Where are they now?

  • Leo Baldwin

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    Winter 2022

    Leo Baldwin

    BSc '85; inventor

    Leo Baldwin is one of those lucky people who has found a way to build a successful career that is centered squarely on his passions, something he encourages and recommends. When asked if he had any advice for an undergraduate today, Leo said “If you are interested in something, add it to your program. Why only study within your program? The best stuff is happening at the interface!”


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  • Farnoud Kazemzadeh appears to be giving a speech.

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    Winter 2021

    Farnoud Kazemzadeh

    BSc ’08; co-founder & VP Engineering at Vital Bio

    Farnoud Kazemzadeh, BSc ’08, wended his way from an undergraduate “love for extragalactic astrophysics”, through a PhD in system design engineering, to become VP Engineering at Vital Bio – the second of the two startups he co-founded – where the techniques they are developing may one day allow your physician to replace an entire slate of tests at Labcorps with a 20-minute in-house test.


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  • Mike Rossi and Smile.io logos

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    Spring 2020

    Mike Rossi

    B.Sc. '11; founding member & CEO, Smile.io

    How does undergraduate study in Physics and Software Engineering translate to eCommerce? Mike Rossi's path to success sheds light on this unique connection.


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  • Gary Albax with a Magnavox horn speaker

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    Spring 2020

    Gary Albach

    BSc ’70; Hobbyist: Antique Radio Repair & Restoration

    With today’s complicated and ever-changing smart technology dominating the marketplace, it’s become increasingly rare to find someone enjoying the simple pleasures of a radio. And even moreso to find someone who not only collects antique radios, but repairs and fully restores them to their former glory.


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  • Brent Plumley traversing canyon on suspended rope

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    Fall 2019

    Alumni Spotlight - Brent Plumley

    BSc. ‘08; Founder, co owner of SlacklifeBC

    From Mathematical Physics to Highlining, Brent Plumley integrates his physics background into an exciting outdoor business activity


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  • Satter Taheri-Araghi works with students in his lab

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    Sattar Taheri-Araghi

    Research in experimental biology

    During his PhD studies in Waterloo Sattar Taheri Araghi studied antimicrobial peptides, now he is a faculty member at CSUN


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  • CarolAnne Black gazes across open water

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    Spring 2019

    CarolAnne Black

    From Physics to the Sea

    CarolAnne started her career as undergrad student in Physics, now she writes stories about the ocean.


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  • George Pinho receives Distinguished Alumni Award

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    Spring 2019

    George Pinho

    From Physics Student to Business leader

    George Pinho entered UWaterloo as a Physics Undergraduate und left as accomplished PhD. Now he is a successful business leader.


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  • KartikTalwar

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    Spring 2019

    Kartik Talwar

    Physics alumnus makes 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list

    From manufacturing and industry, robotics, healthcare and more, eleven of Waterloo’s alumni and former students have earned spots on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Among the group is Kartik Talwar, an alumnus of our department.


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  • John Caranci

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    Spring 2019

    John Caranci

    Physics is Poetry

    Beyond a rewarding career as a physics teacher, John Caranci (BSc ’72) makes his mark through creative writing


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  • Zahra Fakhraai

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    Fall 2018

    Zahra Fakhraai

    Zahra Fakhraai is the recipient of 2015 Sloan fellowship in Chemistry, 2017 Journal of Physical Chemistry B Lectureship Award, and 2017 University of Waterloo Young Alumni award. Zahra identifies as a material scientist interested in materials properties in small length scales and extremely slow dynamics.


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  • Robert Myers

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    Fall 2018

    Robert Myers

    Rob Myers graduated in Physics at Waterloo in 1982. Unknown to him at the time was the journey that would bring him touring the best academic institutions around the world and that he would be brought back to Waterloo in 2001 as founding member of the Perimeter Institute.


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  • Kate Ross

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    Fall 2018

    Kate Ross

    University of Waterloo alumnus Kate A. Ross receives the prestigious George E. Valley Jr. Prize, awarded in 2016 by the American Physical Society, for her groundbreaking work on "The elucidation of quantum frustrated magnetism and its expression in the ground state selection of pyrochlore magnets."


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