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Monday, March 18, 2019

Researcher answers wind turbine query on CBC

The host of CBC radio's Quirks and Quarks turned to a Waterloo Engineering professor with a question about wind turbines on the program’s March 16 show.

Bob MacDonald asked David Johnson, a Waterloo mechanical engineering professor and founder of the University's Wind Energy Research Group, to respond to the following question submitted by a listener in North Gower, Ottawa.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Contest designed to whet interest in management engineering

Winners have been selected from the University's first virtual Industry 4.0 competition for secondary schools run by a team focused on promoting Waterloo’s management engineering program.

Team Conveyor Belt from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough placed first, team Avo from St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in Mississauga came in second, and team BCSS1 from Bill Crothers Secondary School in Markham captured third in the one-day event held in February. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Researchers develop wheel units to cut vehicle costs

Vehicles could be affordably produced for a wide variety of specialized purposes using a sophisticated wheel unit developed by Waterloo Engineering researchers.

The self-contained unit combines a wheel and an electric motor with braking, suspension, steering and a control system in a single module designed to be bolted to any vehicle frame.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Researchers awarded funding for tools, equipment

Two researchers at Waterloo Engineering will receive more than $240,000 through a federal program to provide the tools and equipment needed for them to become leaders in their fields.

Sushanta Mitra, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, is in line for $150,000 for infrastructure for work to understand how drops wet surfaces, knowledge that is key to the discovery and development of new materials.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Waterloo teams place at national engineering contest

Two teams from Waterloo Engineering finished in the top three in their categories at the recent Canadian Engineering Competition.

Hosted by the University of Waterloo, the event featured 150 engineering students representing 15 universities from across the country. The participants had qualified to move on at four regional events.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Engineering students showcase innovation

The next big Canadian innovation could be among the engineering student projects on display at the annual Capstone Design symposia running until March 28 at the University of Waterloo.

Final year engineering students will be on hand to showcase their projects ranging from a train brake sensor testing system designed for VIA Rail to tattoo removal that’s minimally invasive and painless. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Adjusting signals would ease traffic in snowstorms

Waterloo Engineering researchers have found an inexpensive way for cities to ease congestion and improve safety by tweaking the timing of traffic lights during snowstorms.

After collecting data and running sophisticated computer simulations, the researchers determined that adjusting signals at intersections to take poor road conditions into account could reduce delays by up to 20 per cent.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Researcher receives $1.9 million for fuel cell project

Funding was formally announced this week for a four-year, $1.9-million project to develop low-cost, durable hydrogen fuel cells to power buses and cars.

The project – a collaboration involving academia, industry and government – is led by Waterloo Engineering professor Xianguo Li, a world-class researcher in the field for two decades.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Waterloo plays host to national engineering contest

Waterloo is hosting 150 of the brightest, most inventive engineering students from across Canada this weekend as they square off in a national contest.

The annual Canadian Engineering Competition, taking place Saturday and Sunday in Engineering 7, will feature undergraduate teams from 15 universities that qualified at four regional events.

Started in 1985, the event involves eight competitions in areas including consulting, presentation, debate and design.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Yeow elected fellow of Engineers Canada

John Yeow, a systems design engineering professor, was recently named a fellow of Engineers Canada.  

The prestigious fellowship honours individuals who have given noteworthy service to the engineering profession through their work with either Engineers Canada or its provincial and territorial engineering regulators.

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