Create and capture the best students.
Hire an undergraduate co-op student in nanotechnology
The University of Waterloo runs the largest undergraduate school of nanotechnology engineering in Canada. We also run the largest cooperative educational program in the world. At any time, there are 500 engineering students looking for 4 or 8 months work terms with firms. You can hire them for a term, mentor them through their design projects, support one of their many clubs or sponsor a scholarship.
Through the world’s largest cooperative educational program, Waterloo offers over 3500 employer partners the opportunity to tap into the knowledge and skills of 12,000 of the most work-ready students in Canada—employers access an intelligent, mobile workforce. Often imitated, but never duplicated, the University of Waterloo blends academia with the working world to create an immeasurable student and employer advantage.
Mentor a team through a design project
Over 60 fourth-year nanotechnology engineering students in 15 teams will partner with industry every year to complete a comprehensive 4th year nanotechnology engineering capstone design project that integrates their knowledge and skill. Past design project topics have included eye-wear tinting controlled with the push of a button, miniaturized pesticide testing devices and an electronic nose to detect dangerous vapours.
Support a graduate student research project in your company
Graduate students and post doctoral fellows can be support and directly engaged in research through scholarship. Both the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship (IPS) and the Mitacs Accelerate or Elevate programs will match, in some cases 2:1 to support a graduate student. Often these students are required to spend at least 20% of their time at the company conducting research which eventually becomes their thesis subject. Frequently, these students are hired by the company, as not only are they pre-trained in the company’s business, but their "intellectual property" goes with them to the new employer.