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Monday, April 24, 2017

Zroback named a finalist in national astronaut search

Jesse Zroback

A graduate of Waterloo Engineering is a step closer to his “life’s dream” after making the list of finalists to become one of Canada’s next two astronauts.

Jesse Zroback, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Waterloo in 2008, was announced today as one of 17 remaining candidates in a search by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) that began last June with almost 4,000 applicants.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Search for ‘next global company’ is on at Waterloo

Lyon Wong of Spectrum 28

A prominent venture capitalist challenged entrepreneurs to think big this week as he announced the first three startups to receive funding through a three-year, $2-million program to provide guidance and financial support to promising University of Waterloo ventures.

“I’m hoping to find the next global company to emerge from here,” said Lyon Wong, a co-founder and general partner of Spectrum 28, a US $170-million fund based in Silicon Valley.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waterloo selected for autonomous vehicle competition

Team members at the annoucement in Detroit.

The University of Waterloo was named today as one of eight finalists in a North America-wide competition for undergraduate students to develop autonomous passenger vehicles over three years.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Students pitch playground designs to school kids

Elementary school children voted on designs for a new playground structure this week in a novel process involving first-year civil engineering students at the University of Waterloo.

Ten teams of Waterloo Engineering students pitched their ideas for the project during an assembly at Keatsway Public School in Waterloo, with themes ranging from space to under the sea.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Co-op student of the year wrote code for US election

Baraa Hamodi, engineering's 2017 co-op student of the year

A mechatronics engineering student who wrote code that displayed live election results on Facebook during the 2016 presidential race is Waterloo Engineering's co-op student of the year.

Baraa Hamodi's work reached millions of people worldwide during the American election held last November.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Six teams win $10,000 each at annual Esch awards

Winning members of Air20 pose with Esch trustees

A scene from Star Wars and iced coffees from Tim Hortons provided inspiration for one of six winning projects pitched by University of Waterloo engineering students this week at the Norman Esch Capstone Design Awards competition.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Two engineering professors honoured for teaching

Two professors at Waterloo Engineering will be the recipients at convocation ceremonies this spring of awards for exceptional teaching.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Student teams win $50,000 each to pursue startups

Michael Phillips and Phil Cooper

An endoscope for arteries and a wearable oxygen device are the goals of two Waterloo Engineering student teams that have won $50,000 each to turn their fourth-year design projects into business startups.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Student showcase of 2017 Engineering Capstone Design Projects

Mechanical Capstone Design project

Engineering projects that push the boundaries of innovation will be on display at the annual Capstone Design symposium, beginning this week at the University of Waterloo.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Editorial stresses the need for advanced degrees in engineering

"To keep our economic engine running in the face of this imminent shortfall, Canadian industry needs the specialized knowledge and skills of a new kind of engineer — those with advanced degrees." This is the key focus of an editorial published in Policy Options on March 15.

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