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July 2016

Hey Waterloo students - you do some pretty awesome things and we want to tell your stories of success. Help us bring your accomplishments (and those of your friends) to life. While you're here, read what other students are up to, share their stories and tell the world about the cool, smart and fun things Waterloo students do.

Waterloo PhD student spends a week with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

Jean-Philippe MacLean at the IQC

The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting brings together some of the brightest minds on the planet. Every year since 1951, a few dozen Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau, Germany to meet with a new generation of scientists. This year, 29 Nobel Laureates met with 400 young scientists from more than 80 countries around the world. Among those in attendance was Waterloo’s own, Jean-Philippe MacLean – a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

Innovative startup to make a difference for bedridden patients

Photo of the Curatio team - Moazam Khan, Matthew Sefati, and Zied EtlebPressure ulcers, better known as, bedsores, are the number one hospital-induced illness. The problem affects a quarter of all patients in North America, and contributes to nearly 60,000 deaths every year.

Waterloo student awarded prestigious Ontario Pharmacist Association Student of Distinction Award

Each year, the Ontario Pharmacist Association (OPA) Student of Distinction Award recognizes one exceptional student province-wide. Waterloo’s very own Jenn MacKenzie, a fourth-year Pharmacy student, took home the accolade for 2016.

Jen MacKenzie


Waterloo graduate student wins prestigious W.G. Weston award for Northern Research

Casey Remmer in front of a helicopterAs a Biology graduate student, Casey Remmer has an inherent passion for understanding and preserving our environment. That passion, coupled with a commitment to wetland preservation and outstanding scholarship, made her the perfect candidate for a W.G. Garfield Weston Award: a $15,000 accolade recognizing outstanding northern research in universities across Canada. 

A determined Rwandan student finds his passion at Waterloo

Gloire Gatabzi


Growing up as an urban refugee in Nairobi, Kenya, Gloire Gatabzi knew that education was his biggest hope. Born in Rwanda during the Civil War, Gloire’s family fled to Kenya when he was just a child. They lived in one room, scraping by with the little money his mother made sewing clothes. Now in his 3A term, Gloire has come a long way to study at Waterloo. 

Waterloo's latest Engineering grads take capstone judges for a ride

 Prof. Denis Beaulieu (Laval (retired)), James St Onge, Graeme Milligan, Stephen Phillips, and Prof. Charles Darwin Annan

Left to right: Professor Denis Beaulieu, James St Onge, Graeme Milligan, Stephen Phillips, and Professor Charles Darwin Annan

Every year, engineering students from across da face-off in the ultimate structural design challenge. This year’s competition, hosted by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) annual conference in London, Ontario, invited Canadian universities to submit one capstone design project for consideration. Out of 39 talented design teams, University of Waterloo selected “Four Flags Amusement” to represent Warriors on the CSCE stage.