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Thursday, September 13, 2018


Engineering professor joins Order of Canada

Engineering professor Keith Hipel stands with Governor General of Canada Julie Payette.

Keith Hipel, a longtime Waterloo Engineering systems design engineering professor, is congratulated by Governor General Julie Payette at a ceremony in Ottawa last week to invest him as an officer into the Order of Canada. Photo: Sgt. Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2018

This article was originally published on the Faculty of Engineering's news site.

Keith Hipel, a longtime professor at Waterloo Engineering, was formally invested last week into the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours.

Hipel was made an officer of the Order, a rank that recognizes national service or achievement, by Governor General Julie Payette during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

A systems design engineering professor who earned three degrees at Waterloo as a student, Hipel was cited for developing “innovative decision models that have been used to design environmental strategies and address pollution conflicts worldwide.”

His citation described Hipel as a “pre-eminent leader” in his field and said his “interdisciplinary systems approach has been applied to such wide-ranging challenges as the management of water levels in the Great Lakes and sustainable energy development.”

It also noted he has held numerous leadership posts with academic and professional institutions, including president of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada.

Order includes almost 7,000 people

Hipel holds the title of University Professor, the highest academic honour at the University of Waterloo, and has won both the Distinguished Teacher Award and the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision.

He was one of eight new officers of the Order invested during the ceremony. Thirty-one people also became members, a designation for contributions at the local or regional level, or in a special field of activity.

Created in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation, the Order includes almost 7,000 people from all walks of life.

Executive Actions at Orientation and beyond

President Hamdullahpur meeting new students at Orientation Week.

It’s Thursday, September 13. Do you know what your president is up to?

With the start of an active Fall term schedule here is a non-exhaustive list of President Hamdullahpur's recent activities on and off campus and a look ahead at what's on his calendar.

The Fall term kicked off with the President welcoming students, parents, family members, staff and faculty to campus during Orientation Week activities. This included welcoming our new international students and our transfer and exchange students, connecting with new students and their families at the Family Send-Off event and four Warrior Welcome events as our new first year students gathered to celebrate with their new community.

Feridun Hamdullahpur speaks at the Invest India panel discussion.

President Hamdullahpur followed his Orientation Week activities by attending the Second Annual Invest India Conference in Toronto on September 5 at the invitation of the University’s ninth chancellor, Prem Watsa. The President was invited to take part in a panel called “Building a Brain Chain: Innovation and Research Collaboration” that was moderated by former Governor General and University of Waterloo President, the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, during a day of exploration on the topic of bridging the gap between Canada and India.

While at the Invest India Conference the President met with the Director of one of India’s leading research institutions, India Institute of Technology Madras, and signed a memorandum of understanding between our two universities to foster a stronger connection through ongoing discussions and potential research and program alignments.

President Hamdullahpur participated in the kick-off sessions of the Bridge to 2020 Strategic Plan consultation phase this week. The first two sessions centred on the Undergraduate Learning and Learning Environment issue papers with University community members also participating to discuss the future path and priorities of our University. The President will also be participating in upcoming consultation sessions in the coming weeks centred around topics such as Graduate Studies, Internationalization and Empowering People.

What’s next?

As the Strategic Plan consultation process continues the President will also be taking part in a number of on-campus and off-campus events and meetings.

With the start of the Fall term, it is also the beginning for thousands of new Warriors and the President will be taking the time in the coming weeks to stop in, visit with new students at some of their first year lectures and maybe take a selfie or two.

President Hamdullahpur will be attending the Accelerator Centre’s Annual General Meeting today as a long standing board member of the award-winning startup accelerator.

The President will be speaking at the Balsillie School of International Affairs 10th Anniversary celebrations on Friday, September 14 to honour this significant milestone, the growth of the School and its dedication to world-class research and educating the next generation of global talent.

The launch of the University of Waterloo’s United Way campaign is right around the corner and President Hamdullahpur will be welcoming the University community to the annual United Way Leadership and Volunteer Lunch on Tuesday, September 18.

