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Friday, March 23, 2018

Engineering student takes top prize at 3MT contest

A chemical engineering doctoral student took first place as the University of Waterloo hosted its annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition this week.

Gregory Lui topped a field of 14 presenters at the Theatre of the Arts with a 180-second explanation of his research on using photocatalysts to convert pollutants in wastewater into electricity.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Medical startup from Waterloo impresses in California

A startup company with deep roots at Waterloo Engineering got noticed in Silicon Valley this week as budding entrepreneurs made pitches to a select audience of investors.

Vena Medical, which began as a Capstone Design project by mechanical engineering students Phil Cooper and Michael Phillips last year, is one of 141 companies from 23 countries at the Y Combinator startup school in Mountain View, California.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Big changes may be needed to improve Gulf of Mexico

A team of science and engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo has found that achieving water quality goals for the Gulf of Mexico may take decades.

The results, published today in Science, suggest that policy goals for reducing the size of the northern Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone may be unrealistic, and that major changes in agricultural and river management practices may be necessary to achieve the desired improvements in water quality.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

School teams set to compete at annual robotics event

Thirty-two teams of high school students with a passion for designing, building and programming robots will be competing at the annual Ontario District University of Waterloo FIRST Robotics Competition this weekend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New engine system boosts efficiency, cuts emissions

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed technology to reliably and affordably increase the efficiency of internal combustion engines by more than 10 per cent.

The product of a decade of research, the patented system for opening and closing valves could significantly reduce fuel consumption in everything from ocean-going ships to compact cars.

Friday, March 16, 2018

New partnership with China is focused on AV research

Waterloo Engineering has a key role in a new partnership with leading institutes in China to advance research in the areas of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

The partnership between the University of Waterloo and the Qingdao Academy of Intelligent Industries (QAII) and the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems (SKL-MCCS) was solidified in an agreement recently signed by all parties.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Manure could yield energy - and ease global warming

Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

Engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural gas from manure so it can be added to the existing energy supply system for heating homes and powering industries.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Check out what may be the next big thing

The next great Canadian innovation could be on display at the annual Waterloo Engineering Capstone Design symposia taking place March 12 to 23 on campus.

Final year engineering students will be on hand to discuss their projects ranging from a system to help the blind navigate a touch screen using only a smartphone and a wearable device to a sensor that can rapidly detect an individual’s degree of marijuana intoxication.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Three students in finals of research video contest

Three students at Waterloo Engineering are still in the running for prizes in a research-related video contest sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

The contest, called Science, Action!, is offering 15 cash prizes – including a $3,500 grand prize - for the best 60-second videos by post-secondary students that show how NSERC-funded research will improve lives.

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