News archive - February 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

SYDE Researchers developing a COVID-19 biosensor

Research students Inna Novodchuk and Muhammed Kayaharman co-advised by Prof. Eihab Abdel-Rahman at the University of Waterloo, Department of Systems Design Engineering, are developing a COVID-19 biosensor. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Waterloo tech company helping farm crickets for food

A company with strong ties to Waterloo Engineering is involved in the creation of a state-of-the-art facility to farm crickets as a source of protein.

DarwinAI, which was co-founded by Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering professor, and Mohammad Javad Shafiee, an engineering research professor, is one of several industry partners in a project led by the Aspire Food Group.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

SYDE Engineering grad's career soars as musical director for a Canadian superstar

Entertaining students with his band at University of Waterloo’s on-campus pub helped launch the career of an engineering alumnus who is the musical director and lead guitarist for Canadian rock musician Shawn Mendes.   

Zubin Thakkar, now a platinum-selling producer, recording engineer and songwriter, formed Prize Fighter about 15 years ago with several other Waterloo students.

A fan-favourite at The Bombshelter, better known as The Bomber, Prize Fighter released its first CD at the pub, which closed its doors in 2018.   

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Researcher takes fresh look at AI and medical images

Hamid Tizhoosh was looking for a new idea, a fresh start, when he began talking to doctors about how they do their jobs and how they might do them better. 

Six months into his consultations, with his engineering lab at the University of Waterloo reduced to a one-man show by a failed artificial intelligence (AI) startup, he heard something that almost floored him.