News archive - July 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Alumnus athlete to be honoured with hometown mural

An alumnus of Waterloo Engineering who went on to a professional football career will be honoured with a mural in his Ontario hometown after a successful campaign by a determined group of kids.

Students in a grades 7 and 8 French immersion class at J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School urged politicians in Haliburton to recognize the achievements of Taly Williams (BASc ’94, civil engineering) and his sister Lesley Tashlin alongside five local athletes already featured on an arena wall.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Campus study of COVID-19 is looking for participants

A research project co-led by Marc Aucoin, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo Engineering, is recruiting participants to help understand how our bodies build immunity to COVID-19.

Aucoin and co-lead Brian Dixon, a professor of biology, are working to understand the nature of immune responses in all members of the campus community, regardless of vaccination status.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Why leading the way in ethical AI is crucial

An opinion piece in The Globe and Mail takes a look at the role Waterloo Region and the country needs to play in ethical artificial intelligence (AI).  

Mary Wells, the University of Waterloo's dean of engineering, and Mark Giesbrecht, the University of Waterloo's dean of math, and Chris Albinson, Communitech's chief executive officer and president, discuss the opportunity to lead the world "in creating and commercializing applied, ethical artificial intelligence, which will be critical to meeting the other big, gnarly, global challenges bearing down on us." 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Mary Wells remembers long-time staff member Sue Gooding

The following message was sent by Mary Wells, dean of engineering, to engineering staff and faculty.

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness, that I am writing to let you know of the passing of Sue Gooding, a long-serving staff member. Sue served our University and Faculty with unmatched dedication for an incredible 44 years. Sue died on Saturday July 24th, 2021 after a courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Vanier scholar to advance energy storage system work

Manh-Kien Tran will receive $50,000 annually for the next three years from the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to further develop his research focused on building a smart cloud-based battery management system.

The new chemical engineering doctoral student believes advancements in energy storage systems will result in a safer, cleaner, and more energy-efficient society.

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