development of an educational centre, chapel and a communications strategy. More.


Health innovation not just for dummies

Steve Vaughn was in serious trouble. He was in the hospital with a tracheostomy tube in his throat, and when two respiratory therapists came in to change it, his blood pressure and heart rate dropped suddenly and alarmingly. His therapists called a doctor and between the three of them, they managed to restore Steve’s stats and get his tube changed. It was a tense few minutes, but Steve survived. More.


Integrating renewables

This project focuses on devising an energy harvesting and integrated control systems that harness all currently-known energy collection technology – including solar and geothermal --  to heat, cool, light and de-ice the built residential environment. More.