Keith Hipel, a systems design engineering professor, has been appointed a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences provides advisory and appraisal services on issues stemming from the national economy, social development, and science and technology progress. It is the world's largest research organization with approximately 60,000 researchers working in 114 institutes.
Hipel’s appointment, called academician in China, is the latest of many he’s received throughout his academic career, which began in 1976.
The Waterloo Engineering alumnus, who is coordinator of the Conflict Analysis Group at Waterloo, is a senior fellow for the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a past president of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada.
Hipel was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018. A year later, he was the recipient of a prestigious Killam Prize through the Canada Council for the Arts in recognition of his globally renowned research on the development of modelling tools to break down, analyze and solve complex problems, primarily those involving water resources and the environment.
On campus, he’s received the Faculty of Engineering’s Teaching Excellence Award, the Centre for Teaching Excellence Distinguished Teacher Award, and the University’s Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision.