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Welcome to Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo

Part of Canada's largest engineering school, the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo is home to more than 1200 students, faculty and staff, with thousands of alumni worldwide.

At Waterloo, we have one of Canada’s largest undergraduate programs in chemical engineering, and the impact on industry shows. An estimated 10% of working chemical engineers graduated here!

Our collaborative and interdisciplinary research benefits from many faculty cross-appointments in Science and Engineering. And, with the recent opening of the department’s new home, Engineering 6, students and faculty have access to a truly state-of-the-art facility, complete with an in-house water treatment plant and 115,000 square feet of new research labs and teaching space.

  1. Mar. 26, 2018CHE’s Gregory Lui wins UWaterloo’s 3MT finals

    Congratulations to Gregory Lui, who is completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Waterloo, for winning the University’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 3MT is an international research communication competition in which graduate students have three minutes to distill their research into a presentation that is both understandable and engaging to a non-technical audience.

  2. Mar. 23, 2018Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Society Website launches

    Graduate Chemical Engineering students looking to learn more about the services provided by their student society can now find out more online, at the new Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Society Website.

  3. Mar. 15, 2018Capstone Design Symposium showcases CHE innovationThe Engineering 6 atrium provided a bright backdrop for lively discussion at the CHE Capstone Design Symposium on March 12, 2018

    Forty-one teams of fourth-year chemical engineering students presented the results of their Capstone Design projects at the annual Capstone Design Symposium, which was held March 12th in the atrium of Engineering 6. In the process of sharing their research, they demonstrated the diverse and creative nature of chemical engineering and the promise it holds for future generations.

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  1. May 29, 2018Seminar | Strategies for Anti-Thrombotic Blood Pumping: Innovations on Materials and Pumping Mechanisms, by Dr. Yap Choon Hwai

    Every day, countless lives are saved by blood pumps, including those that have been implanted and those used in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), in heart surgery and during hemodialysis. Blood pumps, however, damage blood by exposing it to high stresses, causing platelet activation and hemolysis, which leads to blood clots. For example, seven percent of ICU patients on the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) blood pump suffer from severe hemolysis, which increases the mortality rate by six times.

  2. June 21 to 22, 2018Resource Recovery Partnership Conference 2018

    The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association are pleased to offer complimentary academic registration to faculty and students for this 2-day event.

    This conference is intended to bring together international experts, policy makers, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to explore how the advancements in resource recovery technologies and the pursuit of a sustainable economy are changing the way we interact with our world.

  3. July 9, 20182018 Park Reilly Distinguished Lecture | Multi-Parametric Optimization & Control in Multi-Scale Energy Systems, by Professor Stratos Pistikopoulos

    Model based multi-parametric optimization provides a complete map of solutions of an optimization problem as a function of, unknown but bounded, parameters in the model, in a computationally efficient manner, without exhaustively enumerating the entire parameter space. In a Model-based Predictive Control (MPC) framework, multi-parametric optimization can be used to obtain the governing control laws – the optimal control variables as an explicit function of the state variables.

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