Ed Jernigan

Professor Emeritus, Honorary Member of the University
Ed Jernigan


Ed joined Waterloo in 1976 after completing his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and PhD degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor and founding director of the Bachelor of Knowledge Integration program and former chair of the Department of Systems Design Engineering.

A dedicated teacher, Ed has been recognized with both the Distinguished Teacher Award of the University of Waterloo and the Teaching Excellence Award for the Faculty of Engineering.

From 1984 to 2015 Ed served as the Program Director for the Shad summer enrichment program, living in residence with 48 high school students during the month of July. In 2004 he created a university-wide enrichment program for high school students of exceptional potential, Waterloo Unlimited, which he directed until the program ended in 2017.

In 2019, Ed was designated Honorary Member of the University in recognition and thanks for his four decades of impactful service in teaching and administration, and for his work to break down disciplinary boundaries. He was a mentor, friend, and inspiration to students and colleagues alike, and his passion is legendary for giving students tools to know the world, and skills to change the world.

Ed has taught INTEG 275: Special Topics: Mathematical Models in Knowledge Integration: Recognizing Patterns Across Disciplines, INTEG 121, Introduction to the Academy: Design and Problem Solving, INTEG 420: Senior Research Project, and INTEG 475: Special Topics in Knowledge Integration: Real World Problem Solving, along with many Systems Design Engineering courses.

He retired in 2016 and continues to be a part of the KI community.

Ed shares the story of how KI was founded: Education by Design: The KI Story