WATERLOO, Ont. (Friday, Dec. 2, 2011) - Some of the brightest minds in the faculty of engineering at the University of Waterloo will be showcasing their leading-edge research Wednesday, Dec. 7 on the main Waterloo campus.

More than 40 exhibits will be displayed at the WE Innovate event from 4 to 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Engineering 5 building. The public event will include demonstrations of:

• mechatronic devices used in planetary rovers and sports engineering

• adhesive technology that mimics a gecko’s footpad

• equipment used to monitor and better understand early embryo development and cancer metastases

• projects related to hybrid-electric vehicle development

• thin-walled steel crush tube testing for automatic crash resistance

"WE Innovate is the year's biggest showcase of Waterloo Engineering innovation," said Richard Culham, associate dean, engineering research and external partnerships. "World-class researchers will be displaying leading edge technology that will shape the world of tomorrow. Among those attending will be representatives of innovative organizations who are looking to develop relationships with Waterloo Engineering faculty and identify collaborative research opportunities."

More than 150 representatives from industry will attend the event to identify collaborative research opportunities.

The showcase is open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration is required at: www.engineering.uwaterloo.ca/research/weinnovate.php or by calling 519-888-4567 ext. 32060.

WE Innovate is organized by the Waterloo Engineering research office and sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

For directions, parking and more information, visit www.engineering.uwaterloo.ca/research.

About Waterloo Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo is ranked among the top 50 engineering schools in the world. It is the largest engineering school in Canada with more than 6,300 undergraduate students, 1,800 graduate students and 280 faculty members. It is home to the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and seven other academic units, which are working to prepare the leaders of tomorrow and address social, technology, business and policy needs through ground-breaking research. More than 33,000 alumni are making their mark in industry, academe and the public sector worldwide. For further information, visit www.engineering.uwaterloo.ca..

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with close to 34,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.


Gene Nakonechny, associate director, communications, Waterloo Engineering, 519-888-4567 ext.38618 or genen@uwaterloo.ca

John Morris, Waterloo media relations, 519-888-4435 or john.morris@uwaterloo.ca

Waterloo news release no. 73

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