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Friday, September 29, 2023

Waterloo ranked amongst world's best

The University of Waterloo tied 158 overall in the recently released Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024. Waterloo also placed 7th among 31 Canadian institutions.  

THE evaluated more than 1,900 universities around the world using an updated rankings methodology. Waterloo’s strongest indicators this year were research productivity, research excellence, research influence, patents and international staff.  

Hydrogen, the simplest and most abundant element, could be the best renewable energy source to fuel vehicles of the future. 

Dr. XiaoYu Wu, a mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, and his team of graduate and post-doctoral students are investigating the use of ammonia as a safe and efficient storage cell for hydrogen transportation.

This opinion piece by Dean Mary Wells of Waterloo Engineering appeared today in the Hill Times, a popular news source for Canadian politics and government news.

"It’s time we find ways to combat the growing tide of disinformation. We need governments, the research community, private industry, and citizens to find a way to bridge the gap between the people who design and build new technologies, and the public who are the users of those technologies." 

Hack the North, the largest collegiate hackathon in Canada, celebrated its 10th anniversary at the University of Waterloo with more than 1,000 students from around the world.

Organized by students for students, the annual event involves participants converging on campus to spend 36 intense hours creating innovative technologies through collaboration and mentorship.

Two Waterloo Engineering doctoral students will receive federal funding to support their research into the treatment of soft biological tissue disease and the separation of organic solvents to help reduce the industrial carbon footprint.  

Arya Amiri (systems design engineering) and Sharafat Ali (chemical engineering) have each won a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship valued at $150,000 – $50,000 per year for three years during their doctoral studies. 

In the first event for the Trust in Research Undertaken in Science and Technology Scholarly Network (TRuST), Dean Mary Wells and a distinguished panel of experts, delved into the various challenges researchers and practitioners across disciplines face in building trust with the public.

The evening event, Conversations on Trust in Science and Technology Lecture Series on Tuesday, September 12, centred on how, as society faces crises like shifting geopolitical tensions, climate change and a strained health care system, it's vital to build public trust in research and the scientists who produce it.

A civil and environmental engineering professor joins an elite group of scientists worldwide as the recipient of a prestigious award recognizing her significant contributions to international water research.

Dr. Nandita Basu, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology, has been awarded the American Geophysical Union (AGU)’s Joanne Simpson Medal for Mid-Career Scientists. The annual award honours individuals working in Earth and space sciences who have made notable scientific achievements while displaying exemplary character.

Nine students from around the world recently participated in Waterloo Engineering's first Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship (SSEF) program. 

The program presented the students with a challenge centred on the complex issue of housing. More specifically, how to build 47,000 homes in a way that is sustainable and kind.  


Once upon a time, a group of recent Waterloo Engineering alumni organized regular lunches to stay in touch with their classmates.

Now, 52 years later, Jim Pike (BASc ’69, mechanical engineering) and Tom Corcoran (BASc ’69, electrical engineering) share why these friendships are so valuable later in life.  


Two Waterloo Engineering professors have combined their research innovations to create a suite of new technologies that will increase battery life by 30 per cent and lower the cost of manufacturing. 

Developed by Dr. William Wong and Dr. Manoj Sachdev from the electrical and computer engineering department, this game-changing technology could be used in smart glasses, watches, tablets and other products.