24 months of cooperative work experience prepares students for the jobs involving advanced materials, fabrication, and nanobiosystems.
Waterloo’s Nanotechnology Engineering degree program – unique in North America – is offered collaboratively by the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, and the Chemistry department in the Faculty of Science. It will graduate nanotechnology professionals with hands-on materials science, clean-room fabrication and nanotools experience. Nanotechnology engineers will be at the forefront of research and development related to a cluster of technologies harnessing the unique properties and functions of nanoscale systems.
Four main theme areas are gradually developed as our students progress through a carefully designed curriculum, taught by accomplished faculty members with multifaceted nanotechnology expertise, augmented by extensive hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and linked to the workplace via the world’s greatest co-operative education program.
The four areas of concentration are:
Nano-engineered materials, addresses the synthesis, characterization and engineering application of several classes of advanced materials, including nanocrystalline materials and nanopowders used in electronics and photonics applications, as catalysts in automobiles, in the food and pharmaceutical industries, as membranes for fuel cells, and for industrial-scale polymers.
Nano-electronics, addresses the development of systems and materials that will enable the electronics industry to overcome current technological limits. Also part of this theme area is a new generation of electronics based on plastics, which is expected to create new markets with applications ranging from smart cards to tube-like computers.
Nano-biosystems, addresses the molecular manipulation of biomaterials and the engineering of nanoscale systems and processes of biological and medicinal interest, such as, for example, the targeted delivery of therapeutic agents and the design of DNA, peptide, protein, and cell chips.
Nano-instruments addresses some of the most far-reaching yet practical applications of miniature instruments for measuring atoms or molecules in chemical, clinical, or biochemical analysis; in biotechnology for agent detection; and environmental analysis.
We are committed to offering an education that prepares our students to be technological innovators and the next generation of leaders in the new frontier of nanotechnology. If you are interested in our program, I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our people, our curriculum and our facilities. Also, make sure to visit the University of Waterloo admission website for plenty of interesting information about our University.