Members have reached a high level of achievement at an early stage of their careers. They represent the emerging generation of scholars and leaders in science and the arts in the country. Membership is for seven years.

"Waterloo is home to researchers making groundbreaking discoveries at all stages of their careers," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "The University is pleased to congratulate these talented individuals on this deserved recognition."

The Waterloo researchers among the incoming members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists are:

Zhongwei Chen, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

  • Professor Chen is developing new materials that make batteries and fuel cells smaller, lighter and longer-lasting. His patented technology for silicon-based lithium-ion batteries will enable smartphones and other electronic devices to last 40 to 60 per cent longer between charges and electric cars to drive 500 kilometers farther. Professor Chen is Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Clean Energy.

John Turri, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts

  • Professor Turri is an international leader in experimental philosophy, an exciting new field of research at the intersection of traditional philosophy and cognitive science, and director of the Philosophical Science Lab. His research has advanced philosophical and scientific understanding of concepts central to social cognition, including knowledge, communication and agency.

Tze Wei (John) Yeow, Department of Systems Design Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

  • John Yeow is testing micro and biomedical nanodevices with highly selective sensors that are able to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer. He is working with a cancer research centre to find ways to improve radiation therapy. He is Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nanodevices and is a member of the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology.

There were 80 new members elected today. The induction ceremony will take place Friday, November 18 in Kingston, Ontario.

The primary objective of the RSC is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences.  To learn more about the Royal Society of Canada, please visit the website.

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