On June 26th, it was announced that four groups of students and two teams were winners of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Digital Manufacturing Challenge. Dr. Mihaela Vlasea, a professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, supervised the students in collaboration with PhD student Daniel Juhasz, who specifically advised the undergraduate team.

Professor Michael Worswick received the Market Development Industry Leadership Award from the American Iron and Steel Institute at their Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., for making significant contributions to the competitive use of advanced and ultra-high-strength steel in the automotive market. 

Nfinite, a nanotechnology startup led by MME alums Chee Hau Teoh (MASc '20), Jhi Yong Loke (MASc '21), and MME professor Dr. Kevin Musselman, have developed an ultra-thin, flexible, clear, and sustainable alternative for food packaging that can be recycled. Current food packaging is not very recyclable. Nfinite Nanotech is using its funding round to commercialize a new coating for cardboard and paper to help provide a sustainable alternative to current food packaging that can’t be recycled or composted. 

New Fellows for the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) have recently been elected, and among them is Dr. Ehsan Toyserkani, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Additive Manufacturing (AM). His election to the CAE extends beyond our borders. His pioneering contributions to the modeling simulation, in-situ monitoring, and quality assurance of metal AM have earned him national and global acclaim. 

An inCiTe™ 3D X-ray microscope at the University of Waterloo will support one in eight Canadians who experience bone and joint dysfunction with the disease, and this research is being led by Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering professors Dr. Stewart McLachlin and Dr. Naveen Chandrashekar in the Orthopaedic Mechatronics Laboratory to improve surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.    

Congratulations to Dr. Carol Hulls, Associate Chair, Teaching and Continuing Lecturer in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department, on receiving the Distinguished Teacher Award for 2024! 

Any student who has taken a class with Carol knows that she cultivates a joyful learning environment. 

Thank you, Carol, for inspiring our students! The Centre for Teaching Excellence has the full story.

Teams from Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering had great success at this year's 2024 Norman Esch Competition for Entrepreneurship Award for Capstone Design, presented by the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business. Twelve of this year's Capstone Design teams pitched their innovative ideas to a team of industry leaders for their share of investment funding.   

After much deliberation and encouragement from the audience, keep reading to find out how MME teams fared in the pitch competition.