Thursday, October 22, 2020

Four engineering subjects crack the world's top 100

Waterloo Engineering placed two subjects in the top 50 and two more in the top 100 in worldwide university rankings for 2021.

In an evaluation of more than 1,500 global universities by media company U.S. News and World Report, electrical engineering ranked 25th and mechanical engineering was 49th.

Civil engineering was ranked 73rd and chemical engineering held the 87th spot.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Waterloo tech adopted by major US pathology centre

Technology developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo has been adopted by a major pathology facility in the United States.

The Joint Pathology Center (JPC), which has the world’s largest collection of preserved human tissue samples, will use an artificial intelligence (AI) search engine to index and search its digital archive as part of a modernization effort.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Redirecting master's research for COVID detection

Linda Wang quickly pivoted her work last spring to help develop technology to detect COVID-19.

Wang, who will receive her master’s degree in systems design engineering this week, helped create COVID-Net, now an open-source tool designed to screen coronavirus cases from chest X-ray images. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Posthumous and honorary degrees recognize achievements

As part of this week's fall convocation, Waterloo Engineering will award a posthumous doctoral degree to Mansour Esnaashary Esfahani who died in the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 in January 2020.

Esfahani was conducting his civil engineering PhD research in the field of construction automation and management, focusing on adaptive reuse projects in the circular economy.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Instant laser imaging could guide brain surgeons

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have taken an important step in the development of a microscope to precisely guide doctors during surgery to remove brain tumors.

For the first time, they used laser imaging technology to almost instantly identify cancerous tissue with accuracy comparable to laboratory tests that take up to two weeks.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Alumnus explores tech, youth mental health in podcast

Work by a Waterloo Engineering alumnus to tackle mental health issues using digital technology was highlighted this week as part of a national initiative to help prepare Canadian youth for the future.

Yuri Quintana, who earned all three of his engineering degrees at Waterloo, is a professor at Harvard Medical School and chief of clinical informatics at one of its teaching hospitals.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Engineering team earns a spot in global Dyson finals

A team of former engineering students from the University of Waterloo has made a shortlist of finalists in a high-profile international invention competition.

Scope, which is developing a better zoom function for smartphones and other applications, is one of 20 teams from countries around the world still in the running for the 2020 James Dyson Award.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A message of condolence from Dean Mary Wells

Yesterday we heard the extremely sad news that Jason Arbour, a second-year Computer Engineering student, had died. There are no words to express the deep sadness I felt when I heard this news. I spoke to Jason’s family this morning and heard from his father Kerry about what a thoughtful, adventuresome and kind person Jason was. In Kerry’s words, although Jason was only 20 years old he had lived a very full life.

Jason’s parents, Kerry and Anne, asked me to share the following message with our community:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Postdoc to advance research with new fellowship

Backed by a new funding program, postdoctoral researcher Edris Madadian is designing innovative technology to remove contaminants from sewage sludge, the main by-product from wastewater treatment plants.

Madadian is one of four across the University to receive financial support from the AMTD Waterloo Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellowship established with a $3 million dollar donation from a University alumnus..

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Miovision cited as top innovator in Canada for 2020

A company founded by three Waterloo Engineering students 15 years ago will receive a national honour next week for its innovative approach to traffic management.

Miovision is the 2020 recipient of the Innovator of the Year award given out annually by the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) to a company that “disrupts and transforms an industry in profound ways.”

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