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News from Waterloo Engineering

Archive for October, 2011

Times Higher Education ranks Waterloo Engineering 48th in world

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Waterloo Engineering is tied for the 48th spot in the Times Higher Education Top 50 Engineering and Technology Universities for 2011-2012 released this month. THE’s rankings of the top 200 universities in the world use 13 performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities, from teaching to research to knowledge transfer. The top 50 institutions by subject are based on criteria and weightings that are selected after extensive consultation. [THE ranking website]

Civil students win TAC scholarships

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

A number of civil engineering students have been honoured with Transportation Association of Canada Foundation Scholarship Awards. The Waterloo recipients include Daniel Baggio, Matthew Casswell, David Duong, Mohab El-Hakim, Amir Ghods, Mehran Kafi Farashah, Andrew Northmore, Samantha Pinto and Leanne Whiteley-Lagace. The scholarships are intended to help students pursue their education in transportation-related careers. [TAC website]

Thumbs up opportunity to help fund new medical device

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

To help receive financial assistance for a new innovative medical device the associate director of Waterloo’s Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology is requesting that people check out his online video proposal and give it a thumbs up. Karim Karim, also an electrical and computer engineering professor, says that approval of his research team’s inexpensive ($1000) tuberculosis X-Ray imager intended to save lives in developing countries will play a large part in whether the proposal receives the funding from Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Bill Gates Foundation. The imager proposal is a collaborative effort with the radiology department at Aga Khan University in Pakistan. [video proposal]

Agreement provides boost to light-weight vehicle materials research

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Engineering researchers will benefit from the use of the new, state-of-the-art CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory that is part of the collaborative research agreement the University of Waterloo signed with the federal government October 12 in Engineering 5. In a news release University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur said “the collaborative agreement will enhance new materials research for light-weight vehicles and will make CANMET’s facilities more accessible to Waterloo’s researchers and graduate students in engineering and science.” One example Hamdullahpur gave is a project that involves the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. The project will help strengthen CANMET’s work in thermoelectric materials, which directly convert waste heat to electricity.  [Natural Resources Canada news release]

Midnight Sun gears up to outshine solar challenge competition

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Waterloo’s Midnight Sun team is now in Australia preparing for the 3,000-km World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide which takes place October 16-23. Forty vehicles are participating, including ones from the University of Calgary, University of Toronto and Montreal’s Ecole de technologie superieure. The top teams in the world aim to finish the course in three or four days. The 14-member Midnight Sun X team expects to finish in either fifth or sixth place. [Record article]

Remembering Donald Grierson at memorial service

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A memorial service for Donald Grierson to celebrate his long career as a distinguished engineer, researcher and educator will take place Thursday, October 27 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Missionary Church on Conservation Drive in Waterloo. Grierson, distinguished professor emeritus in civil and environmental engineering, died on August 25. A Waterloo Engineering faculty member for 37 years, he had earned his BASc in civil engineering in 1964, master’s in 1966 and PhD in 1968. A number of Waterloo Engineering faculty members will eulogize Grierson including Adel Sedra, dean of engineering, and Leo Rothenburg, associate vice-president international, University of Waterloo, and former chair of Waterloo’s civil and environmental engineering department.

Waterloo Engineering welcomes Martha Nelson as Director of Advancement

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Martha Nelson joins Waterloo Engineering from Brock University where she held the post of Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications. Martha will lead the Faculty’s advancement team, recently created by combining the Faculty’s communications team with the development and alumni affairs team. We look forward to the new team’s significant contribution to our Vision 2015 goals under her leadership.

Announcement from Dean Adel Sedra: [PDF]

Engineering faculty, staff and alumni honoured

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Waterloo Engineering achievements were recognized October 6 at the Faculty of Engineering dinner. The Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Christine Moresoli of chemical engineering, Bob McKillop of civil and environmental engineering and Ehsan Toyserkani of mechanical and mechatronics engineering.

There were four Faculty of Engineering Research Awards presented this year. The En-hui Yang Engineering Research Innovation Award was presented to Alexander Penlidis of chemical engineering. The Engineering Research Excellence Award in the assistant professor category was received by Zhongwei Chen of chemical engineering; the Engineering Research Excellence Award in the associate professor category was awarded to Hany Aziz of electrical and computer engineering; and the Engineering Research Excellence Award in the professor category was received by Wayne Brodland of civil and environmental engineering.

Donna Woolcott of the School of Architecture and Robert Kraemer of the Engineering Machine Shop were honoured with the Faculty of Engineering Outstanding Staff Award. Woolcott was recognized in the award’s administrative staff category and Kraemer in the technical staff category.

The Friend of the Faculty Award, two Young Alumni Achievement Medals, two Alumni Achievement Medals and one Team Alumni Achievement Medal were also presented. The Friend of the Faculty Award was presented to Conestoga- Rovers and Associates in recognition of the company’s strong support of Waterloo Engineering through the ongoing hiring of graduates and co-op students and generous financial support. The Young Alumni Achievement Medal was awarded to Sheldon Fernandez (BASc ’01, computer), co-founder and director of Infusion Development Canada, and Kurtis McBride (BASc ’04, MASc ’08, systems design), co-founder and CEO of Miovision Technologies.

The Alumni Achievement Medal in the professional achievement category was awarded to Steve Matusch (BASc ’91, systems design), founder and president of Ionic Engineering and The Alumni Achievement Medal in the community service category was presented to Nityanand (Nitya) Varma (MASc ’64, civil; MASc ’70, management sciences) in recognition of his numerous community service roles in Ottawa, Nepean and other Ontario communities. And the Team Alumni Achievement Medal was received by Brigitte Shim (BES ’81, BArch ’83) and Howard Sutcliffe (BES ’83, BArch ’83), co-founders of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects.

Waterloo team takes 2nd in Global Nano Innovation Contest

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

A team comprised of members of Waterloo’s advanced micro-nano-devices lab placed second in the Global Nano Innovation Contest which took place October 4 in Taiwan as part of the Taiwan National Exhibition. First prize was awarded to a team from IBM and third place was taken by a team from NASA. Waterloo was the only Canadian team to participate in the international competition. [contest details]

Management students win two top spots in contest

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Waterloo management engineering students came second and third in the IIE Ryerson-Siemens Competition hosted by the Ryerson University student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers on September 30. The competition, in which over 100 engineering students representing Waterloo, Ryerson and the University of Toronto took part, was sponsored by Siemens and Canadian Tire. It required student teams to manage and improve the operation of virtual factories in Plantville, an online simulation game developed by Siemens.  Sally Lee and William Truong, both third-year students, placed second, and Sean Dy and Yuheng (Helen) Jiang, also in third year, came in third. [competition details]