Congratulations to Nanotechnology Engineering’s Aurora Torrijos and Environmental Engineering’s Dana Shahry whose team, Nebula, won $5,000 in seed money at the 22nd Velocity Fund Finals in July. Their prize includes an offer to live in Velocity Residence, an innovative and entrepreneurial environment where students have access to the latest technologies and the opportunity to learn from a network of mentors and entrepreneurs.
With Nebula, third-year students Torrijos and Shahry are developing systems to provide clean drinking water through fog harvesting.
The Waterloo Engineering Endowment Foundation (WEEF) has been a long-time, strong supporter of the Nanotechnology Engineering program. It continued that support in the Spring 2018 term with a very generous and appreciated contribution towards hardware that will provide NE students with more state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities to develop their knowledge of the nanoscale world.
WEEF contributed $37,828 towards the purchase of the following equipment for the Nanotechnology Engineering undergraduate student labs:
At the Nanotechnology Engineering Capstone Design Symposium on March 16, 2018, a panel of judges bestowed awards on three teams of NE students for their demonstration of excellence in innovation, prototype development and potential for successful implementation, as well as their ability to communicate the technical aspects of their project. This year’s award winners are on their way towards improving the way marijuana impairment is measured, disease is detected, and pipeline leaks are identified.
Congratulations to the 81 Nanotechnology Engineering graduates who received their official Bachelor of Applied Science diplomas at the University of Waterloo’s Spring Convocation on Saturday, June 16th, 2018.
Nanotechnology Engineering alumna Nicole Weckman (BASc ’11) is making her mark in England, where she conducted her PhD research to develop innovative new biosensors based on micro fabricated silicon MEMS at the University of Cambridge. She was recently honoured by the BrightSparks 2018, Design Engineers of Tomorrow program, which is run in partnership by Electronics Weekly and RS Components, with support from Harting and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Nanotechnology Engineering grads Chong Shen and Khanjan Desai (NE ’13) were among the first to take their Capstone Design project to market. After three and a half years of product development and testing, their company, Alchemy, now employs nine people and continues to attract attention with its protective windshield coating, ExoShield.
Voltera Inc. continues to make waves in the printed electronics sector.
Voltera was born of a Capstone Design project created by team members Alroy Almeida, James Pickard, Jesus A. Zozaya and Nanotechnology Engineering grad Katarina Ilic (Class of 2013). They created a tool that uses their custom software and innovative silver nanoparticle-based ink to print circuit boards.
SannTek, creators of a nanotechnology-based sensor that can immediately detect and quantify an individual’s degree of marijuana intoxication, has added another couple awards to their growing list of accomplishments.
En route to developing their Nanotechnology Engineering Capstone Design project into a commercial venture, Chris Taylor, Noah DeBrincat, Karolyn Mackwiak, Benjamin Milligan and Thomas Dunlop, aka SannTek, have been looking for funding and finding success among some strong competition.