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Harold Godwin

Managing Director, Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute

University of Waterloo

Job Description

Our modern world is driven by technology and now more than ever Artificial Intelligence. I lead the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute at the University of Waterloo. In high school, I had the desire to design and make many things, including the crazy ideas I had swirling in my head. After graduating from Mechanical Engineering at UW, the real learning began as I made everything from Aircraft Engines, tooling for virtually every plastic part you have around you, renewable energy technologies to change the world, and now AI applied to every sector of the economy. I'm an inventor with more than 20 patents, and despite having done this for over 30 years, I'm still fascinated with everything about technology and what lies ahead.

Relevant School Subjects

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Computer Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technological Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Aerospace/Aviation
  • Building/Construction
  • Education/Training
  • Energy/Utilities
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing/Production
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Science

Career Story

After high school, I did a 4.5 year Mechanical Engineering Co-op program at University of Waterloo. Co-op jobs including two terms working on the Canada Space Arm, designing aircraft landing gear, and working on the design for nuclear pressure vessels. After graduating I worked on the blackbox avionics for airplanes, design aircraft engines to survive bird strikes during landing and take-offs, designed and built injection molding tooling for making plastic components, did innovation consulting for 2 years, ran my own start-up company developing new renewable energy technology and now work at the University of Waterloo driving Advanced Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence.

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