Carolyn Ren - Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Professor Carolyn Ren has made exceptional contributions to mentoring graduate students, teaching, and research in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. She is currently supervising 11 graduate students and has graduated over 17 master’s and 11 doctoral students in the past 12 years. Dr. Ren also supervised over 20 postdoctoral fellows. Her stellar record of scholarly publications includes over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, 70 conference papers, and 14 book chapters. Most of her published work has her graduate students as co-authors. In 2012, Dr. Ren was named Fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering, a recognition bestowed upon outstanding mechanical engineers who made significant contributions to the society. Later in 2018, in recognition of the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership, Dr. Ren was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada as Member to the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. She also held the Canada Research Chair in Lab-on-a-Chip Technology for 10 years. Dr. Ren’s dedication to graduate supervision is highly regarded by her peers. Her mentoring and care of graduate students extend beyond classrooms and research labs, to readily assist those who need guidance. As one student put it, “... she has offered no less mentoring guidance and assistance to students on non-academic issues than in academics.” Dr. Ren’s former students fondly attribute their career successes, both in academia and industry, to the excellent supervision and training provided by her. The University of Waterloo is fortunate to have Dr. Ren as a mentor, researcher and educator in the Faculty of Engineering.

Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision winners