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President Feridun Hamdullahpur

Feridun Hamdullahpur was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo on March 11, 2011.

A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Hamdullahpur earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia.


Throughout his career spanning over 35 years, Dr. Hamdullahpur has been an active researcher in thermo-fluids and energy engineering, a passionate teacher and an academic administrator. He has authored hundreds of scientific and academic publications and supervised over 50 graduate students.  He was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June, 2014.

President Hamdullahpur’s central motivation is ensuring that the impact of University education, research and scholarship on our broader society is maximized through constant reform and innovation in the higher education sector. He has been a strong advocate and leader for the value of basic research and its influence on education, economy and prosperity.

His current focus at the University of Waterloo is expanding its lead in innovation, co-operative education, research and entrepreneurship.  For the last 23 consecutive years, the last four under Feridun’s leadership, the University of Waterloo has been ranked Canada’s Most Innovative University. In 2014, Waterloo was named Best Overall University in Canada.

Feridun is proud to serve as chair of the U15 group of Canada's research-intensive universities, and serves as vice-chair of the world-leading Waterloo Global Science Initiative.

In acknowledgement of President Hamdullahpur’s leadership in education and innovation, he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January, 2013.

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