Director's message

Youngki YoonWelcome to the Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo. Here, we make innovations at the ‘small’ atomistic scale to create ‘big’ breakthroughs in various fields of science and technology, including those that are integral to the impactful functional material, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and energy industries, among others.

Professors and staff from diverse backgrounds, including chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, physics, biology and materials, collaborate within this unique interdisciplinary program. Many bright students study here, acquiring essential communication skills and cutting-edge knowledge as well as hands-on experience in the world-class Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Our graduates become a force for positive change in the world.

Since University of Waterloo launched Canada’s first nanotechnology engineering program in 2005, our program has grown and matured in both size and quality. At the same time, our graduates have developed a reputation for excellence. From the very first class of graduates in 2010, alumni have become influential as, for example, professors at top universities, scientists at research institutes, engineers at IT companies and founders of startups.

I am honored and excited to lead this outstanding program and be involved with the people who are preparing today’s students to use nano-science and engineering to lead innovation and make the world a better place, one small step at a time.

Youngki Yoon, Ph.D.
Director of Nanotechnology Engineering Program