Professors awarded new Canada Research Chairs

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Waterloo Engineering faculty members will advance their work through inaugural Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs.  

Catherine Burns, a systems design engineering professor, is the new Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Human Factors in Healthcare Systems. 

Burns, who is the executive director of the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, will receive $1.4 million over seven years to develop human-centred approaches to the design and implementation of advanced health care technologies.

Monica Emelko, a civil and environmental engineering professor, is the first Canada Research Chair in Water Science, Technology and Policy.

She will be awarded $1.4 million over seven years for research into ensuring water security in Canada.  

Burns and Emelko were among nine across the Waterloo campus named new or renewing chairs in a December 16 announcement by the federal government, which marked the 20th anniversary of the CRC program.  [Full story]