Thank you to our world-class educators and researchers for their work and dedication.

The tremendous work of our educators and our researchers is a continuous reminder to the world that Waterloo is home to innovators who have an unwavering passion for research and teaching. Our institution grows stronger every day as we take on global challenges through research and training our next generation of leaders and turn those challenges into opportunities.

Recipients of Teaching Awards

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Marcus Abramovitch
Chemistry
- Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, University of Waterloo

Christopher Bachmann
Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Faculty of Engineering | Sandford Fleming Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering

Steven Balaban 
School of Accounting and Finance
- Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Waterloo

Kankar Bhattacharya 
Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Apratim Chakraborty 
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
- Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, University of Waterloo

James Barnett
School of Accounting and Finance
- L.S. Rosen Outstanding Educator Award, Canadian Accounting Academic Association

Robin Cohen
Cheriton School of Computer Science
- Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Waterloo

Bruce Dadey
English Language and Literature
- Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Arts

Samir Elhedhli
Management Sciences
- Distinguished Educator Award, Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Society

Susan Elliott
Geography and Environmental Management
- Michelle Harkness Mentorship Award, Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen)

Heidi Fernandes
School of Pharmacy
- Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, University of Waterloo

Paul Fieguth
Systems Design Engineering
- Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Waterloo

David Ha
School of Accounting and Finance
- Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Arts

Andrew Houston
Communication Arts
- Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Waterloo

Patricia Hrynchak
School of Optometry and Vision Science
- Diplomate of Optometric Education, American Academy of Optometry

Marc Hurwitz
Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business
- Sandford Fleming Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering

Natalie Hutchings
School of Optometry and Vision Science
- Excellence in Science Teaching Award, Faculty of Science

Craig Janes
School of Public Health and Health Systems
- Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research

Suzanne Kearns
Geography and Environmental Management
- Elsie MacGill Award for Women in Aviation and Aerospace – Education Category, Northern Lights Aero Foundation

Brenda Lee
Physics and Astronomy
- 2019 Award for Teaching Excellence, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance

Scott Leatherdale
School of Public Health and Health Systems
- Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Andrew Levitt
School of Architecture
- Sandford Fleming Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering

Tamara Maciel
Kinesiology
- Applied Health Sciences Teaching Award, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

Robert Mann
Physics and Astronomy
- Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics, Canadian Association of Physicists

Sarah McCrackin
Psychology
- Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Arts
- Certificate in University Teaching Award, University of Waterloo

Colleen McMillan
School of Social Work -- Renison University College
- Excellence in Online Teaching Award, University of Waterloo

Marcel Pinheiro
Biology
- Excellence in Science Teaching Award, Faculty of Science

Mark Servos
Biology
- Stephen J. Klaine Environmental Education Award, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Diana Skrzydlo
Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
- Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching, Faculty of Mathematics

Philippe Van Cappellen
Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Edward Vrscay
Applied Mathematics
- Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching, Faculty of Mathematics

Caelan Wang
Combinatorics and Optimization
- Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, University of Waterloo

Paul Wehr
Psychology
- Excellence in Online Course Design Award, University of Waterloo

 

Recipients of Research Awards

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Niayesh Afshordi
Physics and Astronomy/Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics
- 2019 Buchalter Cosmology first place Prize (shared with Jahed Abedi from Albert Einstein Institute), Buchalter Research Foundation

Samer Al-Kiswany
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Michael Barnett-Cowan
Kinesiology
- Ontario Early Researcher, Government of Ontario

Nandita Basu
Civil & Environmental Engineering/Earth and Environmental Science/Water Insitute
- Member, Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
-University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Shai Ben-David
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- CIFAR AI Chair, CIFAR

Hilary Bergsieker
Psychology
- Women of the Year - STEAM award, K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year

James G. Blight
History/Balsillie School of International Affairs
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Raouf Boutaba
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Phelim Boyle
Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Avery Broderick
Physics and Astronomy
- 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, Breakthrough Prize Board
- 2020 Einstein Medal, Albert Einstein Society
- Diamond Achievement Award, National Science Foundation
- Bruno Rossi Prize, American Astronomical Society
- American Ingenuity Award, Smithsonian Institute
- 2019 Breakthrough of the Year, Science AAAS
- 2019 Breakthrough of the Year, Physics Today

Zhongwei Chen
Chemical Engineering
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
- Highly Cited Researcher (Cross-Field), Clarivate Analytics

Charlie Clarke
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- ACM SIGIR Test of Time Award, Association for Computing Machinery - Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval

Richard Cook
Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
- Mathematics Faculty Research Chair, Faculty of Mathematics

Andrew Cooper
Political Science
- Distinguished Scholar Award, International Studies Association (ISA) - Diplomatic Studies Section

Gordon Cormack
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- ACM SIGIR Test of Time Award, Association for Computing Machinery - Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval

