Waterloo researchers continue to shine as unconventional leaders and problem-solvers for some of the world’s pressing issues. From research projects in geothermal energy and storage, security and cryptography to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the environment, the breadth of our researchers’ work is unmatched.   

Recently, Waterloo researchers were awarded more than $51.2 million to support their research projects.  

The announcement was made by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport and Quebec Lieutenant, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry at l’Université de Montréal. 

"When we invest in science and innovation, we are investing in our well-being and prosperity,” Rodriquez says. “Our researchers continue to distinguish themselves internationally and, by supporting them, we are helping them to continue to improve our quality of life, fight climate change and inspire the next generation of researchers across the country and around the world.”  

Six Waterloo researchers will receive funding through the Innovation Fund under the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The CFI is a non-profit corporation that invests in research infrastructure at Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions. 

Scott HopkinsScott Hopkins  

Associate Professor, Chemistry 

$10,006,500 

Project title: A Canadian Free Electron Laser 

The Canadian Free Electron Laser (FEL) project will be getting $10 million in funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to put towards the $50+ million facility to be built on the Waterloo Campus. The facility will enable fundamental science concerned with monitoring energy flow through molecules and materials, with applications in light harvesting and photo-control of molecular properties. New research in chemical, spatial and temporal mapping of living biological materials will also become possible. The FEL will be an important tool for nanotechnology researchers who are interested in probing nanostructured materials and developing, for example, new sensors, as well as investigators who are interested in exploring the effects of radiation on molecules, materials and biological systems.

Dipanjan Basu

Dipanjan Basu  

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

$2,723,302 

Project title: Geothermal Energy and Energy Geo-storage Research Laboratory 

 

Kaan Erkorkmaz

Kaan Erkorkmaz 

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering 

$6,458,020 

Project title: Canadian Technology Accelerator for Digital Transformation of Manufacturing (CAN-DX) 

 

Ian Goldberg

Ian Goldberg  

Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science 

$800,000 

Project title: UPSCOPE: Understanding Privacy, Security, and Cryptography in Online and Physical Environments 

 

Christopher Hudson

Christopher Hudson and Elizabeth Irving  

School of Optometry and Vision Science 

$2,362,150  

Project title: Canadian Vision Imaging Center (CVIC)  

Elizabeth Irving

 

Hamid Jahed

Hamid Jahed  

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering 

$8,123,420 

Project title: Canadian Alliance in Cold Spray Technology (CACST) 

 

Nine Waterloo researchers have been named new or renewing Canada Research Chairs (CRC): (cycle 2022-2). The CRC program invests up to $311 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences. 

Talena Atfield  

Canada Research Chair in Tentewatenikonhra'khánion (We Will Put Our Minds Together) — *New 

Andrew Bauer 

Canada Research Chair in Taxation, Governance and Risk — *Renewed 

Zahid Butt 

Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Research for Pandemic Preparedness — *New 

Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens  

Canada Research Chair in Gait and Neurodegeneration — *New 

Chris Eliasmith 

Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Neuroscience — *Renewed 

Laura Hug 

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology — *Renewed 

Aukosh Jagannath   

Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Foundations of Data Science — *New 

Luis Ricardez-Sandoval 

Canada Research Chair in Multiscale Modelling and Process Systems — *Renewed 

Ruodu Wang  

Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Risk Management — *New 


Two Waterloo researchers will receive additional funding under the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The John R. Evans Leaders Fund helps institutions attract and retain researchers and provides support for the Canada Research Chairs program.  

Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens 

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology 

$100,000 

Project title: Can Gait Identify and Predict Brain Health? 

Ruodu Wang 

Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science 

$80,000 

Project title: Quantitative Risk Management Lab 


An additional 28 Waterloo researchers will receive more than $13.7 million in Alliance grants. Alliance grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. These grants support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada. 

Dayan Ban 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Near-Infrared Micro-Light Emitting Diodes for Biomedical Applications 

$120,000 

Jonathan Baugh 

Professor, Faculty of Science 

Project title: Next-Generation Photonic Source to Enable Quantum Remote Sensing and Communications 

$1,481,200 

Timothy Brecht 

Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science 

Project title: Real-Time Hockey-Analytics Using Puck and Player Tracking Data 

$59,929 

Cliff Butcher 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Characterization and Modelling of an Advanced 7xxx-Series Aluminum Alloy in Hot Forming for Enhanced Lightweighting and Crash Safety 

$167,692 

Naveen Chandrashekar 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Design, Development and Evaluation of Smart Grip Force Monitoring Device for Industrial Use 

$64,567 

C. Perry Chou 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Novel Strain Engineering and Bioprocessing Strategies for Microbial Production of Heme and Its Porphyrin Precursors 

$202,500 

David Del Rey Fernandez 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Mathematics 

Project title: Provably Stable Reduced Basis Methods 

$25,000 

David Del Rey Fernandez 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Mathematics 

Project title: Entropy Stable and Asymptotic Preserving Discretizations of Kinetic Models for Fluid Flow Problems 

$97,998 

Goretty Maria Dias 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment 

Project title: Decision Support Tool to Characterize the Energy Use, Impacts and Profitability of Biofertilizers and Alternative Technologies in Controlled Environment Agriculture 

