The University of Waterloo community is home to countless students, faculty, staff and alumni who consistently go above and beyond. Staff are providing exceptional customer service, students are volunteering their time to help others, faculty members are showing genuine care and mentorship for their students, and these positive actions are all happening every day. The President’s Accolades aims to celebrate these stories of dedication, passion and contribution. If you know of a member or group making our University proud, be sure to submit their story today!
Waterloo First Year Students Design Local Playground
Three First Year Engineering students, Adam Rywak, Rodrigo Santalla and Daniel Qi, helped to open the original playground structure at Keatsway Public School in Waterloo that they designed. The designers really took to the time to get to know what the young students wanted out of a new playground and after the success of the jungle-themed structure, the students' work has inspired other local public schools to engage with the University of Waterloo to design their own unique playground structures.
Dana Decent Recognized by Canada Clean50 as an Emerging Leader in Sustainability
One of the largest climate risks to Canada right now is flooding. And the damage isn’t just to property. Dana Decent, Manager of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, was recognized nationally as an emerging leader in sustainability for leading innovative research uncovering the long-term mental health impacts of flooding in Canada and the economic costs (e.g. days off work), a gap only superficially explored until now. was recognized by Canada’s Clean50 on its annual list of Emerging Leaders in sustainability.
WatVision wins national James Dyson Award
University of Waterloo-based WatVision has won the national James Dyson Award and will move on to the international competition. Founded by University of Waterloo mechatronics engineering graduates Craig Loewen and Lior Lustgarten, WatVision is working to make touchscreen phones more accessible to the visually impaired.
Trapeze artist Xander Taylor (BSc ’09) joins Cirque du Soleil's show TOTEM
Trapeze artist Xander Taylor (BSc ’09) recently joined Cirque du Soleil's show TOTEM, performing his duo trapeze act with partner Mélanie Dupuis for their European tour. After receiving training in classical theatre from Sheridan College, Xander went on to complete his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, then later graduated from Montreal’s National Circus School.