Posts for the Topic Engineering

Making moves in robotics

Todd Tang looking downwards.

In middle school, Todd Tang (he/him), discovered a passion that has led him to co-op at the University of Waterloo. Today, the second-year Mechatronics Engineering student talks about his goal to lend a helping hand to the field of robotics and bring robots, as well as his career, to life.


Todd's co-op journey:

Beyond Silicon Valley - exploring the GaN revolution

Dhruv Thakkar smiling.

Dhruv Thakkar is currently in his second-year of Mechatronics Engineering and has completed two work terms so far. In this blog, Dhruv explains his new-found passion for the electronics industry and shares how his co-op experience has helped him grow and find himself. He also reflects on his time in California and gives us a glimpse into that life.  


Dhruv’s co-op experience:

From space to research, engineering covers all grounds

An image of Emily and a Lunar Rover

Emily Steiner (she/her), a fourth-year Mechatronics Engineering student, walks us through her co-op experiences and dives into how her work terms shaped her career aspirations.


Emily’s co-op journey: 

Finding your way when things don’t go as planned

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Paniz Ojaghi (she/her), a second year Software Engineering student talks about her first attempt at the co-op application process and discusses how she navigated employment in the engineering field.

Paniz did not find a co-op position in time for her first work term. After a lot of research and hard work, she found her first work experience with the help of the Waterloo Experience (WE) Accelerate program.

Working on robots in Germany

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Maya Rukavina-Nolsoe is a third-year student in Mechanical Engineering. She talks about her experience on an international co-op term in Germany and shares how she balances her interest in travel and her passion for robotics.


Maya's co-op journey:

Dominating the field of civil engineering one co-op at a time

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Sarra Alhassan, a fourth-year Civil Engineering student pursuing the Management Sciences option, reflects on her various co-op positions and discusses how each role shaped her passion for an entrepreneurial, philanthropic and impactful career in the future.


 Sarra’s Co-op Journey:

Work term one

Building a global architectural resume

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Serena Zoe Valles, a fourth-year Architectural Engineering student, shares how she took advantage of international co-op opportunities to build her architectural resume. 


Work term 1: Worked in Vannes, France at the architecture firm Alinea Architects.

Work term 2: Worked in Toronto, Canada at Kearns Mancini Architects Inc

What you study doesn’t have to be what you do

Saurav standing in front of a water body

Saurav Gurhale, fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student, tells his story of how co-op completely changed his future career path.

The pivot from web developer to stock trading

Stefan standing in front of a panoramic view

Stefan Zivkovic, a third-year Management Engineering student shares his co-op experiences and how he went from a web developer to stock trading in two years.


Term 1: Systems and process engineer at Epic Parking Control Services, Canada.

Term 2: Web developer at Horizn, Canada.

Engineering mindset meets scientific problems

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Jennifer Tsai (she/her), a third-year Biomedical Engineering student is the recipient of the Co-op Student of the Year Award for the Faculty of Engineering. Jennifer’s curiosity in science mixed with her engineering skills put her on track to great achievements in her co-op positions. She is being recognized for her incredible work at the Cembrowski Lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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