ECE Alumna Barbara Paldus receives Alumni Achievement Medal for Professional Achievement

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Eager for a challenge when she looked into attending Waterloo Engineering as a 17-year-old, Paldus (Elect, Math ’93) did a double undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and applied math at the same time, before moving on to graduate studies at Stanford University.

While at Stanford, she developed a spectrometer a million times more sensitive than existing instruments and set about commercializing her invention after collecting her doctorate. Her cavity ring-down spectroscopy is now used for everything from detecting pipeline leaks to ensuring the bananas in shipments all ripen at the same time.

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