Professor honoured for supervision of grad students

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

A professor at Waterloo Engineering has been recognized for his outstanding supervision of graduate students.

Dr. John Long is one of three campus-wide recipients for 2022-2023 of the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, an annual distinction bestowed by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs in collaboration with the Graduate Student Association.

John Long is a professor of electrical and computer engineering.

John Long is a professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Long is a professor of electrical and computer engineering who holds seven US patents and has published more than 75 journal papers and 136 conference publications, most of which he co-authored with his graduate students.

He has supervised 62 master’s students and 26 doctoral students, is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his research in microchip design and served as founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE RFIC Virtual Journal for eight years.

Long has always promoted independence in his graduate students, while encouraging a culture of student-centric research ownership. Many former students hold high positions in industry and academia.

“I try to give all of my students the resources they need and freedom to pursue their research ideas as far as they can take them,” he said. “This requires patience, being approachable and taking a hands-off approach when managing projects that are running well.”

His mentoring and support have extended well past graduation, with one former graduate student commenting that “I never lost contact with him.”

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