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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, 93 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 25, 2018Silicon breakthrough enables cheap microwave technology

    Researchers in Canada have found a way to generate microwaves using inexpensive silicon which could dramatically lower the cost of production and improve sensors in devices such as driverless cars.

    “Until now, this was considered impossible,” said CR Selvakumar, an engineering professor at the University of Waterloo who proposed the concept several years ago.

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  2. May 25, 2018Nachiket Kapre and Jan Gray win 2017 ACM TRETS Best Paper Award

    ECE Professor Nachiket Kapre and his collaborator, Waterloo alumnus, Jan Gray (B. Math CS/EEE), recently won the ACM TRETS 2017 Best Paper Award for their journal article “Hoplite: A Deflection-Routed Directional Torus NoC for FPGAs”. This award recognizes the best paper published in the premier FPGA journal ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems; it was selected among the best 28 papers of that year.  Kapre and Gray presented the paper at the 26th IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines in May.

  3. May 16, 2018WATonomous wins awards in autonomous car contest

    University of Waterloo students drove away from the first part of a competition to develop a self-driving car with four awards and a fourth place overall finish.

    Competing in the three-year AutoDrive Challenge held April 30 to May 5 in Arizona, the WATonomous student team won first in the Social Responsibility Presentation, second in both the Concept Design Report and Mapping Challenge events and third in Technical Reports contest. 

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  1. June 21 to 22, 2018Resource Recovery Partnership Conference 2018

    The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association are pleased to offer complimentary academic registration to faculty and students for this 2-day event.

    This conference is intended to bring together international experts, policy makers, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to explore how the advancements in resource recovery technologies and the pursuit of a sustainable economy are changing the way we interact with our world.

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