Recent alumni named as ‘Top Prospects’ by The Logic

Monday, June 24, 2024

Two Waterloo Engineering graduates from the class of 2024 have made The Logic’s Top Prospects list of emerging leaders in the innovation economy.   

Helen Charlotte Engelhardt (BASc ‘24, nanotechnology) and Zoey Zhang (BASc ‘24, biomedical engineering) were named in the publication as rising stars for their work solving challenges and championing initiatives that advance inclusion in engineering. 

While at Waterloo Engineering, Engelhardt worked on energy storage and battery recycling, emissions reduction, and mRNA vaccine manufacturing solutions. Her research has been published in multiple scientific journals. She also co-founded the Canadian Conference on Diversity in Engineering.   

This fall, Engelhardt will begin her journey as a Clarendon scholar for Oxford University, where she will pursue a PhD in Materials and study earth-abundant catalysts for green hydrogen production.   

Zhang’s time at Waterloo Engineering reflects her commitment to fostering a more inclusive engineering ecosystem. As the vice president of advocacy for the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students and co-chair of the 2023 Conference on Diversity in Engineering, she worked with faculty to launch the university’s first mental wellness survey and to improve diversity and inclusion in the university’s engineering school. She was awarded the Pearl Sullivan Emerging Global Leaders Award for her efforts to advance representation in engineering.   

Zhang has been hired by Nvidia as a technical marketing engineer focused on advancing their machine learning tools. Zhang previously spent two co-op terms working with the Silicon Valley semiconductor giant, where she helped build the company’s first hands-on lab for medical imaging.   

The Logic’s Top Prospects list showcases potential leaders from some of Canada’s top-ranked engineering and computer science universities. 

Read Top Prospects: Leading innovators from the Class of 2024 for more (subscription required).