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UN Women launches new gender-inclusive HeForShe website

 (left to right) Sarah Muth, Zhuo Yu, Joyce (Anqi) Yang, Jenny Ma, Anya Forestell, and Sally Hui. January 21, 2016

Women, transgender people and others who are non-gender binary can now pledge support online to the revamped campaign for gender equity...golden arrows.

Trudeau praises Waterloo’s brilliant, innovative minds on world stage

Justin Trudeau during a recent visit to the University of Waterloo.January 20, 2016

“(Waterloo) has high intellectual standards, of course. And it values entrepreneurship. But diversity is its indispensable ingredient,” said Trudeau...golden arrows.

Prime Minister announces $12M for new water tech partnerships

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, posing with UWaterloo students.January 14, 2016

Waterloo’s Velocity Science entrepreneurs meet with Trudeau and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development...golden arrows.

2015: Waterloo students and alumni made their mark

Students smiliing together.December 23, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we look back at a few of the University of Waterloo's students and alumni who were recognized nationally and internationally...golden arrows.

Happy Holidays from President Hamdullahpur

President Hamdullahpur.December 16, 2015

President Hamdullahpur thanks Waterloo students, staff and faculty and gives them one last task for 2015...golden arrows.

Waterloo math alumnus named to Forbes Top 40 under 40

Peter Szulczewski beside Wish logo.December 14, 2015

CEO of mobile shopping app is one of the richest entrepreneurs in America, leading a startup valued at $3.5 billion...golden arrows.

Waterloo students in Paris for UN Climate Change Conference

Environment students at the UN Climate Change Conference.December 2, 2015

Environment students get opportunity of a lifetime to meet delegates, listen to experts and share Waterloo sustainability story at COP21...golden arrows.

Waterloo alumnus makes Forbes Top 40 Under 40 list

Apoorva Mehta, an alumnus of the University of Waterloo’s electrical engineering program.November 30, 2015

Waterloo engineer who founded web-based grocery delivery service is named one of America’s richest entrepreneurs under 40...golden arrows.

#UWCeilingBreakers: Challenging the status quo

Sue Ann Campbell, Nerissa Wong, Beth Coleman, Lan Wei, Edith Law and Jean Andrey are among the researchers, scholars and leaders profiled in this issue.November 23, 2015

Special issue of Waterloo Magazine celebrates women who lead, and explores equity in education and the workplace...golden arrows.

UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day: Celebrating Waterloo founders

Three Waterloo women entrepreneurs (left to right) Rachel Friesen, Alexa Roeper, and Laura SmithNovember 19, 2015

Waterloo women are leading startups that will allow you to use your smartphone to detect eye problems and a medical fabric to promote faster healing...golden arrows.

Waterloo alumnus helps protect health of Canada’s troops

Colonel Kile and his medical team visit Afghanistan hospitals to provide clinical and equipment support.November 9, 2015

“My length of service has given me a broad perspective on war and casualties,” says Canada’s Army Surgeon and Waterloo alum Col. Jim Kile...golden arrows.

Waterloo researcher wins Engineering Emmy Award

Zhou Wang, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of Waterloo.October 5, 2015

Zhou Wang wins Emmy for developing technology that assesses video and image quality - affecting millions of viewers everyday...golden arrows.

Hack the North: Canada’s largest international hackathon

Student with a laptop.September 18, 2015

1,000 students from around the world are at the University of Waterloo this weekend to build mobile apps, web platforms, robots and more...golden arrows.

What drives leading innovation ecosystems?

The Tannery Building in Kitchener, home to tech companies such as Desire2Learn and Google, as well as Communitech.September 15, 2015

The Waterloo Innovation Summit welcomes global tech leaders, academics and policy makers...golden arrows.

UN Women applauds Waterloo’s HeForShe Impact scholarships

Emma Watson, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador. September 14, 2015

The STEM Scholarship provides $12,000 each to six young women with dreams of pursuing careers in astrophysics, computer science, engineering and mathematics...golden arrows.

A Canadian first: Self-driving vehicle circles Waterloo campus

Self-driving car on ring road.August 18, 2015

Engineering students develop an autonomous vehicle that becomes the first to drive on a Canadian road...golden arrows.

Parapan Am Games: Vision scientist levels the playing field

Lucas Padro of Brazil competes in Men's 200m - T11 during the 2011 Parapan American Games at Telmex Athletics Stadium on November 16, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. August 12, 2015

The visual demands of different sports are unique.  Understanding how vision impacts performance is critical to ensuring athletes are grouped fairly, says Waterloo vision scientist...golden arrows.

New Waterloo grad earns spot on national golf team

Devon Rizzo in the midst of playing golf.June 11, 2015

Waterloo Warrior graduates with an engineering degree and is off to Korea for the FISU World University games in Korea...golden arrows.

