I have various posts in mind, but not much time to write lately. So here are just some random things that are going on.
- March Open House: we’re busy planning for our open house event on Saturday March 1, when applicants and others (like Grade 11 students) can visit, have a look around, and talk to students, staff and faculty. In previous years we held this on a Tuesday during the Ontario high school March break, but it has become too big (traffic and parking!), so it’s been moved to a Saturday this year.
- A couple of weeks ago I visited St. John’s NL on research-related business. I also took the opportunity to meet with a few of our engineering applicants and their parents. It was nice to meet with people who wouldn’t usually be able to visit us in Waterloo. I like Newfoundland; beautiful land and nice people.
- Our new Biomedical Engineering program has had an overwhelming response. There are over 10 applicants for every available space, so I suspect that it will be our most competitive program for admission this year.
- Since I teach air pollution control, I’m interested in meteorological phenomena. So here is a picture of a radiation inversion from the other day. You can see the vent emissions from our Engineering 6 building rising vertically, then hitting the inversion layer and moving horizontally. Inversion layers inhibit vertical mixing. I’ll use this in my lecture next year.
- Applications to Waterloo engineering are up significantly this year, which is putting a strain on our systems. We’ll have to ask for people’s patience as we work through all the materials and decision-making processes. The bulk of our decisions will come out in early May, as usual, even if we have to work 24/7 to do it!
- We’re currently working on Ontario student (OUAC Form 101) round 1 decisions. Hopefully we’ll have some decisions going out by the end of this week (although sometimes the process gets hung up and delayed).