University of Waterloo: 60 Years of Innovation

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In 2017, the University of Waterloo celebrates 60 years of innovation. When it was founded July 1, 1957, no one knew that a campus made up of two temporary buildings would have such a lasting impact on the world.

If you have ever used a smartphone, sent secure information online, worn contact lenses, driven a connected vehicle or read a warning on a tobacco package, research from Waterloo’s first 60 years has touched your life.

  1. Mar. 28, 20172017 TD Walter Bean Lecture in EnvironmentTD Walter Bean Lecture in Environment banner

    The Faculty of Environment is proud to welcome world-renowned professor of economics Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs as the 2017 TD Walter Bean Visiting Professor. 

  2. Mar. 29, 2017Beyond 60 Community Lecture: From connected to autonomous. Understanding the road ahead to self-driving cars.a car driving on a road

    Rapid advancements in technology will soon make autonomous transportation options a reality. In fact, many autonomous options exist today. Come learn about self-driving vehicles and how convergence of the automotive and information technology sectors is fast tracking advancements in how we move.

  3. Mar. 31, 2017Conflicts and agreements: Canada’s foundations and their consequencesconfederation banner

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  1. Mar. 14, 2017Waterloo, then and nowPhoto of Davis Centre from 1988 in front of Davis Centre in 2017

    For 60 years, the University of Waterloo has inspired new generations of students and new waves of innovation and discovery. At the heart of it all is a dynamic, constantly changing campus.

    After seeing archival photos of landmark University sites, our co-op team was inspired to re-shoot those historic images against a modern-day backdrop. Watch for more then-and-now photos, or submit your own on social media at #UWaterloo60.

  2. Feb. 13, 2017Waterloo and the Order of Ontario

    Waterloo is celebrating 60 years of innovation in 2017, which is also the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario. An important part of that shared history is the Order of Ontario, marking its 30th anniversary as the province’s highest honour.  Over three decades, it has defined a community of excellence and innovation that has helped the province grow and thrive.

    Waterloo luminaries figure among members of the Order, including two graduates, one faculty member and one past chancellor

  3. Jan. 27, 2017Feds is turning 50Students inside the SLC in the late 1960's

    To mark its 50th anniversary, Waterloo’s Federation of Students is taking the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments that this student union has achieved over its half-century history.

    From controversial student referendums to heated sit-ins, tense board meetings to lively special events and concerts, Feds has seen its share of noteworthy moments since its incorporation on April 27, 1967.

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