University of Waterloo
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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
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), which started its main survey of the Universe on May 17 this year will allow researchers, including astrophysicists at the University of Waterloo, to study dark energy in ways that have not been possible before.
Researchers from Canada and the United Kingdom will test a new approach for secure communication using satellite-based quantum technology.
Led by Thomas Jennewein, a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing, researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat), with a quantum key distribution payload that will allow the transmission of unbreakable keys for securing information.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bruce Torrie, a faculty member of the Department of Physics & Astronomy for 38 years. He retired on July 1, 2003 after which he became Professor Emeritus with adjunct faculty status in the Department.
Dr. Andrina Nicola is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, working with Jo Dunkley and David Spergel. She did her undergrad and PhD at ETH Zurich. Dr. Nicola's research focus lies between theoretical and observational cosmology.
Dr. Allison Man is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. She investigates the physics behind starbursts, colliding galaxies and supermassive black holes. Allison received her PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Copenhagen.
Dr. Doris Stoppacher is a postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Astrophysics Research Group at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has a background in stellar and extra-galactic astrophysics but focused on galaxy formation modeling during her PhD.
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.