Monday, August 12, 2019

Ontario premier visits Waterloo campus

Premier Doug Ford visits Waterloo

During his visit to Waterloo region last Friday, Premier Doug Ford came to campus to see Professor Michael Worswick’s Waterloo Forming and Crash Lab and experience first hand one of the largest academic laboratories for such research. Worswick is co-Principal Investigator for the $35M Ontario Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (OAMC), a joint initiative between Waterloo, McMaster and Western.

Funded by the province of Ontario, the OAMC works with industry partners across a diverse range of markets to accelerate innovation and facilitate industry access to professional research staff, world-class equipment and large-scale infrastructure, enabling industry-focused R&D on rapid project timelines. 

Minister Ross Romano, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities was also in attendance.

Velocity Fund Pitch Competition applications close tonight

Velocity pitch competition gif with CN Tower

Since 2011, Velocity has supported the emergence of scalable, hyper-growth companies from the University of Waterloo through a pioneering pitch competition. In March, Velocity took the next big step, transitioning the $25K grant prize to a $50K investment.

The next Velocity Fund Pitch Competition will be held in Toronto on September 19. Velocity thanks those who have already submitted applications and would like to remind people that all applications must be in by 11:59 p.m. tonight. 

Four winners will each receive a $50,000 post-money SAFE (investment) through Velocity’s micro-VC fund, powered by AngelList.

Learn more about this year's competition or access the full application directly.

Dave Hollinger says farewell to black and gold

This article was originally published on the Waterloo Warriors website.

Dave Hollinger and student at golf courseOne of the most respected and well-liked members of the Warriors community is officially calling it retirement at the end of July. After 16 years of coaching over 100 student-athletes, Dave Hollinger is stepping aside to focus on his health and slow his routine down.

"We can't thank Dave enough for all that he has done for our student-athletes and beyond," said director of athletics and recreation, Roly Webster. "The impact he has had on our student-athletes, alumni, and golf program can only be described as exceptional."

Hollinger has been named the OUA Coach of the Year seven times (2005, 2006,, 2010, 2011, 2014-16) leading the Warriors to 12 OUA Championship medals (7 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze). He also competed as a student-athlete from 1969-74, leading the Warriors to three OUA gold medals.

"Dave is truly committed to the program. I'm sure he bleeds black and gold," said current head coach Mike Martz.

Read the full announcement.

Link of the day

International Youth Day

When and Where

On-campus examination period, Friday, August 2 to Friday, August 16.

Lobsterlicious at the University Club, Wednesday, August 7 to Friday, August 16, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., University Club.

Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students, Friday, August 9 to Friday, August 16.

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, Sunday, August 11 to Friday, August 23, Conrad Grebel University College.

UW Food Services Recruitment Fair, Monday, August 12, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

Perseids Sky-watching Party and Cosmic Mirages Lecture, Monday, August 12, 7:30 p.m., OPT 347.

Department seminar by Dr. Pavel Krupskiy, University of Melbourne, "Spatial Cauchy processes with local tail dependence," Tuesday, August 13, M3 3127.

Eating Disorder Support Group, Tuesday, August 13, 4:00 p.m., NH 3308.

Instructional Skills Workshop, Tuesday, August 13 to Friday, August 16.

New Faculty Welcome Social, Tuesday, August 13, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., The Grad House (second floor).

Workday Drop-in Support, Tuesday, August 13,  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021.

Webinar: Authors' Rights, Wednesday, August 14, 10:00 a.m.

In-person Part-time MBET Information, Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., E7 second floor.

Grades begin to appear in Quest, Saturday, August 17.

Quantum Key Distribution Summer School, Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23.

More Feet on the Ground - Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Monday, August 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., NH 2447.

Deadline to get “Fees Arranged,” Tuesday, August 20.

Workday Drop-in Support, Tuesday, August 20,  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021.

Pension Lunch and Learn session, Thursday, August 22, 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m., STC 1012.

Co-operative work term ends, Friday, August 23.

QPR Mental Health Training for Faculty and Staff, Monday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., NH 2447.

Workday Drop-in Support, Tuesday, August 27,  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., EC1 1021.

Getting Started in LEARN, Wednesday, August 28.

Copyright for Teaching, Wednesday, August 28, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., LIB 329.

Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: How to Set and Crush Your Goals, Wednesday, August 28, 12:00 p.m., MC 5479.

International Orientation, Thursday, August 29 to Saturday, August 31.

Residence Move-In Day, Saturday, August 31.

PhD oral defences

Computer Science. Benjamin Cassell, “Building Efficient Software to Support Content Delivery Services.” Supervisor, Tim Brecht. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence Tuesday, August 13, 9:00 a.m., DC 2310.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Ronghuai Qi, “Redundant Hybrid Cable-Driven Robots: Modeling, Control, and Analysis.” Supervisors Amir Khajepour and William Melek. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Tuesday, August 13, 9:30 a.m., ERC 3012.

Statistics and Actuarial Science. Li-Pang Chen, “Survival Analysis of Complex Featured Data with Measurement Error.” Supervisor, Grace Yi. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence Tuesday, August 13, 10:30 a.m., M3 3001.

School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Nour Hammami, “Gender Differences in Chronic Disease Risk Behaviours and their Association with Body Mass Index: Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Multilevel Analysis Among a Large Sample of Youth.” On display in Applied Health Sciences, BMH 3110. Oral defence Wednesday August 14, 12:00 p.m., LHN 1703.