University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
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As we move into 2021, our on-line physics programs are thriving, despite less than ideal circumstances. We must continue to educate the next generation of talented physicists through the pandemic as best as we can. We’ve learned that on-line education is no substitute for in-person teaching, guidance, and mentorship. The dynamic social and economic landscape demands a talented and thoughtful workforce. The world needs Waterloo graduates to solve hard problems sooner not later.
Our research laboratories and upper-year teaching labs are operating while observing physical distancing and other health guidelines. We have retooled and reimagined our classes using a variety of media to train the next generation of physicists, scientists, and entrepeneurs. We were able to redirect financial assets to hire coop students and teaching assistants to move course material on-line and to perform advanced research in our labs and virtual blackboards.
We look forward to gradually reopening the campus and our physical presence in the department as the pandemic subsides.
University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy
The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment
Researchers have discovered the most precise way to control individual ions using holographic optical engineering technology.
The new technology uses the first known holographic optical engineering device to control trapped ion qubits. This technology promises to help create more precise controls of qubits that will aid the development of quantum industry-specific hardware to further new quantum simulation experiments and potentially quantum error correction processes for trapped ion qubits.
The David Johnston Award for Scientific Outreach recognizes students dedicated to promoting public awareness of quantum research and science in the community.
Professor Brenda Lee is a very bright, creative and hard-working educator in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is an instructor who consistently demonstrates sensitivity to student needs ensuring that weaker students are not left behind using the right balance of rigor and compassion.
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 centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.