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About Waterloo Engineering

A Global leader in engineering education and research

When local entrepreneurs established our university, with Engineering as the founding faculty, they approached the task from a business perspective, knowing creativity and innovation were the keys to problem solving. Co-op education, as we now know it, was born. 

Today, Waterloo is Canada’s largest engineering school and a pipeline for engineering talent for the world’s leading technology companies.

Ranked among the top 50 engineering schools in the world, our reputation for excellence is built on the foundation of co-op education and a bold history of innovation.

We are renowned as a university that embraces differentiation, named by Maclean’s as Canada’s most innovative university for 25 straight years.

We are trailblazers, laying the ground work for others to follow – the most sought after engineering school in Canada.

Waterloo Engineering offers 14 bachelor degree programs, including degrees in emerging multidisciplinary areas such as biomedical, mechatronics, nanotechnology and environmental engineering.

All undergraduate programs are 100% co-op, more than 8000 co-op positions are arranged for students annually. Each year, we graduate the largest number of engineers at both the undergraduate and graduate level in Canada. 

In 31 graduate degree programs, including course-based and research masters, and doctoral studies, our graduate students benefit from a robust and innovative research environment including:   

  • more than $60 million in research funding in 2014/2015

  • 19 Canada Research Chairs

  • 11 endowed, industrial, and government funded research chairs

  • 54 Early Researcher Award recipients

  • more than a dozen research centres and institutes

  • a unique inventor-owned intellectual property policy 

We are proud of our reputation for leadership, innovation, and excellence.

The University of Waterloo is one of the world’s top technology schools…[attracting] prominent faculty members from around the world as well as Canada’s top engineering and computer science students.”                                                                                                                         The New York Times 

 There is an undeniable reputation throughout tech of the kind of engineering talent that comes out of the University of Waterloo. The students here are probably going to be the business leaders of this century.”  

Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit

Learn more about current developments in our newsletters, Eng-e-news and the Waterloo Engineering Alumni Letter (WEAL).


Dean of Engineering

Pearl Sullivan

Pearl Sullivan is Waterloo Engineering’s eighth dean of engineering and the first woman to hold the post.

Pearl Sullivan's biography

Office of the Dean

Located in Carl Pollock Hall (CPH), Room 4301

List of contacts 

Phone: 519-888-4567 extension: 32718


  • Undergraduate Enrolment: 7,339
  • Graduate Enrolment: 1810
  • Faculty Members: 296
  • Staff Members: 220
  • Alumni: 41,281
  • Research funding: $64.1 million (2014/2015)

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