News archive - October 2022

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Wondering ‘why’ and ‘what if’

Norman Zhou

Originally published by By Carol Truemner, Faculty of Engineering

Engineering professor follows his curiosity to major research prize for industry partnerships

Motivated by an innate sense of curiosity, Water Institute member Dr. Norman Zhou has made significant contributions in many areas of engineering over the past 24 years.

While he began his career as a Waterloo Engineering professor focused on advanced welding and joining technologies, his inquisitive nature also led to advancements in fields including nanomaterials fabrication and laser processing of shape memory alloys.

“I’m constantly wondering ‘why’ and ‘what if’ when it comes to many things in life and my research,” said Zhou, a mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor who is cross-appointed to electrical and computer engineering.

Zhou’s search for answers also led to national recognition today with the announcement that he is the winner of a prestigious Synergy Award for Innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), a prize that comes with a $200,000 research grant.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Cleaner wastewater makes for healthier rivers

River discharge by Helen Jarvie

Water Institute member Helen Jarvie, a professor of water and global environmental change in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, recently shared research demonstrating how local investments in wastewater treatment are improving water quality, in an article published in the Journal of Environmental Quality.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity with the University of Waterloo’s Sustainable Futures initiative

Sustainable Fututes Initiative

by Chantal Vallis
Estimated reading time: 1:40 

Under the banner of Waterloo’s new Sustainable Futures initiative, the Water Institute, Waterloo Climate Institute (WCI), and Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) are looking for emerging top scholars to work across the institutes on interdisciplinary research at the cross-section of climate change, energy and water.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Waterloo researcher helping pave the way for space-age climate science

NASA illustration

Water Institute member Dr. Chris Fletcher is part of a scientific consortium developing satellite technology to better understand climate change

By Jon Parsons University Relations

A major funding announcement by the Government of Canada recently set in motion a new era of climate science, and a researcher at the University of Waterloo is a member of the group of scientists at the heart of the initiative.

The High-altitude Aerosols, Water Vapour and Clouds (HAWC) mission received $200 million of funding to create transformative new satellite instruments for measuring changes in the atmosphere.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Collaborative Water Program graduate makes real-world impact

Mitch Kay

Waterloo’s PhD programs are scholarly and rigorous in terms of theoretical sophistication and depth and breadth of knowledge. But the University’s spirit of innovation calls on PhD students to disrupt and challenge the status quo.

Mitchell Kay completed his doctorate with Prof. Roland Hall through the Department of Biology, specifically within the specialized Collaborative Water Program through the Water Institute.

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