Thursday, March 19, 2015
Third-year mechatronics engineering student Andrew Andrade, co-founder of a successful startup, is Canada's top co-op student of the year.
The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education made the announcement March 18 during National Co-op Week.
Additionally, Andrade is the top co-op student campus-wide for the Faculty of Engineering.
Andrade is recognized for his exemplary performance during a work term in 2014, along with other factors including community involvement, contribution to co-op and academic achievement.
During the work term he spent in Enterprise Co-op run out of Waterloo Engineering's Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, Andrade co-founded PetroPredict with Dominic Toselli, now a Waterloo mechanical engineering graduate. The award-winning startup uses machine learning for risk modelling to inform oil companies about pipeline leaks that could cause environmental damage.
Andrade placed third in the Society of Petroleum Engineers Canada-wide graduate research competition for his work on artificial intelligence in the oil and gas industry. He leads technology development and research at PetroPredict, housed at the Velocity Garage, and supervises a number of new recruits, including co-op students.
Andrade is currently on an engineering exchange term in Singapore.