(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
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
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
Sunscreen warning markers earn top grades at Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.
Here is an interesting story about some of our Nanotechnology Engineering students, who used their creativity and expertise in materials science to develop a business idea for a compound that warns you when you need to re-apply sunscreen. They won a $15,000 prize to help carry on building their start-up company.
There was another story a while ago about nanotechnology engineering graduates who were developing an improved de-icer compound for use in frost removal or control. Just a couple of examples of what nanotechnology engineering students do in the area of entrepreneurship.
English: The New York City fireworks over the East Village of New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As we approach Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day in the U.S. (July 4), our thoughts turn to the pyrotechnics that are a typical part of the celebrations. For a chemical engineer, pyrotechnics are a fascinating topic because they rely on rapid combustion reactions and the presence of various elements that give rise to the different colours. However, my research interests are in air quality and I’m at the Air & Waste Management Association conference in Chicago, so I’m going to review the air quality impact instead. Continue reading
Our new 3D printer, a Fortus 360mc rapid prototyping machine, was officially launched today in our Engineering 5 building. I haven’t actually seen it, but there is a website link that describes what it is and how it works. I will certainly have a look in the near future, because I can already think of a few custom parts I could make for my research projects. I just need to teach myself AutoCAD first.
Apparently the 3D printing costs are some of the cheapest available, and anyone can submit a job, whether faculty, staff, or students. Some of the student design teams have already been using it, and I bet it will be popular with a lot of student research and design projects.
Today was the official opening for the new Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) on the Waterloo campus, sponsored in-part by the co-founder of RIM and the Blackberry, Mike Lazaridis. This will be the new “home” for our Nanotechnology Engineering students, with classrooms, teaching and research labs, faculty offices, and meeting spaces where people can collaborate. The opening ceremonies had the usual speeches, which were actually quite inspirational. But the biggest excitement was generated at the start when Prof. Stephen Hawking from Cambridge delivered the opening address! Continue reading
The first set of university rankings has been released for this academic year. This is the ARWU (academic ranking of world universities) put out by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I’m going to focus on the rankings of “Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences” category, since that’s most relevant to my interests, and they can be found at this link. Since prospective students and parents sometimes spend a lot of time and effort pondering on the meaning of these rankings, let’s go through them together. Continue reading
Kitchener is a city located next to the city of Waterloo, so close together that it’s hard to tell where one city stops and the other starts. They are two separate legal entities however, and in Kitchener there is a raging debate about limiting or banning backyard fires (Waterloo banned them some years ago). The debate boils down to the rights of individuals to use their property as they see fit, versus the rights of their neighbours to clean air. On technical grounds, I would side with the people who are seeking a ban, based on what we already know about wood fires and air quality. Continue reading