Waterloo Engineering teams received three of nine awards presented at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 2011 competition held recently in Toronto. Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering students Yaser Shanjani and Mihaela Vlasea, both PhD students supervised by Dr. E. Toyserkani, won second prize in the student oral presentation competition.
The WAVELab Robotics team supervised Dr. S. Waslander won the grand award at the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition at UBC. The team ranked first overall in the design, drag race, and circuit competitions.
Less than a year after spinning off from Waterloo Engineering, Innovative Processing Technologies (IPT) has been recognized by the Ontario government for its breakthrough Multiple Memory Material (MMM) technology, known for making smart materials smarter. IPT and a Waterloo Engineering team led by mechanical and mechatronics professor Norman Zhou have been awarded market readiness funding by the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Valued at $130,000, this fund will support development and qualification of prototypes specifically for automotive applications.