News archive - December 2021

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Thin copper coatings could kill COVID-19 virus faster

A new study led by Waterloo Engineering researchers shows ultra-thin coatings of copper or copper compounds could enhance copper’s ability to inactivate or destroy the virus that causes COVID-19 on surfaces.

The research began soon after the pandemic hit and involved investigation of six thin metal and oxide coatings and how they interact with a coronavirus that is genetically similar to SARS-CoV-2.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Engineering’s generosity wins campus-wide food bank challenge

Waterloo Engineering professors, staff and students raided their kitchen pantries and opened their wallets and hearts to take first place in this year’s Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) Stock the Bank Challenge.

The challenge awarded non-perishable food items and monetary donations point values from one to five, with a number of most needed items such as canned vegetables, breakfast foods, fruit juices and toiletries receiving five. 

Monday, December 20, 2021

Innovative concept for all-wood Faculty building wins top award

Creative ideas for a proposed all-wood Waterloo Engineering building won a student team first prize in an international contest.

The Structural Timber and Applied Research Team (START) was recognized in the student submission category of the Build the (Im)possible challenge sponsored by Rothoblaas, a timber technology company located in Italy.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Alumnus startup Nicoya secures $20M in new funding

A medical startup company headed by a Waterloo Engineering alumnus has secured $20 million in new funding to fuel expansion and the development and commercialization of its flagship product.

Nicoya Lifesciences, co-founded in 2012 by Ryan Denomme (BASc’10, nanontechnology engineering, MASc ’12, mechanical engineering), is based in Kitchener and has over 100 employees.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Waterloo prof honoured by Canadian nuclear industry

A professor at Waterloo Engineering has received national recognition for his contributions to the Canadian nuclear industry.

Mahesh Pandey, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who earned both his doctorate and master’s degree at Waterloo, was honoured with the 2021 Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award at an event staged by the Canadian Nuclear Society and the Canadian Nuclear Association.

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