They kept the details of their work quiet for years, just one of the many requirements of collaborating on a sensitive project with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
But now that their compact, one-of-a-kind antenna has made a public splash, blasting off from India this week as a key component of a microsatellite on a mission to test new technologies, Waterloo Engineering researchers are ready to celebrate their success.
A total of 1,430 Waterloo Engineering students received their degrees as part of the University of Waterloo's 112th convocation. There were 1,071 engineering undergraduate degrees and 359 graduate degrees awarded at two ceremonies on June 18.
Richard Yim, a newly minted mechanical engineering grad, grew up in Cambodia where the fear of stepping on landmines was part of every child’s life. As a young boy, Yim dreamed of inventing technology that would put an end to landmine casualties around the world.
“After war, when peace comes and bullets stop flying, landmines are still in the ground,” says Yim. “Children shouldn’t have to be afraid to step off the beaten path. They should be able to walk to school and hike and explore their world without fear.”