Professor receives outstanding engineer recognition

Friday, September 11, 2020

John Yeow, a Waterloo Engineering faculty member and the Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nanodevices, has been honoured with IEEE Canada’s Outstanding Engineer Award for 2020.

He was recognized for “his significant contributions to the research & development and commercialization of micro/nanodevices for medical and

John Yeow, systems design professor
industrial applications.”

Yeow, a systems design engineering professor who is cross-appointed to mechanical and mechatronics engineering, and electrical and computer engineering, is also the director of the University’s Advanced Micro and Nanodevice Lab.

John Yeow received IEEE Canada's Outstanding Engineering Award  

He is currently developing nanodevices and highly selective sensors that will help create new medical instruments for diagnosing and treating disease. These include MEMS optical scanner for endoscopic optical coherence tomographic imaging, micromirror devices for genetic microarray reading and tissue imaging, robotics for micromanipulations of MEMS components, carbon nanotube-based sensors for biomedical applications, and lab-on-a-chip designs.

Yeow's own company, ARTsensing Inc., has commercialized the world’s first transparent and flexible radiation detector that measures ionizing radiation delivered to cancer patients during treatment.

This year, 11 outstanding Canadian engineers, scientists and technologists were honoured by IEEE Canada for their exemplary contributions during the annual IEEE Canada conference held online last month.