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.


  1. Jan. 27, 2023Founder Fuel: Helping people make connections

    The entrepreneurship ecosystem at Waterloo Engineering nurtures promising ideas into thriving enterprises. In our weekly Founder Fuel series, we look at new ventures and how they have benefited from that crucial early support.

    After a stint in Silicon Valley, Spurrya Jaggi (BASc ’18, mechatronics engineering) created a social connection app called Lichi that makes it easy to build friendships through low-key meetups in bars, restaurants and cafés.

  2. Jan. 26, 2023 WATonoBus gets green light to offer shuttle service

    The University of Waterloo’s all-weather, self-driving bus, the WATonoBus, has hit the road with official go-ahead from Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation.

    Students, staff, faculty and visitors can enjoy the ride with a complimentary WATonobus shuttle service operating every Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  3. Jan. 25, 2023Students top 150 mph with self-driving car in Vegas

    Students at the University of Waterloo continue to push the limits of autonomous vehicles as members of a multi-school racing team.

    Eight engineering, computer science and mathematics students from Waterloo teamed up with peers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pittsburgh and the Rochester Institute of Technology for a high-profile event earlier this month at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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  1. Jan. 25 to Feb. 2, 2023International Engineering Co-op Bootcamp Consults
    Image: inviting international first year students for Engineering Co-op Bootcamp consults. Incentive: $15 on WatCard

    Note: This event is only for first year International Engineering students.

    The Centre for Career Action is facilitating consults in January 2023 to understand the experiences of students enrolled in the International Engineering Co-op Bootcamp. During the consults, we are interested in learning about how you navigated your first year of university as an international Engineering student, in-relation to co-op. We want to learn how we can improve the Bootcamp program for future prospective students. Whether you participated in the Bootcamp or not, your responses are vital to us as we work to create improved resources for other first year international Engineering students like you!

    The study will take approximately 1 hour to complete. If selected, we will confirm the time of your session with you. After attending and participating in the consult, $15 will be added to your WatCard.

    We will be facilitating both virtual and in-person consults, please complete the registration form to indicate your availability in January 2023. In-person consultations will be held in the Tatham Centre. If you are selected, we will send confirmation emails with more details.

  2. Feb. 2, 2023Praxes of Care: Cultural Districts
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    In Honour of Andrew Levitt, celebrating the legacy of a Professor Emeritus dedicated to teaching on care, and with care.

    Please join us for Cultural Districts, the lecture will be held from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Main Lecture Hall at the Waterloo School of Architecture.

    The lecture will be feature panelists Tura Cousins Wilson, SOCA, Cheryll Case, CP Planning and moderator: Linda Zhang, Waterloo Architecture.

    This is the second in a series of five lectures on the topic of maintenance.

    Praxes of Care asks, “what is an architecture of care?” Over four terms–Fall 2021 to Winter 2023–a series of conversations will bring together two or more architects, designers, researchers, artists, activists, and care workers to discuss care processes according to the themes of Attention, Action, Communication, and Maintenance. The series is curated by faculty, staff, and representatives of student groups: Treaty Lands Global Stories, Bridge, and the Sustainability Collective. Recent calls for change have shifted the discipline toward the underlying social and ecological processes enabled by the production of architecture. By listening to and learning about care practices from interdisciplinary perspectives, we can begin to reshape the discipline of architecture into a form of care.

  3. Feb. 3, 2023Quantum Today: Metamaterials for Broadband Light Absorption
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    Join us for Quantum Today, where we sit down with researchers from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) to talk about their work, its impact and where their research may lead.

    Materials that absorb many different colours of light efficiently are essential to build powerful optical sensors, with applications in health care, precision imaging, quantum communication, and more. By carefully designing an array of semiconductor nanowires, IQC researchers have built a metamaterial that efficiently absorbs light across a wide range of colours where common sensors often fail. In this instalment of Quantum Today, Professor Michael Reimer and Dr. Sasan V. Grayli from IQC and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering discuss their recent result and how it may be used in future technologies.

    Find their publication, titled “Semiconductor nanowire metamaterial for broadband near-unity absorption” in Scientific Reports and on the arXiv.

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