News archive - October 2021

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Embark founders honoured by US business group

Two former Waterloo Engineering students who launched a self-driving trucking company that is now poised to go public with an estimated valuation of more than US $5 billion have been honoured by a national business group in the United States.

Embark Trucks, which was founded by second-year mechatronics engineering classmates Alex Rodrigues and Brandon Moak, recently received one of eight 2021 business achievement awards from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Alumni health startup inspired by childhood stories

As a child, Waterloo Engineering alumnus Youssef Helwa (BASc ’15, nanotechnology engineering, MASc ’17, electrical engineering) was mesmerized by his mother’s stories about the patients she cared for as a surgeon.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Past dean and MME prof part of powerful women list

The late Pearl Sullivan, a former dean of Waterloo Engineering, and Carolyn Ren, a mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor, are named among the top 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network.

Both Sullivan, who died in November 2020, and Ren are honoured in the annual ranking's Manulife Science and Technology category, which recognizes women in STEM roles who are challenging the status quo for knowledge and female empowerment. 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Disappointing crash doesn't ruin Indy race experience

Months of hard work ended with a disappointing crash for a Waterloo Engineering alumnus and an engineering master's student during a historic autonomous vehicle race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) on Saturday afternoon.

A million-dollar, self-driving racecar developed by Brian Mao and Ben Zhang with teammates from three U.S. universities hadn’t completed its warmup lap when a GPS failure led to an unscheduled left turn into an infield wall at the famed home of the Indianapolis 500.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Alumnus fintech company Propel goes public on TSX

A financial technology company that was co-founded by a Waterloo Engineering alumnus completed an initial public offering (IPO) this week that valued it at $326 million.

Propel Holdings Inc., which was launched by Noah Buchman and three others in 2011, raised $61 million and is now listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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