A class of systems design engineering students has proven that just about anyone can play a musical instrument, even individuals with complete hearing loss. Students in Matt Borland’s SYDE 361 course gave an end-of-term concert demonstrating what they designed over the past three months for people with various disabilities.
A chance for outdoor fun and networking before final exams for our talented Systems Design (SYDE), Biomedical (BME), and Mechatronics (MTE) Engineering students at UWaterloo. The event was organized by Professor Igor Ivkovic with support from Professor Carolyn MacGregor, Professor Maud Gorbet, and Kristen Deckert.
During the past year, there have been major implosions of robot startups, such as with Jibo, Anki and Rethink Robotics. They all raised substantial amounts of capital from top-tier investors and had strong teams.
So why the failure? One of the main reasons is the extreme complexities of melding software and movable hardware. As a result, the technology often does not live up to expectations.
The test itself will become available later in August 2019.
The SYDE/BME Readiness Assessment is a diagnostic test. The questions on the assessment cover fundamental background for the courses that students will take in their first term. It is not for credit – rather, a tool to help identify areas where students need support. The assessment can be done from a personal computer with an internet connection.
Professor John McPhee, P.Eng., studies things that move. What does that mean exactly? In McPhee’s words, his “research is devoted to the modelling, control, simulation and design of dynamic physical systems.”
McPhee, who received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Acadia University, the Technical University of Nova Scotia and the University of Waterloo, is currently a professor in Systems Design Engineering and the Canada Research Chair in System Dynamics at the University of Waterloo.
Systems Design Engineering Professor John McPhee has been awarded the 2019 Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence.
The Engineering Medal honours those association members who have contributed substantially to advancing the engineering profession, and recognizes excellence in the practice of engineering, where the innovative application of engineering knowledge and principles has solved a unique problem, led to advanced products, or produced above-average results.