Social Events

On June 23rd, there was a Graduate Fair held to showcase various Engineering Graduate program opportunities. Prof. Yavuz actively participated in the event to explain the Nanotechnology Graduate Collaborative program to prospective students.

Grad fair

We had lunch on June 1st, 2023 at Lobster Burger Bar, Waterloo. 

Lunch at Lobster Burger

Our Ph.D. student Bersu Bastug Azer attended the SPIE Photonics West Conference in San Francisco, CA, USA between January 28th and February 2nd, 2023. 

Bersu SPIE Photonics West

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student Bersu Bastug Azer for winning the Paul Niessen-Teck Award on behalf of Teck Metals Ltd. (former Cominco). This award consists of a medal and $2,000 awarded annually to one or two students who demonstrate leadership and skill in the Materials Science and Manufacturing Laboratories of the MME Department.

Paul Niessen Teck Award 2022

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student Liena Zaidan for the prestigious IBET Momentum fellowship valued at $125,000 for 4 years! Here is her full story. 

Liena Zaidan Scholarship


We had a barbecue on August 28th, 2022 Sunday at Stratford, Ontario. 


Prof. Yavuz and our Ph.D. student Ilya Belyakov attended Oasis8 Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Oasis Prof Yavuz & Ilya

We had a farewell lunch for Alexandru Nica on August 18th, 2022. 

Alex Farewell

Meryem & Samed married on August 13th, 2022. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

Meryem & Samed

We had a potluck on June 19th, 2022 Sunday at Victoria Park, Kitchener. 

potluck 2022

We had tea time at Prof. Yavuz's house on February 26th, 2022 Saturday.


We had lunch at Ken Sushi House, Waterloo, ON, Canada on October 27th, 2021 Wednesday.


Miriam and Joel Pennings have a baby girl, Willow Ann, on December 2nd, 2021 and we arranged a baby shower for her.

Willow Ann Baby Shower

We had a potluck on September 5th, 2021 Sunday at Victoria Park, Kitchener. 


We made a field trip on September 3rd, 2021 Friday from Waterloo to Markham, ON, Canada.