$35,000 

Ayman El-Hag 

Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: A Drone-based Inspection System for Outdoor Insulators 

$25,000 

Paul Fieguth 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: High-Resolution Projector-Camera and LED-Wall Display Calibration 

$80,000 

Adrian Gerlich 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Optimization of Filler Wire and Post-Weld Treatment in AHSS Laser Welds 

$174,600 

Adrian Gerlich 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: High Speed Droplet Transfer and Feedback Control in Arc Welding 

$265,667 

Carl Haas 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Masonry, Masons and Machines: Leveraging Augmented Reality to Improve Productivity, Health and Safety Outcomes 

$320,000 

Carl Haas 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Digitization and Asset Information Modeling to Support Planning for Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning 

$212,295 

Roland Hall 

Professor, Faculty of Science 

Project title: 'Pre-release' Baselines for Compounds of concern in Lakes of the Peace-Athabasca Delta Before Treated Oil Sands Process Water is Discharged to the Athabasca River 

$59,288 

Jean-Pierre Hickey 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Clustering Dynamics of Particles on Our Turbulent Waterways 

$25,000 

Trevor Hrynyk 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Toward Hybrid GFRP/FRC Construction for Sustainable Next Generation Concrete Infrastructure 

$106,200 

Soo Jeon 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Realtime Reinforcement Learning for Mechatronic Systems with Non-Stationary Behaviors 

$25,000 

Kunho Eugene Kim 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Cost effective Retrofit of Ageing Concrete Bridge Components Using Iron-based Shape Memory Alloy (Fe-SMA) Composites 

$62,000 

Jan Kycia 

Professor, Faculty of Science 

Project title: Low Temperature Material Characterization of Superconducting Devices for Quantum Computing 

$1,113,491 

Yuning Li 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Development of Solid Electrolytes Based on Novel Oxirane-based Polymers 

$270,000 

Juewen Liu 

Professor, Faculty of Science 

Project title: Aptamer-based Biosensors for Monitoring Carbamazepine, A Drug with a Narrow Therapeutic Window 

$48,000 

Adrian Lupascu 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science 

Project title: Development of a Scalable Superconducting Quantum Computing Platform Based on Fluxonium Qubits 

$1,137,724 

Sushanta Mitra 

Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: High Throughput Ferrofluid Encapsulation using Magnet 

$25,000 

Giovanni Montesano 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Advanced Structural Analysis Toolchain to Support the Development of Lightweight Composite Airframes for High-speed Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles 

$80,000 

Michael Reimer 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Portable Semiconductor Nanowire Quantum Sensors with Enhanced Efficiency and Timing Resolution 

$1,500,000 

Rebecca Rooney 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science 

Project title: Restoring Urban Meadow: The Meadoway 

$772,235 

Ehsan Toyserkani 

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing 2.0 (HI-AM 2.0): Capitalizing on Prior Achievements and Exploring New Frontiers in Directed Energy Deposition Processes 

$3,498,073 

James Tung 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Foot-based Sensor Fusion for Ambulatory Gait Analysis for Occupational Health and Safety 

$30,000 

Lan Wei 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering 

Project title: Towards Large-scale Spin Qubit Quantum Computers: Simulation, Modeling and Experiment 

$1,690,122 


Thirteen Waterloo researchers will also receive funding through 2023 Insight Development Grants, totaling more than $650,000. Insight Development Grants support research in its early stages and enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and ideas. Funding is available to both emerging scholars and established scholars for research initiatives of up to two years. 

Nazli Akhtari 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts 

Project title: Archival Animations in the Global Iranian Disapora 

$72,080 

Katherine Bruce-Lockhart 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts 

Project title: Beyond the Mandela Rule: Global Governance, Prisoners’ Rights, and “Universal” Prision Rules from the 19th-21st Centuries 

$62,461 

Ada Hurst & Frank Safayeni 

Continuing Lecturer and Professor, Faculty of Engineering  

Project title: Understanding Collaborative Design Problem Framing by Novice Engineers: Implications for Engineering Design Education 

$42,418 

Adan Jerreat-Poole 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts 

Project title: Disabled Feminists and Digital Storytelling: Zine-Making Pandemic Lives 

$21,330 

Samuel Johnson 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts 

Project title: Mental Task Management Theory 

$62,989 

Logan McDonald 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts 

Project title: Environmental Scan of Indigenous Artists in Archives  

$75,000 

Katherine Misener 

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science 

Project title: Disrupting the Norms of Community Sport Through Co-Participation of Parents and Children 

$74,974 

Juan Moreno-Cruz 

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Environment  

Project title: The Role of Narratives on Sustainable Food Consumption 

$72,928 

Elizabeth Nilsen and Edith Law 

Professor, Faculty of Arts and Associate Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science 

Project title: Associations Between Children’s Characteristics and Their Perceptions of, Strategies Toward, and Learning from Teachable Robots 

$66,461 

Manaal Fahim Syed 

Assistant Professor, Renison University College 

Project title: Intergenerationality in the COVID-19 Crisis: Evolving Definitions and Relations Between Older and Younger Generations in Immigrant Families and Society 

$61,469 

Keisuke Teeple 

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts 

Project title: Financial Market Tatonnement  

$44,820