David Correa
School of Architecture
- Jury’s Award for Wood Innovation, Canada Wood Council

Paul Craig
Biology
- Ontario Early Researcher, Government of Ontario

Vic Diciccio
Institute for Computer Research
- Honorary Member, University of Waterloo

Werner Dietl
Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Early Researcher Award, Government of Ontario

Elizabeth English
School of Architecture
- Architecture Master Prize Product Design Award, Expo 2020 Dubai's Global Best Practice Programme

Geoffrey Fong
Psychology
- Medal of Honour, Health Research Foundation
- Award for Distinguished Service in Cancer Research, Canadian Cancer Research Alliance
- Highly Cited Researcher (Social Sciences), Clarivate Analytics

Steve Fortin
School of Accounting and Finance
- Fellow, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Mario Ghossoub
Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
- Fellow, Society of Actuaries

Zinaida Gimpelevich
Germanic & Slavic Studies
- Taylor & Francis book prize, Canadian Association of Slavists/Taylor & Francis

Michel Gingras
Physics and Astronomy
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Ian Goldberg
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science/Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute
- USENIX Security Test of Time Award, USENIX Association

David Gosset
Combinatorics and Optimization/Institute for Quantum Computing
- CIFAR Fellow in Quantum Information Science, CIFAR

Maura R. Grossman
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- National Leader in eDiscovery, Who's Who Legal
- Global Leader in eDiscovery, Who's Who Legal

Igor Grossmann
Psychology, Games Institute, Institute for Complexity & Innovation
- Joseph B. Gittler Award, American Psychological Foundation

Carl Haas
Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Computing in Civil Engineering Award, American Society of Civil Engineers
- Alan Russell Award, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Heather Hall
School of Environment, Enterprise and Development/Economic Development and Innovation Program
- Ontario Early Researcher, Government of Ontario

David Hammond
School of Public Health and Health Systems
- Highly Cited Researcher (Social Sciences), Clarivate Analytics

Keith Hipel
Systems Design Engineering
- 2019 Chinese Friendship Medal, Government of the People’s Republic of China
- 2019 Killam Prize in Engineering, Canada Council for the Arts/Killam Trusts
- 2019 Jiangsu specially Recruited Foreign Expert Certificate, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Science and Technology

Pin-Han Ho
Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Fellow, IEEE

Jesse Hoey
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science/Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute
- Outstanding Recent Contribution in Social Psychology Award, American Sociological Association’s Social Psychology Section

Thomas Homer-Dixon
Faculty of Environment
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Susan Horton
School of Public Health and Health Systems, Economics
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Peter Huck
Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Mirabelle Huynh
Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
- Fellow, Society of Actuaries

Nadine Ibrahim
Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Arbor Award, University of Toronto
- 27 Emerging Leader Nominees in Canada, Women's Infrastructure Network
- Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering, University of Waterloo

K. Rajibul Islam
Physics and Astronomy/Institute for Quantum Computing
- Early Researcher Award, Government of Ontario

Lyndon Jones
School of Optometry/Centre for Ocular Research & Education
- BCLA Medal, British Contact Lens Associate 
- Lester Janoff Cornea and Contact Lens Memorial Award, AOCLE
- Peter Abel Award, Association of German Contact Lenses-Specialists and Optometrists (VDCO)

Fakhri Karray
Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada
- Fellow, IEEE

Heather Keller
Kinesiology, Research Institute for Aging
- Khursheed Jeejeebhoy Award for Best Application of Clinical Nutrition Research Findings to Clinical Practice, Canadian Nutrition Society

Allison Kelly
Psychology/Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment 
- Early Researcher Award, Government of Ontario

Matt Kennedy
Pure Mathematics
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Florian Kerschbaum
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science/Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute
- Distinguished Member, Association for Computing Machinery

Srinivasan Keshav
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Sharon Kirkpatrick
School of Public Health and Health Systems
- Highly Cited Researcher (Agricultural Sciences), Clarivate Analytics

Raymond Laflamme
Physics and Astronomy/Institute for Quantum Computing
- Order of Canada, Governor General

Kate Larson
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Scott Leatherdal
School of Public Health and Health Systems
- Fellow, American Academy of Health Behavior

Jonathan Li
Geography and Environmental Management/Systems Design Engineering/ Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute
- Outstanding Achievement Award in Mobile Mapping Technology, Joint ISPRS/IAG/FIG/ION Committee, The 11th International Conference on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT 2019)

Raafat Mansour
Electrical and Computer Engineering
- A.G.L. McNaughton Award, IEEE Canada

Stuart McGill
Kinesiology
- Member of Order of Canada, Governor General of Canada

John McPhee
Systems Design Engineering
- Medal for Engineering Excellence, Professional Engineers Ontario

