Thursday, April 30, 2020

Professor named a fellow of prestigious Royal Society

A cross-appointed professor of chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo has been named a fellow of the Royal Society, the world’s oldest independent scientific academy.

Linda Nazar was recognized for her research on electrochemical energy storage with topics that span Li-ion batteries and ‘beyond Li-ion,’ and solid state ionics.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Alumni helped develop device now in COVID spotlight

A medical device that four graduates of Waterloo Engineering helped develop made the spotlight when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that hundreds of units were on order to help in the fight against COVID-19.

“That was certainly a proud moment,” said Michael Vermeer, a member of the first mechatronics engineering class to graduate in 2008. “It was great to know all the hard work that went into that device was getting its time to shine helping Canadians.”

Friday, April 24, 2020

Professor working on project that could go into space

A professor at Waterloo Engineering is a member of a team that is advancing technology to turn organic waste into green fuels and fertilizer.

Research by Janusz Kozinski and several collaborators at the University of Saskatchewan includes a project with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to convert waste and wastewater into energy for possible use on the International Space Station and during long-term space missions.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Technician builds PPE-free booth for COVID-19 testing

A technician at Waterloo Engineering is earning high praise for quickly designing and building a booth to allow front-line health workers to test for COVID-19 without wearing scarce protective gear.

Robert Wagner, who has been at the University of Waterloo for 23 years and nows works in the RoboHub robotics research, testing and training facility, created the see-through enclosure at his home shop in New Hamburg.

“It was an exercise in Canadian innovation and can-do,” he said.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Prof working with colleagues on COVID-19 vaccine

A professor at Waterloo Engineering is a member of a multidisciplinary team working to develop a DNA-based vaccine for COVID-19.

Marc Aucoin, a professor of chemical engineering, is working on the complex project with Roderick Slavcev and Emmanuel Ho, both professors at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo.

The vaccine would be delivered using a nasal spray and serve as a therapeutic as well as stimulating the body to build immunity to COVID-19.

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