News archive - August 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021

Alumnus entrepreneur started young, then built big

Waterloo Engineering alumnus Andrew D’Souza (BASc ’08, systems design engineering) got an early start as an entrepreneur.

He delivered newspapers, mowed lawns and walked dogs for his neighbours as a boy, then moved up to part-time jobs to save for university so he wouldn’t rack up debt.

Flash forward 13 years since he earned his degree and D’Souza, whose family immigrated to Canada from India, is now the co-founder and CEO of Clearco, a Toronto-based company that has invested $2.2 billion in thousands of e-commerce companies.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Researchers awarded $874,000 for tools, equipment

Five professors at Waterloo Engineering will receive a total of almost $874,000 under a federal program designed to give exceptional researchers the tools and equipment needed to become leaders in their fields.

The recipients are among 21 researchers campus-wide at the University of Waterloo announced today for almost $2.66 million in backing through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Across the country, $77 million will go to support 332 research infrastructure projects at 50 universities.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

New technology provides inspiration for song lyrics

Music artists can find new creative directions for their songwriting with a real-time system that uses artificial intelligence.

LyricJam was created by members of the University’s Natural Language Processing Lab led by Olga Vechtomova, a Waterloo Engineering professor cross-appointed in Computer Science.

The lab’s initial work led to the creation of a system that learns musical expressions of artists and generates lyrics in their style.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Remembering Roger Farwell, School of Architecture alumnus

Local architect Roger Farwell (BArch 1977), known as a philanthropist, community builder and champion of the arts, died August 4 in Wellesley Township in a single-vehicle crash.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Architecture students showcase ideas for booming KW

Fourth-year students at the School of Architecture will showcase their ideas to keep the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo healthy, habitable, lively and attractive as they go through an unprecedented building boom.

Eight projects by 16 students make up an exhibit called Fuori le Mura/City at the Edge in the Crystal Ballroom at the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13.

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