Organization: Univ of Waterloo

New centre of bioengineering & biotech at Univ of Waterloo

The Univ of Waterloo has established a Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology to operate at the interface between engineering and life sciences. The new centre will support research and education activities in areas such as human engineering, life engineering and bioenvironmental engineering. Hosted by the faculty of engineering, its inaugural director is Dr Catherine Burns,…

UW signs MOUs with Brazilian research institutions

The Univ of Waterloo has signed memoranda of understanding with two research institutions in Brazil. The MOUs are with Pontifica Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC), a research-focused university, and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) , a national institute responsible for promoting science and technology. They will expand upon researcher exchanges,…

IDRC and granting councils fund climate change research

The International Development Research Centre and Canada’s three federal granting councils have joined forces to fund five research teams under the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change. Five projects will each receive $2.5 million over five years for a total of $12.5 million to conduct research in Canada and in developing countries across…

Cambridge firm receives $4M from Clean Energy Fund

Ecologix Heating Technologies Inc has received $4 million from the $1-billion federal Clean Energy Fund to develop and demonstrate a cold climate heat pump system. Developed in conjunction with the Univ of Waterloo and Emerson Climate Technologies, the system adapts compressor technology used in commercial refrigeration systems for cold climate heating and cooling. Cambridge ON-based…

Health research award winners announced

The 9th annual Canadian Health Research Awards have been jointly presented by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Prix Galien Canada. Prix Galien made its awards to Dr Julio Montaner (Univ of British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) for ongoing innovation in the development and delivery of HIV treatment, and Janssen-Ortho for a…

Univ of Waterloo wraps fundraising campaign

The Univ of Waterloo has wrapped a fundraising campaign that raised $613.2 million — more than twice its original target — allowing the university to add 2.5 million square feet in new facilities including 14 new buildings. Launched in 2004, Campaign Waterloo: Building a Talent Trust, was supported by 60,000 donors, 66 of whom donated…

Automotive partnership fund makes four awards

The Automotive Partnership Fund (APF) has invested $14.9 million in four university-based projects worth a total of $28.7 million. The largest award ($10.6 million) goes to a $16-million R&D project at McMaster Univ for a project entitled Network for the Engineering of Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems in collaboration with General Motors Canada,…

QS ranking includes 10 Canadian universities

McGill Univ is the top ranked of 10 Canadian university that were placed in the latest world university ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based student services firm. McGill ranked 19th in the 2010 ranking of 400 institutions and was one of four that placed in the top 100 ahead of the Univ of Toronto…

Hydro One contributes $2.5 million to Univ of Waterloo

Hydro One is contributing $2.5 million to the Univ of Waterloo to pursue research projects into clean energy technologies, train graduate students and the planning of transmission projects. The funding will be managed by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and has three components: a Hydro One Chair in Power Engineering ($1.5 million), endowment…

IBM and OCE launch cloud computing pilot

IBM, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and several Ontario-based universities and health institutes are participating in a pilot project to deliver anywhere, anytime access to IBM’s proprietary business software via cloud computing – an emerging compute model for delivering and consuming information technology capabilities as a service. The software — IBM’s WebSphere Integration Developer…