Electric Car Challenge Helped Pave the way for Incoming Student

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Matt Rose, left, now a first-year engineering student, accepts a design award from organizer Ross McKenzie at the annual ElectriFrom Waterloo Stories.

Matt Rose figures he learned more in high school as a member of the prize-winning electric car team than he did in a lot of his academic classes.

But as he starts the mechatronics engineering program at the University of Waterloo this fall, the lasting lesson he brings with him has as much to do with repeated failure as it does with eventual success.

“Nothing works the first time,” said Rose, 17. “You’ve always got to figure out a solution to a problem that you didn’t see coming.”

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