News archive - July 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

Grad student's research spotlights solar roads

Thanks to groundbreaking research being undertaken by civil engineering master's student Andrew Northmore we could one day be driving on glass  instead of asphalt or concrete. With solar panels embedded below the glass much-needed electricity would be generated.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Professor emeritus honoured with civil engineering award

Reinhold Schuster, a Waterloo civil engineering professor emeritus, has been awarded the 2012 CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity award by the Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering. Schuster was recognized for his research in cold-formed steel structures in both Canada and the U.S. His award will be presented to him during the International Cold Regions Engineering Conference taking place August 19-22 in Quebec City.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Engineering students win BrainSTEM Build-a-thon

Crouton Labs, a team made up of third-year mechatronics engineering students Drew Gross, Akash Vaswani and Jake Nielsen and computer science student Christophe Biocca, took first place in the Brainstem Build-a-thon. The competition was held as part of the June 25-27 BrainSTEM "unconference" at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. The Build-a-thon included 10 teams of university and college students that worked for 48 hours to create a digital media product.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Survey ranks Waterloo top engineering school in Canada

According to a recent survey conducted by Business Insider, a respected U.S. based online news source, Waterloo Engineering is the best engineering school in Canada.

The same survey placed Waterloo 29th in the world, with two other Canadian universities included in the top 50. The University of Toronto ranked 35th and the University of Ottawa took the 44th spot.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Engineering research may lead to less expensive consumer lasers and LEDs

A recent theoretical study by a doctoral candidate in nanotechnology engineering suggests that manufacturers may one day make lasers and LEDs out of silicon, with the potential to significantly lower their price.

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