Electrical Engineering 2021

Tom RileyMy name is Thomas, but you can call me Tom. I am from the small village of Lafontaine, just outside of the town of Penetanguishene Ontario. I am in Electrical Engineering because I am obsessed with circuits, and I am graduating in 2021. I have been doing mostly PCB (printed circuit board) design as well as other electronics stuff on my coops, and I hope to be able to get into high frequency (RF and Microwave) circuits in the future.

Waterloo Engineering in one word:


I chose Waterloo Engineering because:

I chose Waterloo Engineering so that I could get real practical experience from co-op while getting a top-class education in school.

The best thing about my program is:

Electrical Engineering is honestly my passion because I get to build and design things that people use everyday like computers, cell-phones and TVs. I also just find electricity and magnetism to be black magic that I hope to fully understand one day.

About Co-op:

Co-op has been great for me so far because I have gotten to do what I love, electronics design, right from my very first coop. My two co-ops so far compliment each other quite nicely, because I got to do a lot of hands on design work in my first co-op at a startup, and then I got to use a bunch of fancy equipment when I worked for SMART technologies (known for SMART boards) in Calgary.

I wish I had known before I came:

That the DC library has so many great books on such interesting topics. It is a great place if you are a nerd like me. Also, I didn’t realize I came from a small town until I heard about all the crazy places people are from!

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:

In addition to helping give tours and helping at open houses through engineering ambassadors, I am also an academic representative for my class. As an academic rep. I am a liaison between my class and the professors and department, bringing up any concerns students have. In the past I have been on various design teams and the cooking club.

One more thing about me:

I am currently trying to learn French. I took it as an elective this term and I plan to try to take an exchange in my third year.

Contact me: tom.riley@uwaterloo.ca

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