Impact

Waterloo is changing the world by making ideas matter. Swift but steady progress from conceptualization, to commercialization, to world-changing impact occurs across Faculties and disciplines. From smartphones that changed the way the world communicates, to international monetary system reform, Waterloo’s impact is felt around the globe.

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Tool will give people access to government-censored websites

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Waterloo researchers are developing a censorship-resistance system called Slitheen to fool government censors

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Efforts to preserve fish stocks affect well-being of fishing communities

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Environment student is finalist in SSHRC storytelling competition for video about community well-being and marine protected areas

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Extracting drinkable water from air in developing countries

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Student design team Air2O is one of six teams to win $10K at the Norman Esch Capstone Design Awards competition

Recipients of Co-op Student of the Year awards

Top Co-op students honoured at University of Waterloo

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Co-op students from each of Waterloo's six Faculties are recognized for their outstanding achievements

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Can people with dementia consent to sex?

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Philosophy student hopes her research will inform policy for people living with dementia in long-term care homes

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Waterloo professors honoured for distinguished teaching

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Faculty inspire students to learn about everything from organic chemistry to linear algebra and machine dynamics

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Climate change: How artists inspire cultural change

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Novelists like Margaret Atwood and photographers like Edward Burtynsky educate society about our changing environment, says Waterloo researcher

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Engineering student design teams win $50,000 each to launch startups

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Waterloo Engineering alumni Chamath Palihapitiya and Brigette Lau launched venture fund to support new engineering grads with promising ideas

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Alumni work with Ugandans to increase access to safe drinking water

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Waterloo graduates are helping to bring low-cost, environmentally friendly water filters to communities in Africa

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Kinesiology brings research to life at Ontario Science Centre

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Biomechanics: The Machine Inside exhibit gives visitors a hands-on look at the marvels of natural engineering that drive human and animal movement

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