The President welcomes our eleventh chancellor, Dominic Barton to campus on Friday, September 21 for a President’s Lecture on “Dimensions of Global Disruption”. President Hamdullahpur has invited the entire University community to attend and hear from our new chancellor and Global Managing Partner Emeritus at McKinsey & Company as his unique insights as a leading global thinker are sure to be of great interest to our future as an innovation University.

Reminder: President's Community Impact Award nominations

The nomination period for the President's Community Impact Awards is now open. Launched in 2017, the President’s Community Impact Awards celebrate great community leaders and the impact they create through volunteerism, philanthropy, or engagement.

The awards recognize individuals or teams of community members, students, staff or faculty who embody the University’s spirit of innovation and contribute to making Waterloo Region strong and prosperous.

Award winners may be distinguished through such community service activities as volunteer work, public speaking, school outreach, or other outstanding community service.

Terms of reference and nomination guidelines can be found on the Office of the President's website. The guidelines for collecting supporting documentation are also available.

Nominate someone today. Nominations close on October 1.

Library to open renovated space and other notes

Students take advantage of newly renovated space in the Library.

"The third floor of Dana Porter Library is now open!" says a note from the Library. "All are welcome to join us on Monday September 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of this new and improved space. While you’re enjoying refreshments, activities and a chance to win prizes, check out the new flexible learning lab, bookable study rooms and spacious lounge area with comfy (and environmentally friendly) seating, take a spin on the fun new swivel stools, or leave a message on one of the dry-erase tables. This is YOUR space…enjoy it!"

While we're on the subject, watch for the Centre for Extended Learning around the Dana Porter Library Quad on Friday, September 14 between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (weather permitting). Drop by for a Freezie, swag and to chat with staff about online learning as the CEL celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Body Groove with Cindy sessions begin this term on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Engineering 7's 2nd floor pitch space (follow the signs). Participants can pay what they can at the class. Wear comfy clothes and shoes, bring a water bottle to take advantage of the nearby refill station, and a yoga mat or towel.

Arts Undergraduate Office closure 

The Arts Undergraduate Office will open at 10:00 a.m. this morning to accommodate a staff meeting.

Link of the day

International Programmer's Day

When and where 

Music Department Ensemble Auditions for Fall 2018, Thursday, September 6 to Friday, September 21, Conrad Grebel University College.

Feds Welcome Week, Monday, September 10 to Friday, September 14.

Free Fitness week, Monday September 10 to Sunday, September 16.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Open House, Power and Energy Systems: Innovation Meets a Growing Industry, Thursday, September 13, 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., CEIT.

Strategic Plan consultation session - Graduate Studies, Thursday, September 13, 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

Strategic Plan Consultation Session for graduate students, Thursday, September 13, 5:00 p.m., NH 3308. Please note the revised location.

Strategic Plan Consultation Session - Internationalization, Friday, September 14, 10:30 a.m., Village 1 Great Hall.

Seminar featuring Pirathayini Srikantha, Western University, “Hierarchical signal processing for tractable power flow management in electric grid networks,” Friday, September 14, 1:30 p.m., DC 1304.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “Five Unsolved Questions in Fire Management” featuring speaker Eric Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management at York University, Friday, September 14, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

Doors Open Waterloo Region, Saturday, September 15, multiple locations on campus.

School of Planning Ceremony of Induction, Saturday, September 15, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What Is a City? Interpreting Change in the Urban Landscape, Saturday, September 15, 11:00 a.m., Catalyst137 & Miovision.

Public Lecture featuring Ken McLaughlin, "The Brubacher House: Historic Icon on an Ultra-Modern Campus." Saturday, September 15, 3:00 p.m., Brubacher House Museum.

Application for Velocity Campus Ambassador volunteers closes, “Get swag, immerse yourself in the world of entrepreneurship and attend a startup event at the Velocity Garage,” Sunday, September 16, 11:59 p.m.

Peace Week, Monday, September 17 to Saturday, September 22.

Conditioning Classes Registration Deadline, Monday September 17, 12:00 p.m.

Tri-Agency Scholarships (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR), Monday, September 17, 10:00 a.m., NH 3407.

Experiential Learning using Riipen – Fall Information Session, Monday, September 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., HH 150. RSVP to jennifer.nicholson@uwaterloo.ca.

