Canada's Largest Engineering School

Ranked among the top 50 engineering schools worldwide, Waterloo Engineering is committed to leading engineering education and research.

We are the largest engineering school in Canada, with over 10,500 students enrolled in 2021. In 2019/20, external research funding from Canadian and international partners exceeded $86.8 million, a strong indication of our extensive industry partnerships and the excellence of our engineering research programs.

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A research team at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) is using artificial intelligence (AI) to train more airline pilots in less time, for less money and in a more environmentally friendly way.

The project is led by Dr. Shi Cao, a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, with support from the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

A Waterloo Engineering research team from the Vision and Image Processing (VIP) Lab has developed an AI-powered system that counts beluga whales faster and with greater accuracy than traditional methods. 

Led by Dr. David Clausi, VIP lab co-director and a systems design engineering professor, the research team partnered with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to put their system to the test.