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Durham Chronicle Volume XLIV, Issue 11

Durham Chronicle Volume XLIV, Issue 11

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2 The Chronicle April 10 - 16, 2018 Campus BACK of the FRONT DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT, and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras Students leaving their mark on the Oshawa campus Photograph by Angela Lavallee Tau Kappa Epsilon, a UOIT fraternity, running its TKE in a box annual food drive in front of the Gordon Willey building. Photograph by Michael Bromby Gabby Boileau, a second year DC fine arts advanced student, puts up her piano mural in the The Pit. Birds flocking to DC campus Photograph by Cassidy McMullen Canadian geese get a view of campus by hanging out on top of the Simcoe building. Follow the Chronicle on Twitter @DCUOITChronicle

Campus April 10 - 16, 2018 The Chronicle 3 Man flies! Testing a wingsuit at UOIT Cassidy McMullen and Heather Snowdon The Chronicle A lecturer and base jumper of the University of Southampton in England flew into UOIT as he prepares at attempts to set world records. Dr. Angelo Grubisic dressed himself in his wingsuit at UOIT’s climatic wind tunnel in the Engineering building at UOIT March 23. A wingsuit is a type of skydiving suit with fabric attached between the arms and legs that allows the user to glide during a free fall. Gliding time usually lasts a couple of minutes before the user pulls a parachute - depending on the elevation. Grubisic was testing a wingsuit of his own invention in preparation for two world record-breaking jump attempts he plans to make in California and the United Kingdom once he lines up sponsors. The two world records will be for longest and highest wingsuit jump. For the highest skydiving jump, Grubisic will have to take a plane ride entering the stratosphere at 46,000 feet in the air before jumping with just his suit and a parachute. In the wind tunnel, Grubisic was smiling and didn’t look nervous as he allowed the wind to lift him effortlessly. “That was flying,” Grubisic said after coming down from his 10-minute test flight where he was held in place by safety ropes while he reached wind speeds of 125 km per hour. The wingsuit performed well despite a little toggling caused by the safety ropes, which Grubisic said he isn’t used to. “I think that was more like zumba than flying,” said John Komar, ACE director for engineering and operations. Komar was participating in the testing behind the scenes, adjusting safety ropes and talking to technicians and staff. “He took four flights in a couple of minutes,” Komar said. “Financially and everything else, it would (have) taken him months to do what he just did in the last two hours.” Brianna Grant is a UOIT student studying environmental physiology and was on Photograph by Heather Snowdon Dr. Angelo Grubisic, a lecturer at the University of Southampton, testing his wingsuit at UOIT. hand to monitor Grubisic’s heart rate and breathing rate by using an equivital, which measures both. “It’s like a little sports bra and it’s on him,” said Grant. “We get to see any changes going on while he’s doing this kind of thing.” Grubisic has also involved 15 to 20 of his own students over the last three years at the University of Southampton, where he teaches. Grubisic said he incorporates student ideas in different aspects of the wingsuit project such as design or profile. Grubisic’s students came up with an idea for ribs on the wingsuit’s wing profile. “The ribs…were specifically designed based on what we’d simulated from computations of thermodynamics, they’ve all done great jobs,” Grubisic said. Grubisic had the opportunity to teach and learn from technicians and staff at UOIT. He was talking about how he could improve while as watching videos of his himself to critique his techniques. Not only is Grubisic a lecturer at the University of Southampton, a base jumper and an inventor, he is also involved in spacecraft propulsion systems, which is basically making rockets. “Time is the thing I don’t have a lot of,” Grubisic said. In his world record attempt, Grubisic plans on flying for eightto-10 minutes. He says a normal wingsuit would only allow a flight of three to four minutes while his can double this with his suit. This is why he’s confident he’ll be able to set the records. Grubisic said he has a sponsor lined up for his record-breaking attempts - “an aircraft manufacturing company,” he said. Either way, Grubisic’s love for base jumping will continue. “I can’t get enough of it.” Wind tunnel gives opportunities to DC, UOIT students Cassidy McMullen and Heather Snowdon The Chronicle The Automotive Centre for Excellence (ACE) is not only an innovational gem for UOIT, but an experiential tool for students. ACE houses five high-tech chambers used to test products and equipment in fields like automotive, aerospace, defence, media production, high performance sports, unmanned automated vehicles and more. Out of the five chambers, the climatic wind tunnel (CWT) is the largest and most impressive. The CWT can simulate weather and offer aerodynamic wind flow. The chamber has the ability to produce rain, freezing rain and snow while also producing winds speeds of 250 kmh, the same as a Category 4 hurricane. The temperature range in the CWT goes from -40 Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. ACE opened in 2011 and since then they’ve tested Olympic speed skating suits, drones, cars and wingsuits. With these tests comes opportunities for students. Brianna Grant is a UOIT student studying Environmental Physiology working towards her master’s degree. She is currently working at the CWT while Dr. Angelo Grubisic, a lecturer at University of Southampton in England, is in testing his wingsuit for two world record attempts. “It’s a great opportunity for students to get to have a hands-on experience,” Grant says. Grant and her fellow classmates were tasked with monitoring heart and breathing changes in Grubisic while he was in the CWT. “We can see when he’s getting stressed or nervous or whatever is happening,” Grant says. The goal was to make sure Grubisic was safe but also allowed students to use the technology that’s available in industry and get real experience. “We’re integrating more and more learning in using this,” says John Komar, ACE director of engineering and operations. The CWT attracts people like Grubisic. He came to test his new wingsuit but also ran a workshop about flight and aerodynamics students from UOIT as well as Western, Ryerson, Queen’s and University of Toronto. This workshop allowed students the chance to gain experiential learning by developing and testing their own wingsuits in the CWT. “They are actually using real world tools,” Komar says. “When they go out into the real world they will know and have experienced tools instead of just reading about it and never seeing it.” ACE may have opened in 2011, but it had been in the works for years. The idea for the ACE started in 2003 but it didn’t get started until 2007 when UOIT received money from the provincial and federal government. In 2008, building Photograph by Cassidy McMullen John Komar, ACE director of engineering and operations with Dr. Angelo Grubisic at the ACE. started and ACE opened in 2011 but wasn’t fully finished until 2012 when all the chambers were ready. “In the global technical community, we are now recognized and sought upon,” Komar says. “At least seven different car companies know of us because of the scientific research and publishing we have done at technical conferences.” ACE is an expensive building to operate, says Komar. “We spend over $1.5 million on electricity alone,” Komar says. “We’re a multi-million, you know, a $4-5 million operation.” ACE is rented out for companies to test products five days each week, including use by eight automotive companies, which helps to cover the costs of the self-sustaining building. “We’re always looking for opportunities for us to get paid,” Komar says. On top of seeking out professional experiences for students, ACE also creates them for both UOIT and DC students. “We have… UOIT interns working here, engineering and business,” says Colin Howard, who does marketing and product development for the ACE. “We have DC students working here as well, doing their internships.” ACE also has research projects that students working towards their master’s degree work on. “If you are attached to a research project, you can come in here and work on that,” Howards says.

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