Friday, January 27, 2023

Founder Fuel: Helping people make connections

The entrepreneurship ecosystem at Waterloo Engineering nurtures promising ideas into thriving enterprises. In our weekly Founder Fuel series, we look at new ventures and how they have benefited from that crucial early support.

After a stint in Silicon Valley, Spurrya Jaggi (BASc ’18, mechatronics engineering) created a social connection app called Lichi that makes it easy to build friendships through low-key meetups in bars, restaurants and cafés.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

WATonoBus gets green light to offer shuttle service

The University of Waterloo’s all-weather, self-driving bus, the WATonoBus, has hit the road with official go-ahead from Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation.

Students, staff, faculty and visitors can enjoy the ride with a complimentary WATonobus shuttle service operating every Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Nine students take top prizes in provincial contest

Waterloo Engineering students performed well at this year’s recent Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) at Western University, with three first-place teams moving on to next month's national contest.

Thirteen undergraduate engineering students placed within the top three in nine competitive categories. The first and second-place teams in each category will compete in the Canadian Engineering Competition, to be held at the University of Waterloo in February.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Students top 150 mph with self-driving car in Vegas

Students at the University of Waterloo continue to push the limits of autonomous vehicles as members of a multi-school racing team.

Eight engineering, computer science and mathematics students from Waterloo teamed up with peers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pittsburgh and the Rochester Institute of Technology for a high-profile event earlier this month at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Alum startup deploys AI at Grand River Hospital

Artificial intelligence (AI) med-tech startup Signal 1 deployed its predictive software at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener this month to improve operational efficiencies.

Co-founded by Waterloo Engineering alumnus Tomi Poutanen (BASc ’96, computer engineering), Signal 1’s ‘Patient Discharge Solution’ aims to help nurses, doctors and other clinicians make more efficient use of beds by predicting which patients will be ready for discharge within 48 hours.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Alum recognized for achievements in construction

A national publication has recognized Waterloo Engineering alumnus Briar Beers (BASc ’07, civil engineering) for her achievements in the construction industry.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

New carbon catalyst advances work on CO2 reactors

Dr. Zhongwei Chen and his research team at Waterloo Engineering continue to advance work on new technology to affordably convert harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuels and other valuable chemicals on an industrial scale.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Founder Fuel: Boosting drones with hybrid power

The entrepreneurship ecosystem at Waterloo Engineering nurtures promising ideas into thriving enterprises. In our weekly Founder Fuel series, we look at new ventures and how they have benefited from that crucial early support.

Accrording to Matt McRoberts (BASc ’15, mechanical engineering), drones have huge potential. What holds them back is limited battery power. McRoberts and his teammates tackled this problem with their Capstone project, creating a hybrid power train that gives drones more endurance. 

Thursday, January 19, 2023

AI to help autistic people interpret emotions better

Emotion Discovery for Autistic Individuals is a research project that uses AI and deep learning (a branch of machine learning) to automatically recognize facial expressions based on visual information captured by a camera.

Led by Dr. Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering professor and Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging at the University of Waterloo, the project team hopes to package the AI in convenient tools that will help those in need read and express emotions with greater understanding.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Mourning the loss of Michael Herz

It is with great sadness that the Faculty of Engineering and the University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) share that Michael Herz, laboratory director, mechanical and mechatronics engineering and past UWSA president, passed away on Saturday, January 14.

Michael had a long and impactful career at the University of Waterloo, spanning over 28 years. He was a diligent and dedicated lab director who was kind and welcoming to everyone he met. He forged many friendships on campus with his smile, warmth and caring heart.

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