News archive - June 2021

Friday, June 25, 2021

Dean shares message on unmarked Marieval graves

It is deeply heartbreaking to learn that the remains of hundreds of people, including children, were found in unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

Waterloo Engineering stands with the Cowessess First Nation, and with the communities, families and individuals affected by this trauma. We are saddened knowing of the pain felt for the hundreds of children at Marieval and other Canadian residential schools who never went home, saddened for the families and communities whose children were taken and could not begin to heal.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

WATonoBus shuttle now being showcased on campus

An autonomous shuttle bus developed by a research team led by a Waterloo Engineering professor is now being showcased at the University of Waterloo.

The demonstration of the WATonoBus is the first of its kind at a Canadian academic institution and marks a significant milestone in a multi-year initiative to demonstrate and integrate autonomous transportation onto the campus.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Proposed merger would make trucking startup public

A startup founded by second-year Waterloo Engineering students just five years ago would have a market capitalization of US $5.16 billion under a proposed merger to make it a publicly traded company.

Embark Trucks, which is based in San Francisco, was launched by former mechatronics engineering students Alex Rodrigues and Brandon Moak to bring autonomous technology to the trucking industry.

Monday, June 21, 2021

New grad committed to making a difference

Sheha Akbari graduates from Waterloo with a management engineering degree, an Apple patent in the works, experience as a refugee interpreter and translator, and a passion for helping improve the lives of disadvantaged women and youth living in Afghanistan.

Growing up hearing about the financial, emotional and other struggles her parents, especially her mother, had while in Afghanistan, Akbari has committed herself to supporting Afghan citizens, particularly women and youth. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Dean urges universities to promote STEM diversity

Mary Wells, the dean of Waterloo Engineering, urges universities to do more to encourage diversity among students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in an opinion piece in a national publication.

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