From building a better electric car to intelligent automobiles that can make the daily commute safer and less stressful, the vehicles of the future will be built with technology developed at the University of Waterloo. At the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), more than 125 researchers from all six faculties investigate emerging technologies, new fuels, safer materials and better vehicle design. Partnerships with software companies and Ontario’s automakers help bring these innovations to market. 

E7 building

$32.6M in federal funding for new Engineering 7 building


New building will house research on machine intelligence, mobile robotics, autonomous vehicles and wearable biomedical devices

Waterloo Architecture student

Celebrating 60 years of innovation


From 74 engineering students in 1957 to 198,000 alumni six decades later

Cheriton School of Computer Science

Waterloo ranked #1 school in Canada for computer science, engineering


U.S. News ranking recognizes Waterloo as a national leader in core disciplines

Waterloop prototype pod

Hyperloop Challenge: Waterloop to unveil levitation video on campus


The Waterloo student team building the world’s first functional pneumatic hyperloop levitation system will share major milestone

Electric vehicles racing at University of Waterloo

Electric car challenge helped pave the way for incoming student


Matt Rose learned how to bounce back from failure while building a prize-winning electric car in high school

Zhongwei Chen

Rechargeable battery expert awarded prestigious Steacie honour


Engineering Professor Zhongwei Chen receives $250,000 fellowship grant to advance his research on low-cost, energy efficient batteries for a more sustainable economy

Sue Ann Campbell, Nerissa Wong and Beth Coleman

#UWCeilingBreakers: Challenging the status quo


Special issue of Waterloo Magazine celebrates women who lead, and explores equity in education and the workplace 

Illustration of students testing robotics in the Ideas Clinic

Breaking ground on Waterloo’s $88M Engineering 7 building


The innovative facility will inspire entrepreneurs and support the next wave of high-impact research

Zhongwei Chen

Waterloo researcher leading the charge for next-generation battery


Research team has developed silicon technology for a cheaper, more powerful battery for everything from smartphones to electric cars

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Defining Innovation: Find out how Waterloo is reshaping higher ed


New report shows how University of Waterloo is enriching its entrepreneurial culture and investing in new discoveries