News archive - November 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Engineering student pitches invention on Dragons' Den

One of the surest signs that Sam Dugan, 22, is a born entrepreneur might be this: he got the brainwave for his latest business venture, completely out of the blue, when he was on a date.

Two years later, while juggling studies as a third-year mechatronics engineering student at the University of Waterloo, he has turned that idea into a startup technology company to reduce injuries at ski resorts.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Researchers using synthetic stones to monitor rivers

A research team led by a Waterloo Engineering professor has developed technology to track and measure environmental degradation in rivers.

Bruce MacVicar, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is using synthetic stone tracers to monitor how sediment is transported in rivers during floods.

The movement of sediment has an important impact on the health of rivers and infrastructure such as bridges and pipelines.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Diabetes work recognized in global Tech Briefs contest

A doctoral student at Waterloo Engineering took a top-five spot this week in a global competition organized by the world’s largest engineering design magazine.

Ala Eldin Omer earned an honorable mention in the medical category of the 2020 Create the Future contest staged by Tech Briefs.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Experts share COVID research and perspectives

This year has been one like no other with the coronavirus upending lives in ways unimaginable at the beginning of 2020.

In October WEAL’s feature story, seven Waterloo Engineering researchers and alumni share their pandemic initiatives and opinions on how different buildings, education, work and everyday activities look now and could look in the future.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Co-designer of innovative pump remembered

Alan Plumtree, an inventor of a pump that provides clean drinking water to developing countries, died on November 5.

Plumtree, a Waterloo mechanical engineering professor, and Alfred Rudin, a Waterloo chemistry professor, created the hand-operated pump in the late 1970s after being approached by the International Development Research Centre.

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