News archive - January 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021

Students, friends create heat map on campus crying

Two students at Waterloo Engineering have launched an online project to help their peers across campus share strong emotions and the stories behind them.

Queenie Wu and Leslie Xin, third-year students in the systems design engineering program, created a heat map called Waterworks to show places where students have cried as a tool for coping and connecting.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Waterloo spin-off company wins second Emmy Award

A spin-off company with deep roots at Waterloo Engineering has won a second Emmy Award for its work to improve the quality and reduce the costs of video.

SSIMWAVE, based in Waterloo, was founded in 2013 by Zhou Wang, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Abdul Rehman and Kai Zeng, who both earned their doctorates at Waterloo Engineering the same year.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Student teams show well at Ontario engineering event

Teams representing Waterloo Engineering made the top three in six of eight categories at the recent Ontario Engineering Competition, which was held online due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The two Waterloo teams, the winners of campus competitions held in the spring and fall of last year, together collected two firsts, three seconds and a pair of thirds at the 42nd annual event.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Prof selected for sustainability leadership program

A professor at Waterloo Engineering has been named a fellow of an international organization that fosters leadership and collaboration among leading environmental researchers.

Nandita Basu, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, and earth and environmental sciences, is one of 21 sustainability scientists selected from across North America for the 2021 cohort of the Earth Leadership Program (ELP).

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Disinfection methods may extend use of PPE to 20 times

Waterloo Engineering researchers have found that single-use, medical-grade gloves may be safely reused up to 20 times when using certain disinfection methods.  

In a recent study of six viral disinfection treatments on two commonly used types of disposable gloves worn for personal protection throughout the pandemic, the researchers discovered that alcohol, UV and heat treatment could allow the reuse of gloves safely up to 20 cycles.

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