University of Waterloo Student Chapter

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Mission Statement

To provide a forum to host regular meetings and information sessions using state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Waterloo to promote the welding and joining the industry to the post-secondary student population in the tri-city area as well as support research collaboration and to facilitate knowledge sharing between the University and industry partners.


Dileep Ramachandran- Chair
Bruna Figueredo- Treasuer
Rachel Tyli- Administrative chair
Ali Kalashami- Public relations/Entertainment Chair
Mohammad Shojaee- Education/Membership Chair


  1. The UWSC will host sessions and seminars to educate the general student population about the field of welding and joining with the purpose of attracting new and exceptional talent to strengthen the industry.
  2. The UWSC will actively work to support projects by readily developing working relationships between the university and industry partners with the purpose of keeping new research in-sync with the ever-changing and evolving needs of the industry.
  3. The UWSC will provide a platform for researchers at the university to network with welding professionals working in industry with the purpose of improving collaboration and strengthening the industry of welding and joining.

Centre for Advanced Materials Joining Student Seminar

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT
Location: Online Event

Effects of Colloidal Graphite Coating on Weld Properties During Fiber Laser Welding of Al-Si Coated 22MnB5 Steel

In the automotive industry, the demand for reduced vehicle weight, improved safety and enhanced crashworthiness qualities continue to rise which introduces the need for parts with tailored properties. This demand can be met by employing tailor-welded blanks which are made of two or more types of press-hardened steels that are laser welded together and then hot-stamped to produce highly optimized parts for use in vehicle body-in-white applications.

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Welding Technologies for the Automotive Industry

April 27, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
University of Waterloo, E5 Building - Room 2004
263 Phillip St, Waterloo, ON

Who should attend?

Engineers, technical staff and decision-makers responsible for automation, welding monitoring, welding solutions to production demands and innovation for future designs are encouraged to attend the event.

Attendees will learn how to:

Increase automation capability in welding, implement high productivity and low distortion processes, (such as hybrid and low energy techniques), utilize advanced vision technology for feedback and thermal monitoring, and improve reliability of steel and aluminum sheet welding.

Speakers include:

Laser Welding Technology for Automotive Applications
Jeff Molyneaux, Materials Joining Innovation Centre

Weldability and Applications of Advanced High Strength Steels
Elliot Biro, ArcelorMital

Weld monitoring using HDR cameras
Justin Grahn, Xiris Automation

Advances in Laser Technology for Automotive Applications
Dennis Nadeau, Wayne Trail

Thermal monitoring using low-cost cameras
Chris Gobbi, Ontario Drive and Gear

Cold wire GMAW for Automotive
Rafael De Araujo Ribeiro, University of Waterloo

Closed-loop laser processing using a thermal camera
Mohammad Farshidianfar, University of Waterloo

Recent Advances in Low Energy Welding from Huys Industries
Nigel Scotchmer, Huys Industries

Defect Causes and Cures in Aluminum Welding
Jian Zhang, Indalco

It will a tremendous opportunity to know new welding technology in automotive industry and the ongoing research in automotive sector. Attendees will gain knowledge on best practices or emerging technologies, and have chance to network with professionals and researchers from the automotive industry.

This event is being organized by the Centre for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ) at the University of Waterloo, and promoted by the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) - University of Waterloo Student Chapter.

Membership Fee

CWA Members $150
Others $200
Students: $50
Educators: $100

Register Online