News archive - March 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Professor helping with effort to disinfect N95 masks

Waterloo Engineering professor Bill Anderson is using two decades of research experience to help solve the shortage of N95 masks for healthcare workers in the coronavirus crisis.

Anderson is consulting with hospital officials and collaborating with a Cambridge company hurriedly building an automated device to disinfect masks with ultraviolet (UV) light so they can be reused.

Monday, March 30, 2020

3D printing focuses on COVID-19 protective shields

3D printers in the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory are producing parts for face shields in demand by health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our lab quickly volunteered to help and we’re now part of a community group of companies and institutions that have banded together to provide free medical support and supplies,” said Ehsan Toyserkani, a mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor and research director of the MSAM lab. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Offers of help pour in for COVID-19 screening project

Waterloo Engineering researchers have received feedback and offers of help from around the world since launching an open-source project last week to improve COVID-19 screening.

“My goal was to engage people worldwide to push this initiative along and I’m getting my wish,” said Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering professor and director of the Vision and Image Processing (VIP) Lab.

Wong launched the COVID-Net project in conjunction with DarwinAI, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup in Waterloo that he co-founded.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Researchers set out to improve COVID-19 screening

Waterloo Engineering researchers teamed up with an artificial intelligence (AI) startup company this week on an ambitious project to improve COVID-19 screening.

The research team publicly released AI software that can better detect infections from chest x-rays and is now inviting experts from around the world to help make it better.

Friday, March 13, 2020

New dean named for Waterloo Engineering

Mary Wells will rejoin Waterloo Engineering as the Faculty's next dean.

Wells, an accomplished materials engineer, is known for her strategic leadership in building collaborative and strong relationships within a university setting and for her work in attracting, engaging and retaining women in the engineering industry.

Wells currently serves as University of Guelph’s Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, a position she has held since 2017.

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