Steven Waslander’s lab feels like you’re entering the set of a science fiction movie. Drones hover and dance, while wheeled vehicles scoot across the polished concrete floors. Waslander and his team envision a day when quadrotor helicopters can function without human operators.
Meet Spaun, the world’s largest model of a functional brain. On the medical side, Spaun could shed light on the impact of Alzheimer’s disease or help pharmaceutical researchers predict the effects of potential new treatments.
Nanotechnology engineer Stuart Linley is cleaning up contaminated water from Canada’s oil sands. He uses magnetic nanoparticles to effectively remove pharmaceutical and other contaminants found in the municipal water system.
Mihaela Vlasea, a Waterloo Engineering post-doctoral researcher and lecturer, is exploring an innovative way to address faulty joint replacements that incorporates the use of a 3D printer to develop custom implants, using ingredients absorbed by real bone.