Host: Faculty of Engineering
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Spencer Engineering Building, Room 1200
Two guest speakers and a moderated Q&A panel by Kibret Mequanint, Professor and Associate Chair, Graduate
Speaker #1: Dr. Lauren Flynn
Title: Engineering Biology: Design of Cell-instructive Scaffolds to Promote Soft Tissue Regeneration
Abstract: Research in the Flynn lab is focused on developing novel cell-instructive bioscaffolds from tissues discarded as surgical waste. By integrating engineering design with expertise in applied cell biology, her team is designing a platform of pro-regenerative scaffolding technologies for applications in cell delivery and wound healing.
Bio: Dr. Lauren Flynn completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto. She subsequently started as an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University in 2007. In 2014, she was recruited to Western, where she holds a joint faculty position in Engineering and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and Anatomy & Cell Biology. Dr. Flynn’s research focuses on the development of cell-based regenerative therapies incorporating adipose-derived stem/stromal cells. (ASCs) and naturally-derived bioscaffolds for applications in soft tissue regeneration and wound healing. Her collaborative research program is currently supported by funding from the CIHR, NSERC and Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Speaker #2: Aleksander Essex
Title: When Internet Voting Comes to Canada: A Cyber Security Perspective
Abstract: Canada is becoming interested in Internet voting, and a parliamentary committee is now studying how it might be deployed in future elections. From a cyber security perspective the threats are numerous and complex. From a democratic perspective, the stakes are high. In this talk we’ll look at some of the enormous risks of voting online caused by both current technological limitations, as well as how the culture and priorities of election officials and internet voting vendors impact election security.
Bio: Aleksander Essex is an assistant professor of software engineering at Western University with a specialization in cyber-security, and applied cryptography. He has worked in the field of trustworthy electronic voting for over 10 years. In 2009 he was part of a group conducting the first cryptographic end-to-end verifiable governmental election in the city of Takoma Park MD. He served as a subject matter expert for the City of Toronto evaluating the security of vendor proposals during their recent internet voting RFP.