The University of Waterloo will break ground on Engineering 7 this week, an $88-million building that will feature facilities designed to expand student-driven innovation and advanced research labs to develop emerging technologies that will boost the nation’s global competitiveness.

Architectural illustration of Engineering 7.

Architectural illustration of Engineering 7. (Perkins+Will)

Part of the funding for Engineering 7 will come from the Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign, a fundraising effort that will help the faculty of engineering continue to uniquely prepare students to tackle the truly difficult problems facing our world.

At a speech at the Canadian Club in Toronto, today, GM Canada announced $1 million in funding to support the Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign. GM’s support will fund a Research Chair in advanced materials while also sponsoring Waterloo Engineering’s Capstone Design projects involving software development, which is key to GM Canada’s work on the connected car.

More information about this initiative and an update on the efforts of the campaign will be available at the groundbreaking event.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  
Location: Sedra Student Design Centre, Engineering 5, east campus, University of Waterloo

Engineering 7 will have some of the best research facilities in the world, including an additive manufacturing (3D printing) laboratory, and the Robohub, a leading-edge robotics testing facility. The building will provide researchers and graduate students with state-of-art facilities to advance their work on emerging and disruptive technologies including machine intelligence, automation of knowledge work and wearable biomedical devices to monitor human health.

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