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Thursday, May 30, 2013



  • 3D printing you can sink your teeth into
  • New members will join the 25-year club...
  • ...and 35-year club too!


  • Editor:
  • Brandon Sweet
  • Communications and Public Affairs


Geese and their goslings traverse their domain, their takeover of campus complete.

You (Honk) @ Waterloo Day: Future students and their families aren't the only ones touring campus these days, as this photograph taken by Admissions Officer Eric Jardin clearly demonstrates.


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3D printing you can sink your teeth into

Leave it to a team of fourth-year Waterloo engineering students to trump news of NASA's quest for a 3D printed pizza using protein harvested from such sources as insects and algae by heading in an altogether tastier direction, with chocolate as their building blocks.

Mechatronics engineering students Andy Vopni, Brian Luptak, Benjamin Cousins, and Nima Majidifar designed and built a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer as their fourth-year design project. The printer can use standard thermo-plastic powder to build three-dimensional objects from digital models, but the team chose to place a special emphasis on the use of chocolate powder as their primary print material.

The team demonstrated their 3D printer at the mechatronics engineering design symposium back in March, and most recently this week at the OCE Discovery Conference 2013 in Toronto. The team's printer was also featured recently in a Business News Network video shot at the OCE conference.

The team's device is what's known as an additive printer, which builds an object layer by layer by laying down a dusting of chocolate powder that is then heated—sintered—by a laser, leaving behind a solid mass.

Above, a video taken available on the team's website shows a time-lapse sequence of the team's printer building a delicious, if slightly off-model, three-dimensional University of Waterloo logo. We hope to see such treats available in the Waterloo Store in the near future.


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New members will join the 25-year club...

The 25-Year Club Reception will be held on Tuesday June 18 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC). The new 25-Year Club members and the 35-Year employees will be presented with an award for their dedication and years of service.

The list of the latest members to join the 25-year club, who started working at the university in 1988, includes:

  • Karen Anderson, School of Computer Science;
  • Dag Balzer, Plant Operations - Building;
  • Melissa Baxter, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering;
  • Joe Bevan, Map Analysis & Design;
  • Kathleen Bloom, Psychology;
  • G. Wayne Brodland, Civil & Environmental Engineering;
  • Joyce Buckley, Psychology;
  • Neime Cahit, Human Resources;
  • Andrea Chappell, Information Systems & Technology;
  • William Cowan, Cheriton School of Computer Science;
  • Scott Davis, Co-operative Education & Career Action;
  • Palmina De Leo, Residence Life;
  • Phyllis Diebolt, IGR-Isotope Testing Lab;
  • Annette Dietrich, Electrical & Computer Engineering;
  • Debbie Dietrich, Philosophy;
  • Marlene Dolson, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering;
  • Thomas Edwards, Earth & Environmental Sciences;
  • Matthew Erickson, Secretariat - Conflict Management & Human Rights;
  • Karen Ertel, New Media Services - Digital Production;
  • Sheila Fell, Information Systems & Technology;
  • Gregory Frowd, Plant Operations - Electrical;
  • Thomas Galloway, Plant Operations;
  • Kathleen Green, Plant Operations - Custodial;
  • Bruce Greenberg, Biology;
  • Dennis Hahn, Plant Operations;
  • Joanne Hall, ODAA - Advancement Services;
  • Kathryn Hare, Pure Mathematics;
  • Stephen Hitchman, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering;
  • Denise Kettle, Human Resources;
  • Philip Knipe, Information Systems & Technology;
  • Michael Koeckritz, Plant Operations - Electrical;
  • George Labahn, Cheriton School of Computer Science;
  • Stephan Lambert, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering;
  • Brad Lantz, Housing & Residences;
  • Bosco Leung, Electrical & Computer Engineering;
  • Henry Lok, Food Services;
  • Peter McCarthy, Food Services;
  • Celia McGill, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering;
  • Neil McManus, Chemical Engineering;
  • James Merli, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering;
  • Wendy Mertz, Waterloo International;
  • Clare Mitchell, Geography;
  • Gary Molson, Food Services - University Club;
  • Ronald Neill, Chemical Engineering;
  • Richard Nicholson, Plant Operations - Grounds,
  • Alexandra Oros, Housing & Residences - Cleaning Staff;
  • Janusz Pawliszyn, Chemistry;
  • Cheryl Petrie, Information Systems & Technology;
  • Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam, Systems Design Engineering;
  • John Quaiser, Plant Operations - Building
  • Prabhakar Ragde, Cheriton School of Computer Science;
  • Helia Raposo, Plant Operations - Custodial
  • Terence Ridgway, Civil & Environmental Engineering;
  • Mary Ann Robertson, Optometry Clinic;
  • Christine Roth, Mathematics Faculty Computing Facility;
  • Eric Roy, Kinesiology;
  • Sandra Shantz, Co-operative Education & Career Action;
  • Eric Soulis, Civil & Environmental Engineering;
  • Daniel Stashuk, Systems Design Engineering;
  • Laurie Strome, Library;
  • Vlasta Suliman, Housing & Residences - Cleaning Staff;
  • Catherine Taylor, Co-operative Education & Career Action;
  • Jill Tomasson Goodwin, Drama & Speech Communication;
  • Gerald Underhill, Library;
  • Gordon Wachtveitl, Plant Operations - Mechanical;
  • Kelly Wilker-Draves, Registrar's Office;
  • Barb Yantha, Arts Computing Office;
  • Christina Yee, Office of Research;
  • Linda Youngblut, School of Planning; and
  • Rick Zalagenas, Plant Operations.

