Hannah Bernstein

Nanotechnology Engineering 2023
Hannah Bernstein

Introduce yourself briefly: 

Hello! My name is Hannah (she/her), and I am in the Nanotechnology Engineering Class of 2023.

Waterloo Engineering in one word: 


I choose Waterloo Engineering because: 

Waterloo Engineering programs are direct entry, meaning I would get to study Nanotechnology Engineering right from the beginning, and the co-op program would allow me to experience multiple jobs.

The best thing about my program is:

It is unique! It is incredible to have the opportunity to study Nanotechnology Engineering at an Undergraduate level, being exposed to it broadly at first and then narrowing in on two fields more specifically. 

About my Co-op experience: 

In my last three co-op positions, I worked in healthcare settings as a Researcher/Programmer. 

The first was at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics, where I designed and developed mobile applications to be used by clinicians in research studies. In the second (8-months), I worked for the University of Waterloo in the Faculty of Health’s Neuroscience, Mobility and Balance Lab, developing algorithms to detect sleep from wearable accelerometer data. My last co-op (8-months) was at The Hospital for Sick Children’s Stroke Imaging Lab where I developed neuroimage processing pipelines. 

In each co-op, I had the opportunity to conduct research, develop algorithms that would be used in National and International studies, and write abstracts and present posters for conferences. 

I wish I had known before I came: 

I wish I had known that I didn’t need to have it all figured out when I started University and that it is totally ok to change your mind about what you’re interested in and want to pursue! 

Outside the classroom, I’m involved with: 

I have been an Academic Representative for my class since 1A and have been a Residence Don and involved in the PeaceTech Living-Learning Community.  

A fun project I’ve completed: 

In my Laboratory Characterization Methods class in second year, we were given an FT-IR spectra for an unknown compound and had to work backwards to figure out what it was based on the different peaks and locations. I really enjoyed this project because it was like each student got a different puzzle that they were trying to solve!

One more thing about me: 

I love board games and have a huge collection!


Contact me: hrbernst@uwaterloo.ca or linkedin.com/in/hannah-bernstein-nano/