Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision 2007-2008

Keith Hipel - Systems Design Engineering

Dr. Hipel is the founder of the Waterloo-Tottori student exchange program which began in November 1987. One of his first Japanese students describes his Canadian experience and the fact that Dr. Hipel was so supportive to him and the other 90 Japanese students that participated in this program. “Dr. Hipel’s support was not limited to academic and research; he took the students to his home and on outings on the weekend.” This support helped the students “overcome their frustrations due to the language barrier and cultural differences. Many of these Japanese students became international engineers”.

Other students describe Dr. Hipel’s supervisory qualities as always scheduling weekly meetings, setting goals in a timely manner, and encouraging students to attend conferences. He pays attention to the overall welfare of his graduate students. He has supervised 21 PhD and 40 master’s students.

Dr. Hipel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)(1998) and received a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship (2001). His list of awards and honours is impressive.

“All of Dr. Hipel’s students now hold responsible positions in industry, universities or government organizations.”

Mary Thompson - Statistics and Actuarial Science

All of Dr. Mary Thompson’s students talk about her encouragement to think outside the box and her guidance of students so that their research experience would be successful. “I learned in my interaction with Mary that when faced with a problem think positively – every problem has a solution; our mission is to find/discover that solution!”

Dr. Thompson was always “willing to help and guide not only her own students, but also students from her colleagues and students from other Departments as well.” She would communicate her ideas so that they were understandable. She always attended the presentations of her students and encouraged their career pursuits.

Dr. Thompson is an “outstanding researcher and has won many prestigious awards and honours, including her recent election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and her receipt of the Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada.”

Mary Thompson has served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the Faculty of Mathematics and as Chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.

“Mary Thompson’s own superb research skills along with her quiet, modest manner, the care she shows for students and her close attention to detail meant that many students in the Department and across the University have benefited from her supervision.”


All winners of the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision