Thursday, May 26, 2022

Milestones celebrated at Faculty Commencement Day

Major academic milestones in the careers of faculty members were celebrated Wednesday as Waterloo Engineering hosted its inaugural Faculty Commencement Day in the Engineering 7 event space.

The event recognized faculty members who have received tenure, and promotion to associate professor and full professor, and those advancing from lecturer to continuing lecturer. New faculty members, who bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm, novel research focuses and the potential for future achievements, were also welcomed into the Waterloo Engineering community.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Painless patch in development for diabetes monitoring

Researchers are developing a tiny, painless, wearable patch for people with type 1 diabetes that will send crucial readings to their smartphones.

The new project, funded by the JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), involves the use of hundreds of tiny microneedles to sense glucose and ketone levels.

The research team is aiming to bring a product to market within the next few years to provide continuous, non-invasive monitoring to improve health and eliminate painful, inconvenient finger pricks.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Varma family donation backs robotics professorship

Six decades after travelling halfway around the world to take a chance on a new university in Canada, a proud alumnus of Waterloo Engineering is helping it grow in a way he would never have imagined possible.

Nityanand Varma was the proverbial immigrant with eight dollars in his pocket when he left his native India in the early 1960s to do a master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Professors named University Research Chairs

Evelyn Yim and Aiping Yu, both chemical engineering professors, have been designated University of Waterloo Research Chairs along with seven other professors across the campus.

Yim, who joined Waterloo Engineering in 2016, is an expert in nanofabrication technologies and is one of the leading researchers studying the use of synthetic materials for altering stem cell behavior and differentiation of stem cell culture.

Monday, May 16, 2022

AI models identify COVID-19 patients at greatest risk

New artificial intelligence (AI) models developed by researchers at Waterloo Engineering can help doctors prioritize care by predicting which COVID-19 patients are most at risk of dying or developing kidney injuries during hospitalization.

The sophisticated computer software identifies vulnerable patients by learning from previous COVID-19 patient cases with known clinical outcomes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

3D printed projects exhibited at national gallery

School of Architecture student projects that test how building facades of the future can be 3D printed with clay are on display at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery located in downtown Waterloo.

The exhibit, entitled Material Syntax: 3D Printed Masonry Facade Systems, was coordinated by David Correa, a School of Architecture professor.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Dean Wells remembers student Oren Zernov

Dear Colleagues,

It is with the deepest sadness that I share the news of the passing of Oren Zernov, a University of Waterloo second-year Chemical Engineering student, on April 24th, 2022.

He was a diligent student who worked hard with great anticipation for becoming an engineer. Oren’s family has been heartened by the many positive letters and messages that they have received from his friends and fellow students.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Professor honoured for supervision of grad students

A longtime professor at Waterloo Engineering has been honoured after supervising well over 150 graduate students.

Claudio Cañizares, a professor of electrical and computer engineering since 1993, is one of three campus-wide winners of the Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Alumnus startup Tailscale is out to 'fix the Internet'

A growing startup company that was co-founded by two Waterloo Engineering graduates is in unicorn territory after securing US $100 million in new funding.

Tailscale Inc., which was launched just three years ago and currently has 35 employees, was founded by alumni Avery Pennarun (BASc ’01, computer engineering) and David Carney (BASc ’01, computer engineering) along with David Crawshaw.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

IBET fellowship will help advance PhD student's research

A chemical engineering doctoral student will further her climate change research at Waterloo Engineering as a recipient of the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowship.

Iris Samputu, who was born and raised in Kenya, came to Canada in 2015 to attend the University of Ottawa where she completed a BASc and MASc in chemical engineering. Her MASc studies work focused on the development of membranes for carbon capture.

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