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Nanotechnology Engineering (NE) alumni Helen Engelhardt (BASc ’24) has been named as a “Top Prospect” by The Logic.

During her studies in Nanotechnology Engineering, Engelhardt worked on reducing emissions, energy storage, scaling cutting-edge technology, and promoting recycling for a circular economy. Her impactful research has been published in multiple scientific journals, and she has also made proprietary technological advancements in mRNA vaccine manufacturing and battery recycling.

Engelhardt enjoyed a variety of co-op positions during her undergraduate degree which included SiTration a recycling start-up based at MIT and the National Research Council of Canada, Nanotechnology Research Centre as a research and development intern.

Team 12 was a big winner at this year's Capstone Symposium. Their Team took first place for the Nanotechnology Engineering Fourth-Year Poster and Prototype, and received the Norman Esch Engineering Entrepreneurship Award. Their project was titled “MedSens: Intrabody Force Sensing Advancement for Medical Probing”.

Team members William Kim, Andres Miranda, Andrei Perez, Brian Periku and Yunheng Zou were supervised by Dr. Peng Peng at the Centre of Advanced Materials Joining. The team has developed cutting-edge technology designed to enhance the safety and precision of endoscopic procedures.

Team 12’s project addresses a critical issue for surgeons performing procedures, particularly endoscopies where success hinges on the surgeon's skill. During these procedures, it is often hard for surgeons to tell how much force they are exerting on the patient’s body.

Nanotechnology Engineering Team 18 won this year’s Esch Competition with their project GeneDetek. Team members Karla Castro, Andrea Parra, Sara Thompson, and Nube Torres developed an electrochemical biosensor for genetic mutation detection.

Depression is a complex mental health condition that affects millions worldwide. For many patients, finding an effective treatment can be a daunting challenge, often complicated by adverse side effects of prescription drugs.

Capstone Team 2 had two big wins at this year’s Capstone Design Symposium. They won the Baylis Medical Award along with Team 3. They also won the UN Sustainable Development Goal Award for the Nanotechnology Engineering Program. The team’s project was titled “ A+ Blood Typing”.

This team aimed to address the increasing demand for O-negative blood for blood transfusions. The demand for O-negative blood, also known as the "universal donor" blood type, is high because it can be safely transfused to patients of any blood type in emergency situations. This is critical when there isn't enough time to determine the patient's blood type. O-negative blood use is crucial in trauma situations, where quick transfusions are necessary to save lives.

The members of Capstone Project Team 6 are very passionate about sustainability. Their project aim was to discover solutions to problems that harm the environment. The group chose to concentrate on the critical problem of microplastics in wastewater. Microplastics are not only harmful to delicate ecosystems but also pose a threat to human health, as well as land and marine life.

The project was called MicroSeize. Team members areRyan Ellis, Helen Engelhardt, Alex Matos, and Matthew Scarfo. They developed a scalable methodology for capturing common plastics that other methods cannot retrieve, such as polystyrene and PET microplastics, from wastewater. Most of their testing was conducted on polystyrene because it creates the smallest microplastics.

Cervical cancer is diagnosed in over 1,000 Canadian women each year, and approximately 410 women die from the disease annually. Women need to undergo regular cervical cancer screening, as early detection can significantly increase the chances of successful treatment.

However, in Ontario, women are only eligible for the Pap Test (or Pap smear) every three years. CT Murphy a Nanotechnology Engineering (NE) graduate (BASc ’23) aims to create a new testing method that allows women to screen for the human papillomavirus (HPV) that usually causes cervical cancer.

Fourth-year Nanotechnology Engineering student Alex Matos was this year’s recipient of the Janet Law-Yip Memorial Award. Winners are selected based on academic achievement combined with extracurricular involvement, particularly in student government and volunteer work.

The Nanotechnology Engineering (NE) Program held its first Design Days event on December 1st. Held in collaboration with the Engineering IDEAs Clinic, NE Design Days challenged teams of first-year students to work together, applying information learned in their first-year course NE 100, which is an introduction to nanotechnology engineering and its various applications from electronics to biology.

The challenge given to the students for this event was to design and construct a working model of a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) that uses the power of the wind to create electrical energy. The students were also expected to demonstrate and explain how the triboelectric scale contributes to the triboelectric nanogenerator.

First-year Nanotechnology Engineering (NE) student Aisha Siddiqui is having a banner year! Siddiqui was nationally ranked in first place in her exams. She credits her academic success to a combination of hard work and curiosity. Siddiqui visited the University of Waterloo and attended a two-week quantum school program when she was in grade 12. After that visit, she determined to study here. She chose Nanotechnology Engineering as she felt it was a discipline that is at the forefront of technological advancement.