Our unique engineering education prepares students for the future

Waterloo Engineering has helped University of Waterloo become one of the world’s most innovative universities in less than 60 years. We launched co-op education in 1957, knowing that students who gain relevant, real-world experience throughout their unique engineering education are better prepared for the future. From the start, we’ve deliberately created and nurtured a vibrant entrepreneurial culture. Waterloo Engineering has always had an inventor-owned intellectual property culture that stimulates entrepreneurship and commercialization while attracting dynamic researchers. These elements contribute to our high rankings worldwide and have made us a leader in engineering education. We uniquely prepare engineers for the future.

Experience, innovate, incubate early

Experience early

From day one, Waterloo Engineering’s globally renowned co-op program has made work terms integral to undergraduate learning.  Now, with the incorporation of the innovative  Engineering Ideas Clinic™, there are even more early opportunities for  experiential learning. In the 13,200-square-foot Engineering Ideas Clinic space, students will design, build, test and refine ideas in a series of multidisciplinary modules that integrate classroom theory with hands-on learning, beginning in their first year.

Innovate early

Now undergraduates will have even earlier access to research opportunities. From day one, students will gain deep knowledge through early exposure to the people, facilities and funding that are essential to innovation.  To help in this goal, Engineering 7 will provide students cutting-edge research labs including those in emerging and disruptive technologies; garages for student design projects and specialized spaces such as machine shops, an electronic components shop, and the RoboHub for aerial vehicles and robotics testing. These facilities will create an environment that encourages students and researchers to push boundaries, conduct meaningful research and answer new questions.

Incubate early

With the Entrepreneurship Option launched in 2014, there is an even greater support system for our entrepreneurial students. Engineering 7 will  provide a main-campus home for the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, an established leader in entrepreneurship training. We’re offering enhanced facilities for students to work on Capstone Design projects and a multimedia pitch area for honing presentations and pitching new ventures to further foster the entrepreneurial DNA Waterloo Engineering students and alumni have become known for. The Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign will expand the University of Waterloo’s unparalleled entrepreneurial ecosystem—already recognized around the world as the engine of Ontario’s innovation supercluster. The E7 building will be a dynamic new student-focused space,  complementing and connecting closely with the hugely successful Velocity incubation and discovery suite of programs; the Accelerator Centre, and other startup supports at the University of Waterloo and in the broader community. Experience, innovate, incubate early—another way Waterloo Engineering is leading in engineering education.

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Student at chalkboard with equations

Myles Tan, (BASc 2014) is using technology to positively influence human behaviour, particularly with regards to personal health.