The instructors, professors and graduate students highlighted below have demonstrated a commitment to student learning. Click on a name to read about their teaching strengths and achievements!
Tiffany Bayley - Management Sciences
During her time as a PhD student, Tiffany Bayley was frequently recognized by students for her dedication and preparedness as a teaching assistant. She received a 2010 department award for her performance as a teaching assistant, a 2011 Sandford Fleming Teaching Assistant Award, and a 2016 Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student.
David Brush - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor David Brush of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been teaching and mentoring undergraduate students for over ten years. He has taught a breadth of foundation core courses in the civil and environmental engineering discipline and basic engineering courses in electrical circuits. While he has taught at all levels in the undergraduate program, Professor Brush has a wealth of experience and success in motivating, fostering development in, and coaching success in first year students. His contributions to individual students in the UAE program, both at our UAE campus and at our main campus are particularly noteworthy. In recognition for his contributions to undergraduate students both in and out of the classroom, Professor Brush was honoured with a 2012 Teaching Excellence Award. Students also awarded him the inaugural EngSoc Teaching Excellence Award in fall 2014.
Sarah Gunawan - School of Architecture
An adjunct instructor in the Architecture Studies program, Sarah Gunawan is in the early stages of her teaching career. But while still a student in the Master of Architecture program, Gunawan proved to be an exceptional force in the design studio through her role as a teaching assistant. Gunawan was known for encouraging deep engagement of students with design concepts while encouraging them to think critically. Gunawan is an inspiration not only in her commitment to supporting students, but also in her incredible enthusiasm and service to the school and to the lives of people in the Waterloo Architecture community. In recognition of her contributions to undergraduate students, Gunawan was twice awarded the Award for Teaching Assistantship in Architecture; first in 2015 and again 2016.
Keith Hipel - Systems Design Engineering
Professor Keith Hipel of Systems Design Engineering has been teaching and mentoring at all levels for the better part of four decades. He has successfully brought the findings of his research on game theory, conflict, and optimization into a unique undergraduate course, Conflict Analysis, and into three textbooks. His significant contribution as a mentor for his students has been recognized in the university Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision. Professor Hipel is also the recipient of a University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award and the IEEE Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Most recently, Professor Hipel was recognized for his longstanding record of teaching excellence with a Teaching Excellence Award.
Carol Hulls - Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Carol Hulls has been teaching Waterloo Engineering students for over 15 years. During this time, she has proven herself to be an active and engaged educator who tirelessly works to enhance student learning. Hulls uses experiential learning in her classes, as well as other innovative techniques. She says that her goal is always to help develop her students as "innovative engineers, willing to try new approaches and learn from failure to make a better design." Her efforts have contributed to the development of the Engineering IDEAS Clinic, which will bring a new degree of depth and hands-on experience to all Engineering programs. Hulls was formally recognized in 2016 with a STLHE Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning and with a Sandford Fleming Foundation / Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award.
Omar Ramahi - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Omar Ramahi is an active faculty member who maintains a dynamic research program while developing an impressive teaching reputation. Students praise his mentorship, his sociable and personable nature and his ability to foster student engagement. He adopts a mentoring role, providing support, encouragement and even career counseling to his students. Professor Ramahi was honoured in 2004 with a Pi Tau Sigma Purple Cam Shaft Award in recognition of his students’ appreciation of his challenging, yet fair, classes, and was selected for a 2011 Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, which recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in supervising graduate students.
Arash Shahi - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Since joining the University of Waterloo as an undergraduate student in 2002, Arash Shahi has developed strength in teaching through his contributions as a teaching assistant, mentor and instructor. Shahi has also been active with the Centre for Teaching Excellence, where he instructed and mentored other graduate students in developing their own teaching abilities in a broad range of areas. His students consistently praise his strength in answering questions and supportive approach. Shahi’s teaching abilities were formally recognized with a 2012 Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student based on his history of teaching assistantships and his first term as a course instructor.
Gordon Stubley - Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
For Professor Gordon Stubley, teaching is a way of life not just an occupation. His commitment to teaching, and lifelong learning, permeates almost every aspect of his life. His dedication and commitment to teaching excellence has long been recognized by his students and peers. Professor Stubley served as Engineering's inaugural Associate Dean, Teaching (2012-2018). For his ongoing commitment to teaching, Professor Stubley has been awarded a UW Distinguished Teacher Award (2009), the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Award for Teaching Excellence (2012), and in 2017 he was chosen by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a 3M National Teaching Fellow.
David Wang - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor David Wang of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been teaching since 1988. Through commitment in the classroom, innovative approaches, and extensive coaching of student project work, Professor Wang makes a significant impact in his teaching of challenging control theory and engineering math concepts. A successful entrepreneur, he also recognizes the complete range of professional skills our students require and has been instrumental in promoting the teaching and development of these skills. In his role as the Teaching Quality Coordinator for Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Wang promotes effective teaching practices amongst his colleagues. In recognition of his teaching over a range of technical and professional subjects and for his leadership in engineering education, Professor Wang was awarded a 2012 Teaching Excellence Award.