Welcome to Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is Waterloo’s largest academic department, with over 2,500 students, 95 full-time faculty members and 50 support staff. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering, ECE provides academic expertise and support to Waterloo’s multidisciplinary mechatronics, nanotechnology, and software engineering programs.

Our research activities cover a wide range of fields, from high-voltage engineering and sustainable energy to breakthroughs in wireless technology that will enhance communications across our global society. Our faculty members and students are creating low-cost digital x-ray imagers to combat tuberculosis in developing countries, and building real-time embedded systems that will advance the design and reliability of consumer and industrial products.

  1. May 6, 2019Sleep well! This radar system can monitor body’s vital signs wirelessly

    Scientists have developed a radar system that can wirelessly monitor the vital signs of patients, eliminating the need to hook them up to any machines. Housed in a device smaller than a cellphone, the new technology records heart and breathing rates using sensitive radar waves that are analyzed by sophisticated algorithms embedded in an onboard digital signal processing unit.

  2. May 6, 2019Next-generation Wi-Fi promises a good connection, even in airports

    While the world impatiently awaits the dawn of the 5G era, equipment manufacturers and network operators are slowly drawing attention to another new-and-improved wireless standard: Wi-Fi 6.

  3. Apr. 17, 2019Waterloo hackers top the standings in North America

    Hackers at the University of Waterloo topped counterparts at more than 2,000 other schools to take first-place honours in a North American league for the popular invention competitions.

    The result reflected the fact over 3,200 Waterloo students took part in more than 150 events supported by Major League Hacking (MLH) during the 2017-2018 season and finished in the top three at 30 of them.

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  1. May 21 to June 2, 2019Problem Pitch Competition open for applicationsProblem Pitch poster

    The Problem Lab presents the Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch. The competition invites teams of up to four students to choose an important industry problem and thoroughly research its history, scope, and impact. Students pitch their findings to a panel of judges on July 11th to compete for a share of up to $30,000 in funding.

  2. May 23, 2019ECE Grad Student Coffee Break

    This is a social event! Our goal is to take a break and connect with other grad students and faculty. We will have an ice breaker to help get everyone chatting. 

    Coffee/tea and treats will be provided.

    Bring your own mug and join us for a needed (and well-earned) break.

  3. May 29, 2019Building a Canadian Startup in California work group

    President and Vice-Chancellor, Feridun Hamdullahpur invites you to join fellow UWaterloo alumni at the new offices of Embark Technology as we bring together industry experts (who just happen to be former Waterloo students!) for a panel discussion on the challenges of “Building a Canadian Startup in California.”

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Faculty and staff can find departmental administrative information at our ECE Administrative SharePoint site.