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News from Waterloo Engineering

Archive for January, 2010

Waterloo to hold OEC this weekend

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Waterloo Engineering and its engineering society will host about 250 competitors, judges, sponsors and guests for the annual Ontario Engineering Competition from January 29 to 31. “The Ontario Engineering Competition provides the rare opportunity to bring together the most talented and promising engineering students from across Ontario,” said Stephen Lake, chair of the OEC 2010 and a Waterloo mechatronics engineering student. Winners qualify for the Canadian Engineering Competition to be held at the University of Toronto in March. [news release]

Waterloo-supported teams do well in LEGO contest

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Waterloo Regional school teams, mentored by Waterloo Engineering graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and alumni, chalked up wins at the recent provincial FIRST LEGO League competition. The Block Heads, a team from Kitchener’s Suddaby School, won the Rookie of the Year award, LEGO Force 9, a team from Waterloo’s St. Matthew School, won best creative presentation award, and Andrew Akers, a Waterloo electrical engineering alumnus, won the mentor of the year award. The FIRST LEGO League is an international competition for elementary students in grades 4-9. [website]

Haldenby to help Ottawa choose park designs

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Rick Haldenby, director of Waterloo Engineering’s School of Architecture, has been chosen to be part of a three-member panel that will guide Ottawa in picking the best designs for a redeveloped Lansdowne Park. All aspects of the design – including a new front lawn, commercial and residential components – will be examined by the panel. [newspaper article]

Students receive president circle honours

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Erika Murray, a chemical engineering doctoral candidate, and Cat Hay, a fourth-year systems design engineering student, are among nine students campus-wide who were recognized January 14 with a president’s circle award. Murray, who is involved in Waterloo’s Women in Engineering committee, received a 2009 president’s circle award for volunteerism and Hay, a former EngSoc president, received a president’s circle award for leadership. Established in 1997, the awards recognize significant contributions of students in volunteer work and leadership both within the university and the community.

Engineering professors honoured for grad supervision

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Mohamed Kamel of electrical and computer engineering and Alex Penlidis of chemical engineering are two of four University of Waterloo faculty members selected to receive the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision. The award recognizes exemplary faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in supervising graduate students. The award recipients will be officially recognized at spring convocation to be held in June. [DB article]

PhD student wins software competition prize

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Zeeshan Abdy, a Waterloo civil engineering doctoral candidate, placed third in the second PTV Vision Scientific Award competition. An international jury of transportation experts evaluated the 14 entries that used PTV Vision software modules. Abdy’s entry compared the variations in real traffic flow at intersections to simulated ones and found that in certain cases the vehicle waiting time in the simulations was underestimated. [press release]