When the coronavirus pandemic necessitated the closure of university campuses across Canada, the Department of Chemical Engineering quickly transitioned the last few weeks of classes online so students could finish their term from the safety of home. At the same time, our spring term instructors began adapting their lectures, which would begin in just a few short weeks, for online delivery. Now, with these experiences as a foundation, we are building upon our successes and incorporating the best aspects of remote teaching into our plans for future terms.
On Thursday, April 30th, Chemical Engineering’s faculty and staff came together online with students and their families for the Capstone Awards Ceremony, a unique celebration of the many accomplishments of our fourth-year students. After logging in from home, where they watched the proceedings on their own computer screen, guests enjoyed an awards show to rival the Oscars, with heartfelt speeches, humorous skits and a musical performance.
The Capstone Design project reinforces the concepts of team work, project management, research and design. This year’s fourth-year Chemical Engineering students added video production to the list of skills they learned from the project.
Ralph Dickhout, Chemical Engineering’s Manager of Analytical Services and Laboratory Safety, retires after providing behind-the-scenes support for the research conducted in the department for almost thirty years.
Department of Chemical Engineering’s Professor Marc Aucoin and two colleagues from the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy lean on years of collaboration across disciplines as they join the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.
University of Waterloo chemical engineering professor Bill Anderson continues his work to mitigate the shortage of protective gear needed by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis by enabling the safe re-use of existing equipment.
Professor Bill Anderson from the Department of Chemical Engineering is applying his expertise with UV-C disinfection to tackle a timely and potentially life-threatening problem: the shortage of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) that protect users from particles and aerosols in the air that they breathe.
Congratulations to Christopher Deutschman, Keith Cleland and Sabrina Mattiasi for their first-, second- and third-place finishes in Chemical Engineering’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) department heat on February 4th.