Corporate research partnerships

University of Waterloo managers, corporate research partnerships, work proactively with University researchers and companies to match interests for the purpose of collaborative research and innovation projects. These managers can help a company and/or faculty member establish collaborative research partnerships, identify appropriate government funding sources, and facilitate agreements, contracts, and project proposals for funding applications.

Waterloo’s corporate research partnerships team and their focus areas are listed below. The team is managed by the director of Research Partnerships, Mike Szarka.  

Industry liaison officer Industry sector focus Faculty focus

Aaron Pereira

  • Software
  • Telecommunications software and hardware
  • Finance and insurance
Math and Engineering
Jackie Serviss
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Electronic and electrical equipment
Engineering and Math

Michele Van Dyke

  • Water and environment
  • Mining
  • Energy, oil, and gas
  • Biotech
  • Nanotech
  • Pharma
  • Health
Science, Engineering, and Math

Vlad Loutchenok

  • Educational technology 
  • Medical technology 
  • Clean technology 
  • Entertainment and recreation
  • Smart cities
  • Environmental informatics
Arts, Applied Health Sciences, and Environment