News archive - January 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

MME professor wins an Ontario Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations to professor Roydon Fraser for winning an Ontario Volunteer Service Award! Professor Fraser was recognized for a 25 years of service award for his ongoing service and support with the Professional Engineers Ontario - Academic Requirements Committee (ARC).  

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Third year MME students innovate to combat Covid-19

In Fall 2020, to mitigate the boredom and restrictions of quarantine, social distancing and working from home, third year MME students in ME380 (Mechanical) or MTE380 (Mechatronics) Engineering Design Workshop were asked to identify and solve a need related to a specific challenge created or amplified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

MME professor wins Award of Excellence

Congratulations to MME professor Carolyn Ren for winning the Faculty's Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision for 2020 - 2021.

She is currently supervising 11 graduate students and has graduated over 17 master’s and 11 doctoral students in the past 12 years.

Professor Ren’s former students fondly attribute their career successes, both in academia and in industry, to the excellent supervision and training she provided.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Alumni education company Prodigy secures $159M investment

An online-based education company co-founded by two Waterloo Mechatronics Engineering alumni announced this week that they have secured a 150 million dollar investment from US private-equity giant TPG Growth. 

Prodigy Education is one of the fastest growing e-learning services in North American with upwards of 90 million monthly users. It was launched initially by Rohan Mahimker and Alex Peters, two mechatronics engineering students here at Waterloo.

Friday, January 8, 2021

MME department mourns the passing of second-year mechatronics student

It is of great sadness to announce the passing of Aidan Walker, a second-year mechatronics engineering student who passed away on January 2, 2021 due to a brain aneurysm. 

Aidan was an outgoing 19 year-old young man with a bright future. He was a competitive swimmer where he competed at the national level. He was also a top student graduating highschool with the highest honours.

He passed away peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital surrounded by family.

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