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Creating a sustainable future for aerospace and aviation

The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) is the world’s leading hub for sustainable aviation and aerospace research, technology, and education. We foster interdisciplinary inquiry, cross-sector partnerships, and experiential learning that builds a sustainable future.

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What is sustainable aeronautics?

Sustainable aeronautics is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that encompasses all types of air transport, including aviation, aerospace, and space. Researchers at WISA develop innovative solutions, tools, and practices to create a viable future for air transport. 

In our work, sustainability has three pillars of equal importance: social, environmental, and economic. Our research and innovation address all three pillars – and the interconnections between them – to create meaningful, long-term solutions. 

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Social

Building equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforces, communities, and access to mobility.

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Environmental

Reducing and eliminating the harmful environmental impacts of aeronautics.

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Economic

Supporting a future-ready workforce and long-term economic growth.

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Past event

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

Thank you for joining us virtually on October 5th from 1:00pm- 2:30pm for an engaging afternoon to celebrate the launch of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA), the world’s leading hub for sustainable aviation and aerospace research, technology, and education. By facilitating direct partnerships with industry, government, and academia WISA mobilizes the research and innovation capacity of all six faculties at the University of Waterloo to drive meaningful and lasting impact.

The launch featured a panel discussion with decorated astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, Dean of Engineering Mary Wells, Director of WISA Suzanne Kearns and an Industry Professional from NAVBLUE as they discuss how the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics is helping to build a sustainable future in Aviation. Watch the whole launch here!

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