Intramural Registration Deadline, Monday, September 17 at 12:00 p.m.

Alleviating Anxiety Seminar, Monday, September 17, 1:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Strategic Plan Consultation Session - Empowering People, Monday, September 17, 1:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

Communication for the workplace, Monday, September 17, 1:00 p.m., SCH 228F.

University Senate meeting, Monday, September 17, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

Coping Skills Seminar - Strengthening Motivation, Monday, September 17, 4:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Research ethics system training, Tuesday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., MC 1078. For all upcoming sessions, please visit the Research ethics system webpage.

Résumé Tips (for employees only), Tuesday, September 18, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., TC1208.

Developing Your Compassionate Mind, Tuesday, September 18, 1:30 p.m., NH 2447.

Strategic Plan Consultation Session - Leveraging Resources, Tuesday, September 18, 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Multipurpose Room.

The Body Project, Tuesday, September 18. 5:00 p.m., HS 2302.

Velocity Science: The Startup Rollercoaster, Tuesday, September 18, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

UWaterloo Jacket Day, Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Waterloo Store, SCH. 

Campus Life Fair, Wednesday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Student Life Centre Great Hall.

UWRC Book Club featuring the the One Book One Community selection Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay, Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m., LIB 407.

Healthy Workplace Committee Brown Bag Lunch and Learn, Helping Your Child Succeed at School, Wednesday, September 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., EC5-1111. Space is limited, so please register to attend.

Noon Hour Concert: "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Mason", Wednesday, September 19, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel chapel.

Strategic Plan Consultation Session for undergraduate students, Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 p.m., Village 1 Great Hall. Please note the updated time.

Velocity Start: What’s Your Problem?, “Larry Smith’s legendary talk on how find and solve “killer” problems,” Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 p.m., Velocity Start, SCH 2nd Floor.

WISE Public Lecture featuring Jason Jonkman​, Senior Engineer, NREL, "The New FAST.Farm: Wind Farm Design & Analysis." Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., E6 4022.

NEW - CBB Biomedical Discussion Group seminar, "A Positive Health Approach to Older People with Memory Problems and Their Family Caregivers” featuring Dr. Yvonne Yueh-Feng Lu, Associate Professor School of Nursing Indiana University, Thursday September 20, 10:30 a.m., EC4-2101a. Register.

R&T Charity Tailgate Lunch Thursday, September 20, 11:30 a.m., Techtown.

Grimm Lecture 2018: When would Capitalism end? Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m., CIGI Auditorium, Balsillie School of International Affairs. 

2018 Cheriton Research Symposium, presentations by David R. Cheriton, Cheriton Faculty Fellows and grad student poster presentations, Friday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., DC 1302.

President's Lecture featuring Dominic Barton in Conversation: Dimensions of Global Disruption, Friday, September 21, 9:30 a.m., Humanities Theatre. Registration required.

Café-rencontre – Professor Mélinda Caron, Université TÉLUQ, Friday September 21, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., PAS 2432.

PhD oral defences

Physics & Astronomy. Adrian Vantyghem, "An ALMA View of Molecular Gas in Brightest Cluster Galaxies." Supervisor, Brian McNamara. On deposit in the Science graduate office, PHY 2013. Oral defence Friday, September 14, 12:30 p.m., B1 266.

Statistics and Actuarial Science. Saisai Zhang, "Optimal Retirement Planning: Scenario Generation, Preferences, and Objectives." Supervisors, Mary Hardy, David Saunders. Thesis available from MGO - mgo@uwaterloo.ca. Oral defence Friday, September 14, 1:00 p.m., M3 3001.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Ahmed Ashoor, "Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting Surfaces." Supervisor, Omar Ramahi. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Friday, September 14, 1:30 p.m., EIT 3142.

Electrical & Computer Engineering. Ali Albishi, "Ultrasensitive Microwave Near-Field Sensors for Detection, Imaging, and Characterization." Supervisor, Omar Ramahi. On display in the Engineering graduate office, E7 7402. Oral defence Monday, September 17, 1:00 p.m., EIT 3142.