Congratulations to those whose names appear on the list.


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... and the 35 year club too!

The newest members of the 35-Year club began work here back in 1978:

  • Sherry Bell, Plant Operations - Grounds;
  • Helena Calogeridis, Library;
  • Liviu Cananau, Planet Operations - Building Design;
  • Javier Cuenca, Economics;
  • James Davidson, School of Optometry;
  • Kenneth Davidson, Pure Mathematics;
  • Vic DiCiccio, Institute for Computer Research;
  • Darlene Dietz-Hicks, Procurement Services;
  • Gary Dmitrienko, Chemistry;
  • Shirley Fenton, Dean of Science - WIHIR;
  • Dianne Foreman, Psychology
  • Maryann Gavin, ODAA - Advancement Services;
  • Sandra Hayes, Human Resources;
  • Robert Hicks, Information Systems & Technology,
  • Lynette Hoyles, Biology;
  • Gabrielle Huber, Library;
  • Verna Keller, Centre for Teaching Excellence;
  • Diane McKelvie, Co-operative Education & Career Action;
  • Gabriel Moreira, Plant Operations-Grounds;
  • Cindy Rempel, Centre for Extended Learning;
  • Fedel Saccomanno, Civil & Environmental Engineering;
  • Laura Smith, Information Systems & Technology;
  • Luigina Sorbara, School of Optometry;
  • Cameron Stewart, Pure Mathematics;
  • Terry Stewart, Dean of AHS Office;
  • Janet Vaughan, Germanic & Slavic Studies; and
  • Richard Wells, Kinesiology

Congratulations to all!


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Remembering Phyllis Livingston

Phyllis Livingston, the first medical professional hired at the University of Waterloo, died on May 20 at the age of 97.

Livingston started working at the fledging university in 1957 and served staff and students for 10 years.

Previously, she worked as a nurse at Brockville General Hospital before moving to Kitchener and working at K-W hospital as Head Nurse.

After leaving the University of Waterloo, she worked with the Victorian Order of Nurses, focussing on home care.

Her son Donald also worked at the University of Waterloo, serving as Director of Development from 1988 until 1993.

Link of the day

70th anniversary of the Battle of Attu

When and where

Campus Walk 2013, Tuesday, May 21 to Friday, June 14. Details.

CTE presents Instructional Skills Workshop, Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, May 31, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., location TBA. Details.

Public Lecture featuring Prof. Michael Desjardins, "How religious use of food serves to bring out our shared humanity?", Thursday, May 30, 7:00 p.m., Seagram's Room, CIGI.

Public Lecture, "Pipelines through Paradise: a panel discussion on Alberta oil," Thursday, May 30, 7:00 p.m., OPT 347. Details.

WISE Public Lecture featuring Dr. Sonja Martens, Project Manager Ketzin, Centre for Geological Storage, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, "C02 Storage at the Ketzin Pilot Site, Germany: 5th Year of Injection, Multidisciplinary Monitoring And Modelling," Friday, May 31, 10:00 a.m., CPH 4333.

Utility Shutdown in MC, 6th floor, Saturday, June 1 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. as WR 28150 renovation and installation of new panels takes place. Computer equipment should be shut down in an orderly fashion.

Conrad Centre presents Professor Jianxi Luo, Singapore University of Technology and Design, ""The Role of Global Entrepreneurship in the Emergence of China’s Photovoltaic Industrial Ecosystem," Monday, June 3, 2:00 p.m., the Conrad Centre.

The Library presents Keep Current with Research Alerts, Tuesday, June 4, 10:00 a.m., FLEX Lab. Details.

Board of Governors Meeting, Tuesday, June 4, 1:30 p.m., Location TBA.

Career Exploration Workshop, "I’d do what I love…but what is it?" Tuesday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., TC 1112. Register online.

Chemistry Department Seminar Series featuring Dr. Alaaeddin Alsbaiee, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, “Towards Bioactive Rosette Nanotubes for Biomedical Applications” Wednesday, June 5, 2:30 p.m., C2-361. Details.

Retirement celebration for Anna Gerard, Thursday, June 6, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Health Services conference room. RSVP to Chris Strome.

The Library presents Find Books and More, Thursday, June 6, 2:00 p.m., FLEX Lab. Details.

Public Lecture featuring David Levy, "A Night Watchman's Journey," Thursday, June 6, 7:00 p.m., OPT 347. Details.

Keystone Picnic, Friday, June 7. Details.

Society of Technical Communication presents "Progress to Success," Saturday, June 8, 1:00 p.m., DC 1301. STC members $10, Non-STC members $20. Register online.

Public Lecture, "Black Holes: Into the Heart of Darkness," Monday, June 10, 7:00 p.m., OPT 347. Details.

Career Exploration Workshop, "Leverage your strengths for career success," Tuesday, June 11, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., TC 1112.Register online.

Spring 2013 convocation, Tuesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 15. Details.

Cheriton School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Frans Kaashoek, "The multicore evolution and operating systems," Tuesday, June 11, 3:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Child Vision Research Society Conference 2013, Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., School of Optometry and Vision Science. Details.

Senate meeting, Monday, June 17, 3:30 p.m., NH 3001.

25-Year and 35-Year Club Recognition Reception, Tuesday, June 18, 6:00 p.m. Physical Activities Complex.

Town Hall meeting, Tuesday, June 25, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

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