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June 2016

Waterloo students are accomplishing awesome things every day - and we want to tell your stories of success.

Nanotech gardening startup takes root 

Sonya Wach with the first LeafGenius prototype run

Most novel applications of nanotechnology tend to revolve around the fields of medicine or micro-robotics, leaving other fields largely unexplored. Recent Nanotech Engineering alumna Sonya Wach set out to change that by revolutionizing our approach to gardening.

Nanotech Engineering students show that size matters

Members of the UW_NRG team around their equipment

Ready to face some of the best university teams from Romania, India, and the United States, UWaterloo’s own Nanotech Engineering students took the 2016 Mobile Microrobotics Challenge. After packing up their trusted microbot, the team made the journey to Sweden, where they competed in tests of autonomy, accuracy and assembly. 

Co-directors prepare to take MOTUS II to the stage

MOTUS Event Poster

MOTUS (noun): movement, passion, progress. By definition, MOTUS perfectly encompasses what two recent grads have set out to deliver after graduating from the Fine Arts program.

Our 3MT champion: PhD student took on Canada and brings back gold

Won at a work bench in a labcoat and gloves

With just 180 seconds on the clock, Gah-Jone Won, a PhD candidate at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, set out to distill his 200-page thesis. With six seconds to spare, Won became the first University of Waterloo student to walk away with the national 3-Minute Thesis title and $1,500 in prize money. 

Cleaning up what’s left after a war

During the Vietnam War, fighters dropped more than 400,000 tons of sub-munitions over the country. Today much land remains dangerous to farm 
and civilians continue to be injured from unexploded ordnance. Since the war ended in 1975, more than 100,000 people have been maimed or killed by unexploded bombs and landmines. This all kept Mary Crawford very busy during her internship in Quang Tri.

Architecture grad sews together new and old in historic Old Delhi

Close-up of Kanika examining map

Growing up in Delhi, Kanika Kaushal was drawn to the distinct buildings and neighbourhoods of the Old City. There she discovered a sense of community that differed from other places she’d visited. In Old Delhi, generations of residents live in ageing structures in very close quarters. Yet the walled colonial space has seen a major transition over the past few decades.

GSA exec takes the UW Swing Club to new heights

Many students pursue a graduate degree immediately after finishing their Bachelor’s. Equipped with his Honours Earth Science degree and a commercial pilot’s licence, however, Max Salman headed straight for the skies. As a geophysics surveyor, he spent months over the Amazon in Guyana and the United States, working for several high-profile clients. Salman then headed to Nunavut, Norway, Greenland and Iceland, flying low enough to see herds of muskox below the aircraft.

Recent alumna sets out to change the game

Laura Morrison on the Social Impact Showcase stage

Laura Morrison has long been passionate about preventing sexual assault and challenging rape culture. Over the last couple of years, the Recreation and Leisure Studies student (now alumna), set out to raise awareness and explore ways to prevent sexual violence in athletic organizations.

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