News archive - August 2022

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

First-year students win $30K Amazon scholarships

Four incoming students at the University of Waterloo are backed by $30,000 scholarships through an Amazon program that was created to boost diversity in technology fields.

Hewan Amare, Jadiha Aruleswar, Ayaan Dada and Mairah Hashmi are among 10 first-year students across the country announced today as winners of Amazon Future Engineer Canada scholarships.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Waterloo grads invest time and money in COVID-19 vaccine solutions

SARS-CoV-2, the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has continued to evolve at a rapid pace in the last two years, leading to the emergence of new, tougher variants and a surge in breakthrough infections of fully vaccinated and boosted people around the world.

As a result, there is a pressing need to develop new, safe, cost-effective vaccines that provide broader coverage and are accessible to people everywhere. Fortunately, that is entirely possible thanks to trailblazing startup Refana, which has a strong connection to the engineering faculty, dating back to the 1980s.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Student's experiment booked for a flight to space

An experiment inspired by Silly String and built by a first-year Waterloo Engineering student is scheduled to travel into space today aboard a Blue Origin rocket.

Olivia Ye, who is studying mechatronics engineering, was still in high school in her hometown of Newmarket when she participated in an online Shad Canada program two years ago that will culminate with a launch in Texas.

“Knowing that something you made is being sent to space is truly an awesome feeling,” she said.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Professor advocates transition to renewable energy

Transitioning to greater use of renewable energy is one of the keys for Canada to avoid the kind of massive price increases facing many other countries, according to a Waterloo Engineering professor whose research expertise includes energy systems and storage.

Xianguo Li, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, tackles issues around the country's energy security in a question-and-answer release issued by the University of Waterloo today.

Friday, August 19, 2022

‘There is nothing more powerful than a great idea’

The importance of building a support network and the power of great ideas are among the insights offered by a Waterloo Engineering alumnus in an interview about a startup she launched to make the fashion world greener.

Iris Redinger (BAS ’21) started Material Futures while she was still a student at the Waterloo School of Architecture and recently won an award for entrepreneurs who turn research discoveries into businesses that benefit Canadians.

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