Keith Hipel, a systems design engineering professor, was recognized with the 2019 China Friendship Award this fall.
The honour is China’s highest recognition bestowed upon foreign experts for “their important contributions to the promotion of China's modernization, friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and foreign countries.”
Hipel has visited China on many occasions as a foreign expert since 1982.
The author of five books and almost 600 academic papers and conference articles, his unique research covers areas including conflict resolution, multiple criteria decision analysis, time series modelling and other decision-making methodologies.
Earlier this year, Hipel, who earned his three degrees at Waterloo before launching his academic career in 1976, was named one of five recipients of the 2019 Killam Prizes through the Canada Council for the Arts. He has been recognized with numerous other prestigious honours over his career including being named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018.