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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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. June 17, 2017Dr. Hamed Shahsavan receives Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies AwardProf. Zhao and Dr. Shahsavan at UW Spring 2017 Convocation

    Recent PhD graduate Dr. Hamed Shahsavan has received an Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies award during the Spring 2017 university convocation.

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  1. Sep. 28, 2017Seminar - “Successful Innovation”, by Dr. HADI MAHABADI, O.C., FCAE, FCIC, President of CanWin Consulting Inc.

    ABSTRACT:  It appears that innovation means at least several things to different people – any new product or service, value creation or a particular “culture of innovation.” But these and many other “interpretations” of innovation are less meaningless, as this author believes In fact the only thing that matters is whether an innovation creates impacts such as wealth / job creation and social advancement. And the only metric for determining that wealth is net cash flow.

  2. Oct. 19, 2017Seminar - “An Integrated Experimental and Theoretical Approach to Investigate Biomass Fast Pyrolysis”, by Dr. KHURSHEED AHMAD BADRUDDIN ANSARI, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University,


    Part A: Investigation of the Interplay of Reaction and Transport within Biomass Particle during Fast Pyrolysis

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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.