From Canada to China: Waterloo’s free math courseware goes global

Math courseware icon.June 2, 2015

Waterloo’s Grade 12 math courseware is now being used by students and teachers in almost 90 countries around the world...golden arrows.

Dutch royals visit, witness new research and education partnership between leading universities

Dutch King and Queen with Feridun inside Quantum Nano Centre. May 28, 2015

The Dutch king and queen visited the University of Waterloo today and witnessed two of the world’s leading innovation universities announcing a new research and education collaboration that aims to advance the field of quantum computing...golden arrows.

 

Canada Partners with University of Waterloo to Help Establish Indonesia as a Centre of Actuarial Excellence

Goverment representatives, Mathematics staff and President FeridunMay 21, 2015

The University of Waterloo announced an initiative aimed to help build a stronger insurance and pension industry in Indonesia to stimulate sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty. Canada’s support for Risk Management, Economic Sustainability and Actuarial Science Development in Indonesia aims to increase the number and quality of Indonesian actuarial-science graduates to address the country’s growing demand for actuaries...Golden arrows.

International Development student wins 20k MaRS fellowship

Ian Pinnell.May 19, 2015

Ian Pinnell, an International Development Student in his final year, won a fellowship worth $20,000 at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. The fellowship, named Studio [Y], focuses on social innovation and will last eight months. Pinnell was selected largely for his work with the National Youth Council of Malawi on his World University Service of Canada (WUSC) field...golden arrows

Congratulations Dr. George Woo on his Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award

Dr. George WooMay 7, 2015

Venerated retired Waterloo faculty member Dr. George Woo is the most recent recipient of Indiana University’s “Distinguished Asian Pacific American Alumni Award,” presented earlier this spring.

Dr. Woo is also a recipient of one of the University of Waterloo 50th Anniversary Awards and is a leadership donor to the School's clinic transformation campaign...golden arrows.

Waterloo’s race car cleans up at Formula Hybrid International Competition

Formula hybrid racecar team celebrating. May 5, 2015

The University of Waterloo’s Formula Hybrid edged out other top university race cars at this year’s Formula Hybrid International Competition taking first place overall, winning another top award and setting a new all-time record in the total number of completed endurance laps...golden arrows.

Student design team builds 30 meter bridge in jungle

Student design team on bridge in jungleMay 5, 2015

The University of Waterloo Bridges to Prosperity is a student run chapter under the international, non-profit organization, Bridges to Prosperity; and is the first university chapter in Canada. In their first ever project, a volunteer student-design team used their engineering skills to give 600 men, women and children a safer journey to vital resources like health care and education...golden arrows

University of Waterloo joins United Nations HeForShe campaign

Feridun HamdullahpurMay 5, 2015

The University of Waterloo is one of 30 institutions around the world, and the only Canadian representative, chosen by the United Nations to join its gender equality initiative, Impact 10x10x10. 

"We are very motivated and encouraged and energized about this because we are being made part of a very important initiative," said Hamdullahpur...golden arrows

Waterloo to Lucky Group - Tackling Environmental Challenges

Salam Shaban at recycling siteApril 23, 2015

Waterloo alumnus, Salman Shaban, was eager to join the family business of metal recycling upon graduation. At Lucky Group, he was involved in a series of intensive training sessions, which resulted in him leading the team to setup the first ever integrated metal recycling facility in Qatar.

One of our own University of Waterloo Global Ambassadors, he reflects on qualities obtained and lessons learned from his time here...golden arrows

Waterloo student designs new clay filter for unsafe drinking water

Timothy Muttoo with clay water filterMarch 20, 2015

A Masters of Public Health student, Timothy Muttoo, in partnership with the non-profit organization FilterPure, designed a new water filtration system that is transforming thousands of lives in the Dominican Republic. 

The new filters use locally sourced clay, saw dust and silver particles to remove 99.99% of all water contaminants in households without safe water access...golden arrows

Waterloo grad short listed for one-way trip to Mars

Headshot of Ben CrigerFebruary 16, 2015

Ben Criger, University of Waterloo alumni who graduated in Quantum Computing and earned a Ph.D. in physics from UWaterloo, was selected to be in the top 100 men and women to travel on a one-way trip to Mars on the Mars One expedition. He as selected out of 660 candidates. He is currently...arrows to click to more information

Medieval Village Holds Climate Change Lessons

Image of Zack McDonald and Andrew Moore in front of an abandoned medieval village in the south of EnglandFebruary 10, 2015

Two UWaterloo students are apart of a research team of archaeologists, historians, and paleontologists lead by Waterloo historian and Department of History professor Steven Bednarski, set out discover remains of a lost medieval village in Southern England, with an intent to learn more about climate change. The Herstmonceuz Project looks at the 600 year old village...Image of arrows to click through to the rest of the story

HI-SEAS Commander, Martha Lenio

Photo of the HI-SEAS teamJanuary 5, 2015

Martha Lenio is the first woman NASA has ever appointed to be commander of the NASA human performance study Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, an 8 month mission. She is also starting her own renewable energy consulting firm.  During her years completing her undergraduate...Image of arrows to click through to the rest of the story.

