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Electrical and computer engineering professor, Shesha Jayaram, received IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Outstanding Achievement Award. This award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the application of electricity to industry in accordance with the scope of the IEEE Industry Applications Society. This award was first presented in 1969. She is the first female to win this award in 54 years!




Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Transitioning from student to alum

Having weathered the COVID-19 pandemic far from home, Waterloo Engineering alum and Muay Thai instructor, Qianshu Wang (BASc ‘19, Nanotechnology Engineering) is back in Waterloo figuring out his next move. 

Born in China, Wang and his family moved to the Waterloo Region when he was in Grade 7. After completing his degree, Wang spent three years working in Newfoundland as a process designer in next-generation holographic display development. That experience, as well as his recent travels in Thailand and Switzerland, helped him learn more about himself and who he wants to be. 

As he reboots for his next adventure (he’s interested in semi-conductor engineering in Germany or the Netherlands), Wang highlights his involvement with the Recent Engineering Alumni Council (REAC) for helping him through some challenging times over the past couple of years.  

Electrical and computer engineering is pleased to welcome two new first-year students to its cohort, through the Schulich Leader Scholarships program. Awarded annually to 100 high school students across Canada, the Schulich Leader Scholarships are granted to exceptional students who show great entrepreneurial promise in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and its Members have elected this year’s new Fellows and named the incoming class of the RSC College.

One hundred and one new Fellows have been elected by their peers for their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Recognition by the RSC for career achievement is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences. One of those newly elected Fellows is electrical and computer engineering professor, Kerstin Dautenhahn.

Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor, Mahla Poudineh, won an international prize for women that recognizes excellence in science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing and design.

Poudineh, who serves as director for ECE’s IDEATION lab, is one of six recipients of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award for Science. All six diverse, international female recipients were selected out of a competitive global applicant pool that garnered 650 entries from 40 countries.

Electrical and computer engineering Professor Nachiket Kapre, his MITACS research intern, Niansong Zhang, and collaborator, Professor Xiang Chen (Sun Yat-sen University), were awarded the ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems (TRETS) 2023 Best Paper Award for their article “RapidLayout: Fast Hard Block Placement of FPGA-optimized Systolic Arrays using Evolutionary Algorithms” at the 2023 Design Automation Conference (DAC) in July. 

This award recognizes the best paper published in the premier Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) journal ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems (TRETS).