The air transport industries connect people around the world, drive cultural and economic exchange, create millions of jobs, and provide limitless opportunities for innovation.
But to be viable over the long term, aeronautics needs more sustainable solutions and practices—and that requires social, environmental, and economic change.
How we work
By facilitating direct partnerships with industry, government, and academia, we develop solutions and outcomes that respond directly to the sustainability challenges of the air transport sector. Driven by Waterloo’s unique mix of experiential learning and real-world impact, WISA is equipping the next generation of aeronautics leaders and building a sustainable future.
The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) is the world’s leading hub for sustainable aeronautical research, technology, and education.
Designed to be different, WISA mobilizes the interdisciplinary research capacity of all six faculties at the University of Waterloo to drive meaningful and lasting change within the aviation, aerospace, and space industries.
WISA was approved by the University of Waterloo Senate on June 21, 2021. The proposal to create WISA received broad endorsement across the University, with generous support from the Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Provost, and the Deans of the other five Faculties (Arts, Engineering, Health, Mathematics, and Science).
To be the world’s leading hub for sustainable aeronautical research, technology, and education.
To foster interdisciplinary inquiry, cross-sector partnerships, and experiential education that creates innovative solutions, informs public policy, and supports a sustainable future for the aviation, aerospace, and space industries.
Sustainability – Creating meaningful and lasting social, environmental, and economic change
Exploration – Investigating emerging challenges, questions, and disciplines
Connection – Fostering interdisciplinary research, partnerships, and community
Creation – Innovating real-world solutions for global impact
Diversity – Advocating for inclusive, equitable, and accessible systems
How we support Waterloo’s strategic goals
At WISA, our work is directly aligned with the University of Waterloo’s strategic plan, specifically in these key areas: