Profs receive top Ontario engineering prizes

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Systems design engineering professors Dr. John McPhee and Dr. Alexander Wong have been awarded top prizes from Ontario’s leading engineering professional society.

The Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA), released by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) annually, recognize engineers who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and communities.

Dr. John McPhee
McPhee, a Canada Research Chair in Biomechatronic Systems Dynamics, is the 2023 recipient of the OPEA Gold Medal, the society’s highest honour. He is the first recipient of this award from the University of Waterloo in over 33 years.  

Dr. John McPhee is the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers' 2023 Gold Medal recipient.

As Canada’s leading expert in system dynamics, he pioneered the mathematical development of graph-theoretic modelling and its application to the unified dynamics of multidisciplinary physical systems. His ground-breaking graph-theoretic methods have been commercialized by Maplesoft and licensed to thousands of users worldwide. 

Applications of McPhee’s award-winning work range from stroke rehabilitation robots to sports engineering to autonomous vehicles to surgical planning.

Dr. Alexander Wong
Wong, a Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging, is the 2023 recipient of the OPEA Engineering Medal – Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Alexander Wong is the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers' 2023 Engineering Medal - Entrepreneurship recipient. 

Wong is internationally recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to operational artificial intelligence and computational medical imaging. A prolific innovator, his creative work in computational medical imaging has led to the invention of a new form of MRI designed for cancer detection, the first blood-flow imaging system for observing arterial and venous flow from a distance, and a spectral light-field fusion microscope without lenses.

Most recently, Wong co-founded DarwinAI, a leading-edge AI company that accelerates deep learning development through explainable AI.

OSPE will acknowledge McPhee and Wong during its OPEA Gala in Toronto in November.