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News from Waterloo Engineering

Archive for May, 2010

Students and grads sweep start-up pitch awards

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Entrepreneurs made up of primarily of Waterloo MBET, mechatronics, software, and electrical and computer engineering students and alumni took the top awards at Ontario’s Next Top Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Pitch Competition held recently. The first prize winner was Avenir Medical, a company that has developed a technology to greatly enhance hip replacement surgery. [news release]

Grad student honoured with Vanier Canada award

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Ivan Kantor, a doctoral candidate in chemical engineering at Waterloo, has received a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by NSERC. His research explores the optimization of material and energy flows within an eco-park for reducing environmental impact. The scholarship recognizes a high standard of academic achievement and leadership skills. [news release]

New WatPD-Engineering program to be launched

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The professional skills program that engineering students are required to take during their work terms is being replaced. Adel Sedra, dean of engineering, announced that the PDEng task force has recommended phasing out the current PDEng program and developing a new program to be called WatPD-Engineering. To be launched as early as January 2011, the program will feature new course content and method of delivery. Gord Stubley, a mechanical and mechatronics professor, has been named to the new position of academic director for WatPD-Engineering. [task force report]

Architecture student wins CaGBC scholarship

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Matthew Schmid, a top Waterloo School of Architecture master’s student, has been awarded the Canada Green Building Council’s 2010 scholarship of $5,000. The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Foundation announced Schmid won the scholarship based on his master’s thesis that “proposes research and design investigations which promise to take on both social and environmental themes of sustainability.”

Nanorobotics team places third in microbotics contest

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The University of Waterloo Nanorobotics Group captured third place in the annual Mobile Microrobotics Challenge held recently by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Anchorage, Alaska. Out of 11 teams that competed Waterloo was the only Canadian team and the only one made up of all undergraduate students. The challenge consisted of having a robot of less than 600 micrometers in all dimensions complete in three events including a two-millimeter dash across a playing field on a silicon wafer.

ECE professor awarded IEEE medal

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Mohamed Kamel of electrical and computer engineering has been honoured with the 2010 IEEE Canada Computer Medal for outstanding contributions to pattern recognition and intelligent systems. The medal was presented to Kamel May 3 during the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering held in Calgary.

Grad student is a woman of influence

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Civil and environmental engineering master’s student Vicky Lounder was recently recognized by Ontario University Athletics (OUA) at the seventh annual Women of Influence Luncheon. Lounder, a Waterloo Warriors field hockey player, was honoured with 10 other women student-athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports and fields of study. In October 2009, she was honoured by the University of Waterloo’s Office of the President for being the top woman student-athlete by achieving a 93 per cent average in civil engineering. [OUA website]

Government announces auto research funding

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Tony Clement, the minister of industry, recently announced funding of $115,000 over two years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for a project that will focus on the development of a viable plastic heat exchanger. The project will be led by Pearl Sullivan, chair of Waterloo’s mechanical and mechatronics department, in partnership with Dana Canada Corporation. “Dr. Sullivan’s research will be a major contribution to a sustainable automotive industry,” said Suzanne Fortier, president of NSERC. [NSERC announcement]

PhD candidates take top honours at grad conference

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Amir Hajimiragha, an electrical and computer engineering doctoral candidate, and Alexander Wong, a systems design engineering doctoral candidate, received awards at Sharing Discovery: The 2010 Graduate Student Research Conference held at the University of Waterloo at the end of April. Hajimiragha won for best poster and Wong won for best oral presentation in the physical science, mathematics and technology theme category. [conference website]