Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Farewell to Dr. Chiamaka Okoli

Chiamaka Okoli

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Chiamaka Okoli, a brilliant astrophysicist and former PhD student at our department. Dr. Okoli successfully defended her PhD with the title “Dark Matter and Neutrinos in the Foggy universe” last December. Her PhD convocation at the University of Waterloo was scheduled for last week, on June 13th.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Doctoral student awarded Vanier Scholarship

Lei Yang

Lei Yang was awarded a 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. This three-year scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies. Up to 166 scholarships are awarded each year, divided evenly between three federal granting agencies.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rob Mann awarded the 2019 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics

Rob Mann

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2019 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics is awarded to Robert Mann, University of Waterloo, for his overall accomplishments in teaching, and the promotion of quality teaching both at his institution and through the CAP, which are exemplified by the instigation of an annual Teaching Retreat at the University of Waterloo and the implementation of the CAP's Award for Excellence in High School/CEGEP Physics Teaching.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Physics alumnus Robert Myers named new director of Perimeter Institute

Rob Myers

Last week, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics named Waterloo Science alumnus Robert Myers (BSc Physics - Co-op ‘82) as their new director. He succeeds the previous director, cosomologist Dr. Neil Turok, who held the position since 2008.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Software for the quantum age

IQC interior

Imagine if we could remove pollution from the atmosphere, not worry about the security of our private information, or design drugs targeted for more effective treatment against disease. Poised to revolutionize society, quantum technologies may help us overcome these real-world problems and other research challenges — and PhD candidate Kristine Boone is helping to pave the way.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Researcher honoured with Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

Christine Muschik

Christine Muschik, assistant professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, was selected as a 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Physics alumnus makes 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list

30 under 30

From manufacturing and industry, robotics, healthcare and more, eleven of Waterloo’s alumni and former students have earned spots on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. The list, which represents innovative minds from Canada and the United States, stretches across 23 categories for a total of 600 people. Among the group, are two Science a

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hotspot discovery proves Waterloo astrophysicist’s black hole theory

Avery Broderick

The recent detection of flares circling black holes has proven a decade-old theory - co-developed by Waterloo physicist Avery Broderick - about how black holes grow and consume matter.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Donna Strickland wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Donna Strickland

Donna Strickland, a University of Waterloo professor who helped revolutionize laser physics, has been named a winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics.

Strickland, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, shares half the $1.4 million prize with French laser physicist Gérard Mourou. The other half was awarded to U.S. physicist Arthur Ashkin.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Waterloo welcomes five Vanier scholars in Physics and Astronomy

A Physics graduate student exploring quantum optics is one of five Vanier Scholars starting their graduate careers in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy this fall.