An ancient answer to climate change water shortage 

India water well story December 2, 2014 

Rainwater harvesting tanks that have been abandoned for modern canals and groundwater wells could become an important water source for people in southern India, according to a University of Waterloo researcher... Chevron

Optometry grad focuses on healthy eyesight in Ghana

Image of Otchere receiving an inaugural Desmond Fonn Contact Lens Research Awards for outstanding research and academic achievement.Fall 2014

After working as a full time optometrist under Dr. Kofti, chief executive officer of the Sight for Africa eye clinic in Ghana, which provides health care and vision care services for those in Ghana. He visited Ghanian villages where people were in desperate need of eye care and their loss of vision had increased their difficulty in life to unimaginable degrees...Image of arrows to click through to the rest of the story

Waterloo startup will connect First Nations to Asian investors 

Robert BeamishNovember 5, 2014

While working at a co-op job in Hong Kong, Waterloo student Robert Beamish’s boss asked him to organize a business pitch competition in Beijing. Then she told Beamish he would be the first presenter to make a pitch.

“It was the push I needed,” says Beamish, a fourth-year economics and business student in the Faculty of Arts... Chevron 

Waterloo grad volunteers to teach in African communities

Stephen Yi and African children October 14, 2014

Waterloo Alumnus has taken the initiative to volunteer with UBELONG's Ghana project focusing on education, health and social justice. Stephen Yi has visited 32 countries in 5 continents. Through teaching children at local schools in Africa, and working with volunteers across the world, he was motivated to improve the children's education in any way possible...golden arrows

Waterloo Architecture on runway at Paris Fashion Week

Model in Halo Dress October 13, 2014

A collaboration between a team of professors and students from the University of Waterloo and radical fashion designer Iris van Herpen mesmerized critics at Paris Fashion Week. 

Waterloo’s Hylozoic Architecture research lab contributed to 10 dresses in van Herpen's new collection entitled Magnetic Motion... Cheveron

Hunger For Knowledge: Au Yeung Sees Asia's Common Craving

Rex Au YeungSeptember 26, 2014

President of Principal International (Asia) and SVP of the Principal Financial Group, Rex Au Yeung, has made a name for himself in Forbes, and across the business world in Asia.

He offers advice to students facing challenges in the work force, and continues to help raise funds for several Hong Kong Universities...gold arrows

Waterloo alumnus named potential Nobel Prize winner

Dr. Stephen SchererSeptember 26, 2014

A geneticist who graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in biology has made the list of scientists most likely to win a Nobel Prize this year.

Dr. Stephen Scherer, director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, has been named a potential winner of the Medicine prize. He is one of 27 scientists and economists who appear on the 2014 edition of the list issued by Thomson Reuters... Chevron

Waterloo students launch Right to Play Chapter

Right to Play September 24, 2014

The international organization relies on teams of volunteers and coaches in 24 countries to implement play-based programs designed with the dual purpose of letting kids be kids, and teaching them essential life skills needed to overcome challenges affecting their communities... Chevron

Waterloo’s Hack the North: 36 hours. 1000 students

Hack the north teamSeptember 18, 2014

One thousand of the world’s brightest students will spend 36 hours at the University of Waterloo this weekend participating in Hack the North - Canada’s largest international hackathon. Students from 100 different institutions will be in the Engineering 5 building from September 19-21 to take on competitors from the U.S., Britain, China, Netherlands and Brazil... Chevron

New chair named for U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities

Feridun Chair u15August 21, 2014

Canada's U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities has named Feridun Hamdullahpur, University of Waterloo's president and vice-chancellor its next Chair for a fixed two-year term. 

Hamdullahpur, who previously served as U15 vice-chair, assumes the leadership role from outgoing U15 Chair Amit Chakma, Western University's president and vice-chancellor... Chevron

Teaching excellence: The economics of government policy

sen story

July 7, 2014

Anindya Sen’s long road to becoming a distinguished teacher at the University of Waterloo began in Kolkata, India. 

Born in Saskatoon, Sen was visiting India when he saw an old man sitting in a plywood shelter topped with a single sheet of corrugated metal... chevron

Waterloo athlete in Switzerland for world golf championship

devon rizzoJune 23, 2014 

Although she was given a set of golf clubs by her father when she was five, Devon Rizzo admits it took her some time to warm up to the sport.

“I hated the game when I was little,” says Rizzo, a fourth-year student in Waterloo’s management engineering program. “In the beginning it was really frustrating and it took me a long time to actually like playing...” chevron

Global educator teaches in Waterloo and China

kashif memonJune 20, 2014

Kashif Memon navigated through complex supply chains of feudal lords and military forces to transport food from Pakistani farmers and fishermen to a Persian Gulf port and on to Britain...chevron