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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. Nov. 7, 2017Professor Ricardez-Sandoval named NSERC Canada Research ChairLuis Ricardez-Sandoval

  2. Sep. 15, 2017Welcome Chemical Engineering Class of 2022!

    As part of the Fall 2017 Orientation, the Department of Chemical Engineering welcomes a new cohort of 129 first-year students! These first-years were introduced to faculty and staff members and exposed to the many curriculum and research options within the department. They were also treated to a hearty lunch from UW Catering. Please join us in welcoming the Chemical Engineering Class of 2022!

  3. Sep. 15, 2017Fred Fu receives Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award

    Recent MASc graduate Fred Fu has received an Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies honour to be awarded during the Fall 2017 university convocation. A total of four of these awards are being given at the Masters level this year.

    Fred's thesis is entitled Formation and Field-switching Dynamics of Nematic Droplets and he completed his MASc research under the supervision of Prof. Nasser M. Abukhdeir.

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  1. Nov. 30, 2017Seminar - “Optimization-Based Control of Nonlinear Processes: Fundamental Advances Enabling Economically-Optimal and Safe Process Operation”, Helen Elaine Durand, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical Eng. and Materials Science, Wayne State University

    ABSTRACT:  While most undergraduate process control courses focus on the dynamics and control of chemical processes that can be described by linear transfer function models, advances in computing over the last several decades have enabled the more complex nature (i.e., nonlinearities, interactions between variables, constraints) of the underlying process physico-chemical phenomena to be taken into account in the models used for controller design.  A major trend in industry over the last 40 years has been employing constrained mathematical optimization techniq

  2. Dec. 6, 2017Notice of PhD Oral Defence - "Development of Graphene-Based Electrically Conductive Polymer Nano-Composites" by Yunseok Jun
  3. Dec. 6, 2017Notice of PhD Oral Defence - "Development of Graphene-Based Electrically Conductive Polymer Nano-Composites" by Yunseok Jun
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David Simakov

David Simakov

Assistant Professor

Professor Simakov’s research focuses on advanced heterogeneous catalysis and reactor design for sustainable reaction engineering, including conversion of greenhouse gases into renewable synthetic fuels.