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5 Charts: University of Waterloo vs. America's Best Automation Schools

We’ve matched UWaterloo up against the best US schools for robotics and automation by examining their Electrical and Electronic Engineering rankings.

World-class research facilities, renowned faculty members and a long history of industry partnerships and collaborations are just a few of the reasons why the University of Waterloo has solidified its reputation as a leader in the robotics and automation industry.

In fact, it’s home to the biggest and most active community of researchers in the field of robotics and automation in Canada.

With that in mind, it’s no question that UWaterloo can hold its own against our neighbours to the south – who certainly have their own share of leading post-secondary institutions, many of which we’ve already run matchups with in our ‘5 Charts’ blog series – facing top schools in cities like Boston, New York and California, to name a few.

This time, we’ve gathered the data to compare UWaterloo to some of the best post-secondary schools in the US for robotics and automation by examining their Electrical and Electronic Engineering rankings.

In this matchup, UWaterloo is going up against these challengers: Ohio State University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and MIT.

Here’s how the University of Waterloo compares to some of the best robotics and automation schools in the US:

Round One: Overall Electrical and Electronic Engineering Ranking


Source: QS University Rankings 2022


As the first round kicks off, UWaterloo finds itself nestled comfortably in the middle of the pack in Overall Electrical & Electronic Engineering. It’s no surprise that MIT takes the lead on this one, but a #33 ranking is nothing to scoff about. It demonstrates that UWaterloo can compete with the best of the best – because it’s one of them.

UWaterloo was also named “Canada’s Most Innovative University,” was ranked #2 overall, #3 for highest quality and #4 for “leaders of tomorrow.” The engineering school – Canada’s largest – was ranked #3.

There’s huge opportunity for further growth in this area and looking ahead to 2023 and beyond, we say, challenge accepted.

Round Two: Electrical Engineering University Program Size (w/some Computer Engineering)


Sources: University of Waterloo, MIT, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State University 2022


If you’re familiar with our ‘5 Charts’ series, you know that UWaterloo often takes this round, no matter the matchup. That’s because UWaterloo is one of the world’s top engineering schools and Canada’s largest. MIT came close this time, but UWaterloo still pulled ahead.

Round Three: Overall Graduate Employability Ranking


Source: QS University Rankings 2022


For this round, we looked at each university’s overall graduate employability. Considering that 1,300 universities from around the world are included in the QS rankings, these are excellent rank achievements from all parties – but we’re happy be the second highest.

Home to the world’s largest co-op program, UWaterloo is known for its abundant, steady stream of work-ready talent – and when robotics and automation companies are looking to scale, it’s not just quality that matters, it’s also quantity.

Round Four: Research Capabilities (Citations Per Faculty)


Source: QS University Rankings 2022


Publishing research is a core foundation of any university, signaling a strong commitment to collaboration and community. It’s great to see many of these universities with such high numbers of citations per faculty.

While UWaterloo falls behind MIT, Texas and Carnegie Mellon, we can proudly say that it has been Canada’s #1 comprehensive research university for 14 consecutive years.

Round Five: Entrepreneurs Produced


Source: Pitchbook, Top Schools for Founders, 2022


Innovation and entrepreneurial spirit drive so much positive change for local communities and the world. In this round, we look at the rankings for the number of entrepreneurs produced according to Pitchbook’s annual university rankings. 21st place in the world is quite a finish – that’s in the top 1.6%!

Even if it doesn’t win against every US school, UWaterloo still takes first place in Canada. In fact, about 18% of all Canadian tech founders studied there.

The Decision: University of Waterloo competes with the best

This was a strong matchup for UWaterloo as it faced some healthy competition from its US counterparts. Despite not taking first place in all the rounds, it continues to give challengers a run for their money and uphold its strong, global reputation.

UWaterloo plays an integral part of Waterloo’s strong and vibrant robotics and automation ecosystem, which is made up of various R&D institutions, support organizations and innovative companies like ATS Automation, Clearpath Robotics, Eclipse Automation and Avidbots, to name a few.

Access the incredible and rich talent pool from the University of Waterloo