Celebrating 60 years of innovation
From 74 engineering students in 1957 to 198,000 alumni six decades later
From 74 engineering students in 1957 to 198,000 alumni six decades laterBy Staff University Relations
Celebrate with us. Whether you're a current student, an alumnus, faculty member or staff, donor, supporter or community member, you are an important part of the University of Waterloo story.
In 2017, the University of Waterloo celebrates 60 years of innovation. When it was founded July 1, 1957, no one knew that a campus made up of two temporary buildings would have such a lasting impact on the world.
If you have ever used a smartphone, sent secure information online, worn contact lenses, driven a connected vehicle or read a warning on a tobacco package, research from Waterloo’s first 60 years has touched your life.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.