Between physics and aesthetics, engineering and psychology, economics and art — it's in the tension and overlap among disciplines and expertise where we break new ground and solve problems in imaginative ways.

If you listen, walls do talk.

A world-leading expert on the Holocaust, architecture professor Robert Jan van Pelt has spent much of his career examining the absolute worst of humanity.

In 2000, he helped disprove a Holocaust denier through analysis of blueprints and architectural remains to show how the Nazis had systematically killed European Jews in gas chambers. This work was highlighted in The Evidence Room, an exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale, which is now showing at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Robert Jan Van Pelt

There is no single solution that will sustainably power our world — that’s why we’re working on so many.

No magic bullet will address the global energy inequities that leave billions of people with little or no access to electricity. Linda Nazar and her research team are developing clean-energy storage that could triple the range of electric vehicles as well as help developing countries harvest the sun and improve lives. 

Linda Nazar

Big ideas about the very small.

Na Young Kim is fascinated by how nature works at its most fundamental level. At Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing, she studies particles — atoms and electrons — and their quantum behaviour to develop new technologies. Working at this small scale takes big thinking. You can check out some of this thinking at QUANTUM: The Exhibition, now showing at Canada Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. 

Na Kim Young

Mapping new discoveries and discovering new maps.

The field of geography has always been about exploring our world. Tools linking our social world to the physical are opening a new wave of research and insight. University of Waterloo's Su-Yin Tan’s research and teaching reach well beyond institutional, international and gravitational boundaries.

Su Yin Tan

By the numbers

$183Min sponsored research
40+senate-approved research centres and institutes
#1comprehensive research university in Canada for ten years

Research Infosource, 2017

#1innovative university in Canada for 26 years

Maclean's, 2017