Testing vehicles
First Floor of Engineering Ideas Clinic
Testing areas for both water and land-based vehicles.
Engineering Ideas Clinic
First Floor of Engineering Ideas Clinic
Engineering Ideas Clinic gives students hands on experience in connecting the digital and physical world.
Engineering Ideas Clinic Second Floor
Second Floor Engineering Ideas Clinic
The artist’s rendering of the second floor of the Engineering Ideas Clinic.™
Students and instructor work on motor
The Innovative Engineering Ideas Clinic
Students work along side instructors to understand the workings of a brushless DC motor.
Engineering Ideas Clinic -students
Engineering Ideas Clinic
Students working together learn to think like an engineer in a hands-on, collaborative environment.
successful team
Innovation in Learning
Another successful Engineering Ideas Clinic project.

 Connecting the digital and physical worlds

Waterloo Engineering’s co-op education is the most successful method of delivering early real-world engineering experiences. Every engineering student, from their first year to their fourth, gains unique insight and invaluable experience through their co-op work terms. Now to complement this unique educational advantage, Waterloo Engineering is delivering real-world engineering experiences into the classroom through our new Engineering Ideas Clinic™.

What makes the Engineering Ideas Clinic invaluable and transformative is that it directly addresses the needs of today’s generation of engineering students. The Engineering Ideas Clinic connects the digital and physical worlds, allowing for analysis and understanding. It gives students a space to create, test, refine and succeed. Failures along the way are embraced as essential learning; “fail fast and fail forward” is the mark of every engineer. From autonomous robots to wearable technologies, the Engineering Ideas Clinic will be a creative birthplace for the engineers who shape our future.

Sparking intellectual curiosity

Imagine small teams of students unravelling the mysteries of…a coffeemaker? Or watch students break out in a sweat as they struggle to construct their very first brushless DC motors and in the process finally “get” the power of copper wire and magnets. How could these seemingly simple engineering tasks lead to advancing the frontiers of human knowledge? Because it is these types of hands-on, open-ended activities that spark intellectual curiosity and ingrain engineering concepts that no ordinary lecture could hope to achieve. It’s self-learning and exploration in an environment where students acquire good engineering practices and gain an appreciation between the courses in their curriculum. They enthusiastically exercise their creativity, use their judgment and flex their problem-solving skills while building the essential communication and team skills that turns a good engineer into a great engineer.