Nanotechnology Engineering 2022

Rebecca MacHi! I’m Rebecca and I’m a student in Nanotechnology Engineering. I can’t wait to tell you about my experience so far as a Waterloo student. I’ve had the opportunity to learn so many new things and meet great people since starting university. Career-wise, I’m really interested in combining aspects of chemistry, materials science and medicine to bring new innovations to the field of health care. When I’m not studying in QNC, I work with the technical team in the University of Waterloo Nanorobotics Group (UWNRG). We build robots on the micrometer scale that we send to international competitions! In my spare time, I also love to play classical music on the piano and draw cartoons. If you have any questions about my program, please feel free to email me!

Waterloo Engineering in one word:


I chose Waterloo Engineering because:

There are so many opportunities here to explore your interests and talents. Not only do we have a great co-op program, we also have tons of design teams, labs, and other resources that allow us to use what we learn in school to work on something we’re passionate about.

The best thing about my program is:

The sense of “family” in our cohort. In every Waterloo Engineering program, you have a cohort that you stick with throughout the entire program. You take all your courses together, you study together, you apply for co-op jobs together and you have fun together. I’ve made so many friends in my class already, and we’ve helped each other to make it through both the successes and struggles of this program. It’s nice to know that no matter what, you have a group of friends and classmates that you can always count on.

About Co-op:

During my first co-op term, I worked as a research assistant at a lab focusing on tissue engineering. It was awesome! I learned about a lot of things that we haven’t even covered in class yet, such as fluid dynamics and some concepts from materials science.

I wish I had known before I came:

Your university experience is only what you make of it. Take initiative to get involved with things you’re interested in. You’ll have time for extracurriculars even in first year, I promise!

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:

  • University of Waterloo Nanorobotics Group (UWNRG)
  • Engineering Ambassadors

One more thing about me:

I have a terrible sense of direction. Good thing most of my classes are in QNC!

Contact me:

University of Waterloo