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SE2024 student Ryan Dancy will present at the Lunary and Planetary Science Conference in Texas next month, based on his project from EE-584 Spacecraft Design and System Engineering, taken while on exchange at EPFL in Switzerland. This project applies the decision-oriented approach to systems architecture to design a mission concept for an explorer probe to Europa.

Europa is a moon of Jupiter that was discovered by Galileo in 1610, and is known to have water and ice. NASA has existing plans to send a probe to Europa, and this project considered a different point in the design space. 

Ryan has also had three co-op internships in the aerospace field. In summer 2022 he worked on AR/VR applications for lunar rovers at the European Space Agency's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany. He is currently on his second co-op internship at Mission Control in Ottawa, which is on track to be the first company to ever demonstrate deep learning AI software on the moon.

Waterloo won the 2021 ICPC North America Division Championship, and advances to 45th ICPC World Finals. ICPC is the International Collegiate Programming Contest. Waterloo's team includes 4A SE student Wesley Leung, and solved 12 problems in contest. No other competitor solved more than 9 problems. 

SE 2021 Capstone Team Hyperbeam (formerly Tutturu) won the $50K Palihapitiya Venture Creation Fund, to help fund their startup. The team consists of SE students Philip Scott, Amby Balaji, Declan Goncalves, and former SE student Keer Liu (now BCS). Hyperbeam is a shared web browser that allows friends to watch videos and surf the web together from different locations. They have over 1 million users, including over 170,000 who are active each month.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

SE alumnus founds VaccineHunters

SE2016 alumnus Josh Kalpin is part of the volunteer "vaccine hunter" team that has created a Twitter account to inform people of available vaccine appointments. The City of Toronto has partnered with them to disseminate information to the public.

Arbitrium, a startup by SE2022 student Ahmed Hamodi and BCS student Greg Maxin, recently won $5k in the Velocity Concept pitch competition. Arbitrium is a digital end-to-end decision-making platform that allows organizations to make unbiased group decisions about charitable donations that involve multiple stakeholders.

Waterloo Black, including SE's own Wesley Leung, won first at the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) regional competition for East Central North America, competing against 67 teams from Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, University of Toronto, Ohio State, and University of Michigan, along with other universities across Ontario, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Congratulations!

WATORACE, including SE's own Kyle Anderson, won 4th place in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) virtual race #3, also capturing the Rising Star Award. The IAC brings together 18 university teams from 11 countries on 4 continents in the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).