(interesting story about a hot topic) Source: Friday, January 6, 2017 | Daily Bulletin
A research team at the University of Waterloo played a key role in the development of a highly autonomous vehicle that Renesas Electronics America unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Using sensors and powerful computers, the car is capable of detecting and responding to other vehicles, stop signs and traffic lights to provide a safer driving experience. For example, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications allow the vehicle to detect in advance when a traffic light will change. Continue reading
A contact lens developed by a team of University of Waterloo engineers can monitor the blood sugar levels of diabetics and transmit that data to a person’s smartphone in real time.
Source: Smart contact lens for diabetics developed by Waterloo engineers wins James Dyson Award – Kitchener-Waterloo – CBC News
There were a couple of unexpected mentions of Waterloo on the international stage recently. In the first one, our Prime Minister Trudeau used Waterloo as an example of Canadian creativity and innovation, at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. A video clip from that part of his speech is below. The Prime Minister points to our high intellectual standards, focus on entrepreneurship, and diversity. (I should clarify that when he says that 50% of our graduate engineering students are international, he’s referring to our Masters and PhD students. As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, we have only a bit less than 15% of our available undergraduate spaces available for visa students.)
In his speech, the Prime Minister refers to Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley startup funder and mentoring program. Here is a video interview he did to explain why he is so interested in Waterloo students.
In another mention, British actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson mentions the HeForShe IMPACT Scholarships Waterloo launched last year, in support of increasing math and engineering gender balance.
Overall, it’s always nice for universities to attract attention for good reasons.
Exciting news about the start of construction for our new building, as well as support for automotive research and education, design, and entrepreneurship.
The University of Waterloo breaks ground today on Engineering 7, an $88-million building that will feature some of the best engineering research and teaching facilities in the world.The ground-breaking event will take place on Thursday November 12, at 1:30 pm at Engineering 5 on the University’s east campus.The new Engineering 7 (E7) facility will feature an additive manufacturing—or 3D printing—laboratory and an indoor flight arena for testing autonomous and robotic vehicles.It will also accommodate growth from Waterloo’s new biomedical engineering program and the expansion of the Faculty of Engineering’s highly popular mechatronics engineering program. It will house the Faculty’s new teaching innovation, the multidisciplinary Engineering Ideas Clinic™, where undergraduate students will integrate classroom theory with hands-on learning as they design, build, test and refine ideas.Part of the funding for E7 will come from the Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign, a $70-million fundraising effort that will help the Faculty of Engineering achieve its goal to become a world-class engineering school.Earlier this week, GM Canada announced $1 million in funding to support the Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign. This support will fund a Research Chair in advanced materials while also sponsoring Waterloo Engineering’s Capstone Design projects involving software development, which is key to GM Canada’s work on “the connected car.”E7 will also become the new home for the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre. It will have dedicated study and social spaces for students, lecture halls and entrepreneurial support areas, along with areas for student teams to prototype their Capstone Design projects.
Source: Thursday, November 12, 2015 | Daily Bulletin
(ProfBillAnderson: Yet another ranking, but one I haven’t noticed before. This one puts Waterloo in the top ten of student preferences when choosing between offers. An interesting article and worth a look.)
Stanford University tops another new college ranking list. But the rest of the Parchment Top 25 might surprise you.
Source: When students have choices among top colleges, which one do they choose? – The Washington Post
The fall is University Rankings season, as a bunch get released each year. Alex Usher has a nice blog post that summarizes the major ones and what they include. I’ve written posts about rankings in the past, which you can find using the search function if you wish. In general, for high school student applicants I usually suggest that they be very careful about putting too much weight on these rankings, for various reasons discussed before and illustrated below. Continue reading
I’ve always intended to write about some research work, but never find the time. However, here is a link to a write-up by one of our staff writers. And a picture of me with a couple of my graduate level (i.e. Masters) researchers.
Waterloo Engineering’s chemical engineering research gives manufacturer a global advantage.
Source: Leapfrogging ahead of competition with engineering research partnership – Waterloo Engineering
There was a recent article in the New York Times about the panic and anxiety surrounding applicants trying to get into the “elite” U.S. schools like Stanford and Harvard. It contains this interesting little comment:
I also spoke with Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, one of the best-known providers of first-step seed money for tech start-ups. I asked him if any one school stood out in terms of students and graduates whose ideas took off. “Yes,” he responded, and I was sure of the name I’d hear next: Stanford. It’s his alma mater, though he left before he graduated, and it’s famous as a feeder of Silicon Valley success.
But this is what he said: “The University of Waterloo.” It’s a public school in the Canadian province of Ontario, and as of last summer, it was the source of eight proud ventures that Y Combinator had helped along. “To my chagrin,” Altman told me, “Stanford has not had a really great track record.”
Here is the link to the full article.
Following up on a previous post about this Nanotechnology Engineering student group, this is apparently the first time Canadian undergraduate students have won a James Dyson Award. Congratulations!
University of Waterloo sun safety startup wins a Dyson award.
Here is some interesting and exciting news. I wasn’t aware it was up for approval, so it caught me by surprise! It will have quite a few interesting features for education in engineering and entrepreneurship for all programs. But it also will help with our space constraints in Biomedical and Mechatronics Engineering. See the link for more details. In the picture (architect’s rendering) you can just see the side of our current Engineering 5 building in the background to the right.
University approves $88-million Engineering 7 building | Engineering.