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2016 Year End Wrap Up

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December has begun, which means the year is beginning to wrap up. Exams are about to start, the weather has turned cold, and the prospect of a break from classes and assignments glimmers in the near future. To commemorate the closing of 2016, we are looking back on some of the awesome events that happened across campus in the past year.

Taking the wheel: One student’s path to Engineering at UWaterloo

Matthew Rose working on car

Matthew working on the team car at the electric car race at UWaterloo

​Picking a university program isn’t always easy, but when you follow what you love it makes choosing that much easier. For students like Matthew Rose, a first year in Mechatronics Engineering  and a graduate of Bluevale Collegiate Institute, his involvement in his high schools’ Electric Car Club was a chance to pursue his passion and get first-hand experience in his future career.

Nanotech gardening startup takes root 

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.

Sonya Wach with the first prototype batch

Nanotech Engineering students show that size matters

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. Members of the UW_NRG team around their equipment

Elven army? Almost, it’s the UWaterloo Archery club!

UWaterloo archers channeled their inner Lord of The Rings spirit, hitting the target at this year’s Inter-university Archery Tournament. At the end of March, the club travelled to the University of Toronto for the fifth annual Ontario-wide competition. Shooting 60 arrows each was no sweat for the UWaterloo teammates, and much like Robin Hood, the team aimed true, winning first place overall with 3,058 points. 

Women's recurve category shot

Men’s victory at the Bonspiel

The men’s curling team has been sweeping the competition lately – in more ways than one.

Men's curling team

Undergraduate teams win big at this year’s Ontario Engineering Competition

Senior teamLast month, UWaterloo hosted the 37th annual Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC). Dozens of our very own students went up against 16 other Ontario universities and emerged on top.


Preventing medical emergencies through vascular imaging

Over the ages improving human health has been one of our species' greatest achievements. It is also something which Robert Amelard aspires to during his PhD in systems design engineering.

Robert with imagine technology

Third year students hatch a plan for the future of the earth

Have you ever worked on a co-op term with other UWaterloo students? Did you ever see them go above and beyond? Michelle Wesolowski and Tania Casaluce are two such students, who both made an exceptional impression on their employer.

Michelle standing with colleagues