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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Smart meters yielded ‘very small’ electricity savings

Catherine Rosenberg

Smart meters and time-of-use electricity pricing have only modestly reduced residential demand during the most expensive peak periods, a new study suggests.

Engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo compared data for nine months before and nine months after time-of-use rates were introduced in November 2011 by an unidentified distribution company with more than 20,000 household customers in southwestern Ontario.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Prof to make history at helm of engineering society

Susan Tighe

Susan Tighe will break new ground when she takes over next month as president of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering for an elected one-year term.

A professor of civil and environmental engineering, Tighe is the first person from the University of Waterloo and just the second woman ever to lead the 5,000-member organization in its 117-year history.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lab will help shape the future of industrial 3D printing


The University of Waterloo is building one of the largest university-based facilities in the world to advance additive manufacturing (AM) and help companies adopt AM processes for innovative and customized products.

Backed by nearly $27 million in cash and in-kind support, the lab will enable Canadian companies to tap the enormous potential of AM, commonly known as industrial 3D printing, while also further developing the technology through research.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Improving physiotherapy using sensors and machine learning

People recovering from hip and knee replacements perform rehabilitative exercises better when they get immediate visual feedback, initial testing of new technology has shown.

A multi-year project at the University of Waterloo combined motion sensors with software programs to enable typically elderly patients to watch how they were doing on a computer screen compared to the target movement.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ontario names leading early career researchers from engineering

Seven Waterloo Engineering researchers have been awarded Early Research Awards. The announcement is part of larger investment by the Province of Ontario aimed at advancing Ontario’s competitive edge, and included 18 University of Waterloo researchers for a total of $2.5 million.

Each researcher will receive $140,000 over five years plus an additional $50,000 from the University. They are:

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