When you think of a leading university researcher, who do you picture?
In your mind’s eye, what does an engineer, a computer scientist, a physicist look like? From emerging talents in frontier disciplines like human-machine interaction to trailblazers in male-dominated fields including metallurgy and physics, these Waterloo women represent a sample of change-makers across our campus, with a shared passion for education and research.
Like the social media campaign, #ilooklikeanengineer, which went viral earlier this year when female engineers around the world posted selfies that challenged gender stereotypes, this feature offers an opportunity to explore our unconscious biases. It’s also a chance to celebrate the impact of extraordinary Waterloo researchers, leaders and scholars.
Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
While her journey wasn’t always easy, Waterloo’s first female dean of Engineering has enjoyed professional success beyond her dreams
Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
This highly regarded physiologist investigates ways to prevent muscle loss in patients, hoping to increase survival rates and improve quality of life
Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Balsillie School of International Affairs
The world turns to this widely-published expert for insights into today’s tough political and economical challenges
Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, School of Optometry and Vision Science
While investigating ways to diagnose disease through the eye, this physicist is also dedicated to removing barriers for women in academia
Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
With a career marked by many firsts, Hansson excelled in industry and academia in a field traditionally dominated by men
Photo credit: One for the Wall