Wendy Mitchinson
History
- Jason A. Hannah Medal, Royal Society of Canada

Sushanta Mitra
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering/Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
- ICNMM Prominent Researcher Award, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Katja Mombaur
Systems Design Engineering/Mechancial and Mechatronics Engineering
- Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence, NSERC

Aimée Morrison
English Language and Literature
- Fellow, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Christine Muschik
Physics and Astronomy/IQC
- Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Kevin Musselman
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering/Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
- Early Researcher Award, Government of Ontario

Linda Nazar
Chemistry/Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
- Highly Cited Researcher (Chemistry), Clarivate Analytics
- Highly Cited Researcher (Materials Science), Clarivate Analytics
- 2019 Chemical Institute of Canada Medal, Chemical Institute of Canada

Josh Neufeld
Biology/Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Alexandru Nica
Pure Mathematics
- Simons CRM Professor, The Centre de Recherches Mathematiques

Maria Anna Polak
Civil & Environmental Engineering
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Pascal Poupart
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science/Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute/Vector Institute
- CIFAR AI Chair, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Adam Presslee
School of Accounting and Finance
- Best Early Career Researcher Award, American Accounting Association

Carol Ptacek
Earth and Environmental Sciences/Water Institute
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Pavle Radovanovic
Chemistry/Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
- Keith Laidler Award, Chemical Institute of Canada

Peijun Sang
Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
- Pierre Robillard Award, Statistical Society of Canada

Derek Schipper
Chemistry/Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology/Institute for Polymer Research 
- Ontario Early Researcher, Government of Ontario

Vanessa Schweizer
Knowledge Integration
- Member, Global Young Academy

Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Award of Merit, Federation of Chinese Professionals Ontario Education Foundation
- R.A. Fessenden Silver Medal, IEEE Canada
- Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics

Winfried Siemerling
English Language and Literature
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Cameron Stewart
Pure Mathematics
- ​​​​​Second Inaugural Class of Fellows, Canadian Mathematical Society

Donna Strickland
Physics and Astronomy
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Royal Society of Canada
- Companion of the Order of Canada, Governor General
- Honorary Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Canadian Academy of Engineering
- Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Institute of Physics, UK
- Julio Peláez Prize, Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno Foundation
- George Eastman Medal, University of Rochester
- Rochester Distinguished Scholar, University of Rochester
- Honourary Doctorate, INRS
- Honourary Doctorate, McMaster University
- Honourary Doctorate, Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo
- Golden Plate of Achievement, Academy of Achievement
- Inducted into International Women's Hall of Fame, International Women's Forum

Pearl Sullivan
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
- Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Jessica Thompson
Fine Arts/Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business/Games Institute
- Ontario Early Researcher, Government of Ontario

Susan Tighe
Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Fellow, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

Sarah Tolmie
English Language and Literature
- Griffin Poetry Prize - Canadian Shortlist, The Griffin Trust
- 2019 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song, Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association

Robert Jan van Pelt
School of Architecture
- SSHRC Impact - Connection Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Olga Vechtomova
Management Sciences
- ACM SIGIR Test of Time Award, Association for Computing Machinery - Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval

Daniel Vogel
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Award, CS-Can/Info-Can

Lan Wei
Electrical and Computer Engineering/Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology/Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
- Early Researcher Award, Government of Ontario

David Welch
Political Science/Balsillie School of International Affairs
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Tony Wirjanto
Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
- Curator in Insurance and Asset Management, World Economic Forum

Chris Yakymchuk
Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Ontario Early Researcher, Government of Ontario

John Yeow
Systems Design Engineering
- Fellow, Engineers Canada
- University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Yaoliang Yu
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
- CIFAR AI Chair, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Mu Zhu
Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
- Fellow, American Statistical Association

Cory Zurell
Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Award of Excellence, Consulting Engineers of Ontario

 

Recipients of Service Awards

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Lori Campbell
Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre - St. Paul's
- Leading Women Leading Girls Award, MPP Catherine Fife - Building Communities Recognition Program

David DeVidi
Philosophy/Associate Vice President, Academic  
- Excellence in Service Award, Faculty of Arts

Kaan Erkorkmaz
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
- August Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorship, Technical University of Munich



 

Carolyn Hansson
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
- AIST Howe Memorial Lecture Award, AIST
- ASM/TMS Distinguished Lectureship in Materials and Society

Sharon Kirkpatrick
School of Public Health and Health Systems
- Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Paul Parker
School of Environment, Enterprise and Development/Geography and Environmental Management/Economic Development Program/Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy/Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change 
Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award, Green Communities Canada
- President's Award, Economic Developers Council of Ontario

Valerie Rozon
Psychology
- Excellence in Service Award, Faculty of Arts

Elizabeth Weckman
Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
- Award of Recognition, ASTM International (Committee E05 on Fire Standards)