Electrical and computer engineering professors, Ladan Tahvildari and Alfred Yu, elected as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Monday, May 6, 2024

Today, fifty-four new Fellows were elected to the Canadian Academy of Engineering - two of those new Fellows are University of Waterloo electrical and computer engineering professors – professors Ladan Tahvildari and Alfred Yu.

Professor Tahvildari is a global expert in software quality addressing challenging problems related to the architecture, security, and testing of dependable systems. She pioneers techniques and tools that aid with the construction, analysis, and maintenance of large-scale software systems, leading the way to outsmarting cybersecurity threats. By creating strategic linkages between academia and industry, she is cultivating and strengthening Canada’s talent in the field. Elected twice, for two consecutive terms, Tahvildari is the first woman and second Canadian, to serve as Chair of the IEEE CS Technical Community on Software Engineering – the world's largest professional organization devoted to computer science.

Ladan Tahvildari

Professor Yu is internationally renowned as an outstanding innovator and leader in next-generation ultrasonics. He is a pioneer of high-frame-rate ultrasound imaging technology that has transformed clinical ultrasound scanners and cardiovascular diagnostics. His seminal discoveries in therapeutic ultrasound have established the mechanistic basis of ultrasound-mediated drug delivery. Dr. Yu’s achievements and impact have been recognized by many prestigious prizes, including NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowship, IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award, Frederic Lizzi Award, and Ontario Early Researcher Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE, EIC, and AIUM. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control.

Professor Alfred Yu

The Induction Ceremony is scheduled for May 28, 2024, in London, Ontario.

The Academy's President, Dr. Soheil Asgarpour commented: “Over the past 37 years, Fellows of the Academy have provided engineering leadership in the fields of education, infrastructure, innovation, energy, transportation, and many more. New Fellows have been selected for their outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada and around the world and for their service as role models in their fields and to their communities.”

The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) is the national institution through which individuals, who have made outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada, provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada and to Canadians. The CAE is an independent, self-governing, and non-profit organization established in 1987. Fellows of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service. Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering are committed to ensuring that Canada’s engineering expertise and experience are applied to the benefit of all Canadians.

Congratulations Ladan and Alfred!