Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Researchers invent a better way to coat liquid drops

Technology invented by researchers at Waterloo Engineering could improve the targeted delivery of drugs within the human body.

The researchers developed a faster, cheaper way of coating and protecting liquid drops as they fall through a thin layer of liquid shell, a process that uses gravity and other natural forces.

Monday, October 21, 2019

RidgidWare offers everything from nuts and bolts to tools

When Katie Arnold needed solder for an engineering project she didn’t need to travel far to get it.

The fourth-year mechanical engineering student stopped by RidgidWare, an electronic components and hardware shop conveniently located across from the C&D and beside the Engineering Ideas Clinic in Engineering 7.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

System uses AI to identify collapsed lungs from x-rays

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify collapsed lungs from chest x-rays with greater accuracy than radiologists.

The system can now identify 75 per cent of cases - compared to less than 50 per cent for medical experts using chest x-rays - and researchers are working to boost that rate to more than 90 per cent.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Alumni medtech startup receives funding boost

An innovative medtech company co-founded by Waterloo Engineering alumni has secured $1 million CAD in pre-seed funding.

NERv Technology Inc. is developing a medical device to detect the leakage of gastrointestinal fluid into the abdominal cavity after a surgical procedure, in real time. 

In partnership with a number of physician angel-investors, a hospital, and Sunhope Capital VC, this recent round of funding will help to cover the costs associated with preclinical studies and further development of NERv’s medical device.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Technology designed to limit damage when AVs crash

New technology developed at Waterloo Engineering enables self-driving vehicles to limit injuries and damage in situations where they can’t avoid crashing.

The system is needed, according to mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor Amir Khajepour, because there are too many uncertainties to ever completely eliminate collisions involving autonomous vehicles.

“There are hundreds, thousands, of variable we have no control over,” he said. “We are driving and all of a sudden there is black ice, for instance, or a boulder rolls down a mountain onto the road.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Humans team up with AI to build new neural networks

Waterloo Engineering researchers have combined the skills of humans and the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a new type of compact neural networks.

The networks are suited to run on smartphones, tablets, and other embedded and mobile devices for tasks such as image classification and object segmentation.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Free student workshop aims to make campus safer

Registration is open for a free workshop to help male Waterloo Engineering students become leaders in creating a safer campus for everyone.

One of seven similar events being held across campus as part of HeForShe initiatives at the University of Waterloo, the Men’s Circle for engineering students will use interactive exercises and discussions to unpack harmful constructs of masculinity and increase understanding of the impact of behaviour.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Professor honoured with medal for engineering excellence

John McPhee, a systems design engineering professor, is the recipient of this year’s Engineering Medal - Engineering Excellence from Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sustainable design work wins award and will be part of Expo

A Waterloo School of Architecture professor’s research has captured a top sustainable design award and will be showcased at Expo 2020 taking place in Dubai next year.

Elizabeth English was awarded first place in the sustainable products category of the Architecture MasterPrize Product Design Award for her Buoyant Foundation Project of which she is the founder and director.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Engineering alumnus aims to develop artificial kidney

Waterloo Engineering alumnus Morteza Ahmadi is working to develop an artificial kidney at his startup company, Qidni Labs.

The long-term goal of the company, which operates out of the Velocity Garage in downtown Kitchener, is a small device that can be implanted in the body, sparing kidney dialysis patients from being hooked up to machines for hours at a time, several times a week.

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