Monday, July 19, 2021

Vanier scholar to advance energy storage system work

Manh-Kien Tran will receive $50,000 annually for the next three years from the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to further develop his research focused on building a smart cloud-based battery management system.

The new chemical engineering doctoral student believes advancements in energy storage systems will result in a safer, cleaner, and more energy-efficient society.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Engineering prof answers mRNA vaccine questions

With people throughout the world now being immunized against COVID-19, many are questioning how mRNA vaccines work and what benefits they provide.

Bill Anderson, professor emeritus in chemical engineering, responds to common queries about the vaccines and their development. 

See Q and A with the experts: mRNA vaccine production for the full story.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Remembering a 'warrior and beacon of courage'

Mary Wells, dean of Waterloo Engineering, fondly remembers Pearl Sullivan in the spring 2021 issue of Waterloo Magazine.

Dean of the Faculty for seven years, Sullivan died in November 2020 after a 12-year battle with cancer.

"Under her leadership as the first woman dean of Waterloo Engineering from 2012 until 2019, the Faculty reimagined engineering education and research with revolutionary spaces including the spectacular Engineering 7 building and transformative programs that will ensure Waterloo remains a leader in engineering well into the future," writes Wells.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Grad co-founds startup to improve math learning

Travis Ratnam (BASc ’06. electrical engineering) remembers the first time he felt self-conscious about his grades.

In elementary school, the classroom bully went through everyone’s report cards, “trying to figure out who the dumbest kid was and concluded it was me,” he says.

Ratnam is using lessons learned from that early setback to help other children as the co-founder and CEO of Knowledgehook, a software platform that uses artificial intelligence to help teachers uncover each student’s unique learning needs.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

WATonomous drives to a top spot in contest

Waterloo’s student-led autonomous vehicle team placed second in the final stage of the four-year international SAE AutoDrive Challenge.

The challenge, which ended last month, had teams convert a stock Chevrolet Bolt EV into a fully autonomous vehicle.

WATonomous completed the last leg of the competition with its best results to date, improving on the team’s third-place finish in the third year of the competition.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Funding to advance additive manufacturing leadership role

Federal funding of $8.2 million announced July 7 will accelerate Waterloo’s expertise in Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) and establish a collaborative consortium between post-secondary institutions and industry partners.

The Additive Manufacturing Alliance will help businesses throughout southern Ontario overcome barriers to adopting advanced manufacturing technologies by providing access to Waterloo's MSAM specialized 3D-printing expertise and equipment.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Alumnus is first Canadian to receive IEC’s top honour

Tony Capel (BASc ’70 and MASc ’73, electrical engineering) is the recipient of the 2021 Lord Kelvin Award from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Monday, July 5, 2021

Student-led fund grows to $20 million  

For over three decades, the now $20-million Waterloo Engineering Endowment Foundation (WEEF) has covered the cost of everything from significant pieces of equipment to Lego kits engineering students have put to good use.

Co-founders Avi Belinsky (BASc ’90, electrical engineering) and John Vellinga (BASc ’91, systems design engineering) came up with the idea for the fund over $2 beers in Carl Pollock Hall's POETs in 1989.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Dean shares message on unmarked Marieval graves

It is deeply heartbreaking to learn that the remains of hundreds of people, including children, were found in unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

Waterloo Engineering stands with the Cowessess First Nation, and with the communities, families and individuals affected by this trauma. We are saddened knowing of the pain felt for the hundreds of children at Marieval and other Canadian residential schools who never went home, saddened for the families and communities whose children were taken and could not begin to heal.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

WATonoBus shuttle now being showcased on campus

An autonomous shuttle bus developed by a research team led by a Waterloo Engineering professor is now being showcased at the University of Waterloo.

The demonstration of the WATonoBus is the first of its kind at a Canadian academic institution and marks a significant milestone in a multi-year initiative to demonstrate and integrate autonomous transportation onto the campus.

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