Nanotechnology Engineering 2021

Aidan Luscombe

My name’s Aidan and I am a student in Nanotechnology Engineering at Waterloo! I try to balance my time well between academics, extracurriculars, hanging out with friends, and just relaxing or playing video games. I have been involved in Residence Council as my floor’s representative, Engineering Society as one of my class’s representatives, and I am obviously an Engineering Ambassador! If you have any questions about Nanotechnology Engineering or any of the things I have listed above, please contact me! I’d be more than happy to answer your questions.

Why I chose Waterloo Engineering...

I chose Waterloo Engineering because of its amazing reputation as well as Waterloo’s excellent co-op program. Coming out of an undergraduate degree with 2 years of work experience is a great asset in an economy that is always becoming more and more competitive. Furthermore, Waterloo is the only university in Canada that offers Nanotechnology Engineering as an undergraduate program.

I wish I had known before I came...

That I would get the chance to meet so many amazing and similar-minded people! In just the first few months of my time at Waterloo, I had made some really amazing friendships. Before coming to university, I was always nervous about making friends and how hard it would be to talk to new people. However, when you get here, everyone else is in the same boat, and you end up meeting a lot of people with similar interests to you, especially the people in your own program! I wish I had known how incredibly easy and exciting it is to make new friends in university.

I chose my program because...

When I came to the Fall Open House in 2015, I attended an information session on Nanotechnology Engineering. After that, I was completely hooked. Going into the open house, I had my mind set on Chemical Engineering because I figured it would allow me to do a lot of the science that I love, chemistry. However, at the information session, I learned that Nanotechnology Engineers do even more chemistry than Chemical Engineers, and we also get to delve into many other sciences such as Biology, Materials, Physics, Circuits, Programming, and a lot of Quantum. The biggest appeal to Nanotechnology Engineering was its breadth of subject matter and cutting-edge technology.

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What I like best about my program...

I love that the size of my program is relatively small (~120 people), which allows a great sense of community. All of us are always looking to help each other, and there is almost never any division caused by competition. It’s also amazing to be constantly surrounded by people who love all the same subjects as you.

Outside the classroom, I am involved in...

ResCouncil (Residence Council), EngSoc (Engineering Society), Engineering Ambassadors (Tours, Shadow Days, etc).

Favorite Extra-curricular...

Probably Engineering Ambassadors! ResCouncil is also very fun because we get to host events for everyone in our residence.

Highlights of first year experience?

Getting to know all of the amazing people in my program, bonding with my roommate, getting involved in lots of amazing extracurriculars, design projects in my introduction to nanotechnology class, etc.

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