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University Research Chairs

The University of Waterloo owes much of its reputation and stature to the quality of its professors and their scholarly accomplishments. Waterloo recognizes exceptional achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge through the designation 'University Research Chair'.

University Research Chair
A faculty member with the University Research Chair title will receive either an annual stipend of $10,000 or a teaching reduction of one course per year, allocated to the Department/School, for the duration of the Chair appointment. The University Research Chair title and benefits will be relinquished if a Canada Research Chair or other major research chair is awarded. It is anticipated that there will be a limited number of University Research Chairs; at steady state, the intention is to make at most five appointments each year. The number of appointments will be reviewed annually by the Vice-President Academic & Provost in consultation with Deans' Council. A title may be held for up to seven (7) years, with the possibility of a re-nomination.

The selection process is as follows:

  1. A faculty Dean may forward one [Applied Health Sciences, Environmental Studies] or two [Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Science] nominations of CRC-eligible faculty members to the Vice-President Academic & Provost, who will make the final decision.
  2. A nomination must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and short, non-technical description of the nominee's scholarly contributions, together with any other documentation the Dean considers necessary to make a compelling case. The Vice-President Academic & Provost will consult with the President of the Faculty Association before announcing such appointments.


University Research Chair in recognition of exemplary trajectory after the second term of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
A faculty member at the conclusion of the second term as a Tier I Canada Research Chair may also be considered for a University Research Chair. The award recognizes distinguished record of accomplishments and a continued outstanding trajectory of excellence in research and scholarship, as well as research leadership. The successful candidate will receive either an annual stipend of $10,000 or an increase in research workload equivalent to workload associated with teaching one course per year, for the duration of the University Research Chair appointment, with this support provided by the faculty Dean. The University Research Chair title may be held for up to seven (7) years, and is not renewable.

The selection process is as follows:

  1. A faculty Dean may forward nominations for individuals to the Vice-President Research, who will make the final decision.
  2. A nomination must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and short, non-technical description of the nominee's scholarly contributions, together with any other documentation the Dean considers necessary to make a compelling case of exceptional achievement over the term of the Tier 1 Canada Research Chairship as well as an accelerated trajectory in the final years of the Chairship.
     

Current University Research Chairs

Name Department
Year awarded
Chris Bauch Applied Mathematics 2013
Jason Bell Pure Mathematics 2013
Raouf Boutaba School of Computer Science 2018
Roy Brouwer Economics 2018
Jeff Chen Physics & Astronomy 2016
Pu Chen Chemical Engineering 2015
Claude Duguay Geography & Environmental Management 2015
Xianshe Feng Chemical Engineering 2016
James Geelen Combinatorics & Optimization 2014
Ian Goldberg School of Computer Science 2012
Guang Gong Electrical & Computer Engineering 2017
Elizabeth Irving School of Optometry & Vision Science 2012
Shesha Jayaram Electrical & Computer Engineering 2012
Lyndon Jones School of Optometry & Vision Science 2012
Lila Kari School of Computer Science 2015
Fakhreddine Karray Electrical & Computer Engineering 2018
Achim Kempf Applied Mathematics 2014
Alice Kuzniar Germanic & Slavic Studies 2017
Debbie Leung Combinatorics & Optimization 2015
Xianguo Li Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering 2014
Juewen Liu Chemistry 2017
John Long Electrical & Computer Engineering 2015
Qing-Bin Lu Physics & Astronomy 2014
Mark Matsen Chemical Engineering 2014
Colleen Maxwell School of Pharmacy 2017
Ravi Mazumdar Electrical & Computer Engineering 2013
Brian McNamara Physics & Astronomy 2015
Michele Mosca Combinatorics & Optimization 2012
Marcel O'Gorman English Language & Literature 2017
Barbara Schmenk Germanic & Slavic Studies 2018
Daniel Scott Geography & Environmental Management 2014
Heidi Swanson Biology 2015
Imre Szeman Drama & Speech Communication 2018
Michael Tam Chemical Engineering 2018
Ehsan Toyserkani Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering 2015
Ruodu Wang Statistics & Actuarial Science 2018
Zhou Wang Electrical & Computer Engineering 2017
Olaf Weber School of Environment, Enterprise & Development 2018

* University Research Chair in recognition of exemplary trajectory after the second term of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

Past University Research Chairs

Name Department
Year awarded
Carole Bernard Statistics & Actuarial Science 2009
Melanie Campbell Physics & Astronomy 2004
Timothy Chan School of Computer Science 2005
Thomas Coleman Combinatorics & Optimization 2010
Duane Cronin Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering 2016
Richard Culham Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering 2010
Bill Cunningham Combinatorics & Optimization 2004
Robert de Loe Environment & Resource Studies 2008
John English History 2005
James Forrest Physics & Astronomy 2010
John Holmes Psychology 2004
Peter Huck Civil Engineering 2003
Richard Hughson Kinesiology 2004
Mohamed Kamel Electrical & Computer Engineering 2008
Fakhreddine Karray Electrical & Computer Engineering 2011
Ellsworth LeDrew Geography 2004
Bin Ma School of Computer Science 2008
Ravi Mazumdar Electrical & Computer Engineering 2005
Bill McIlroy Kinesiology 2011
Brian McNamara Physics & Astronomy 2008
Elizabeth Meiering Chemistry 2005
Wendy Mitchinson History 2004-2006
Flora Ng Chemical Engineering 2006
Richard Oakley Chemistry 2010
Tamer Ozsu School of Computer Science 2004
Catherine Rosenberg Electrical & Computer Engineering 2004
Pierre-Nicholas Roy Chemistry 2008
Manoj Sachdev Electrical & Computer Engineering 2008
Magdy Salama Electrical & Computer Engineering 2004
Sherry Schiff Earth Sciences 2007
Sherman Shen Electrical & Computer Engineering 2007
Sivabal Sivaloganathan Applied Mathematics 2011
Joao Soares Chemical Engineering 2012
Doug Stinson School of Computer Science 2005
Michael Tam Chemical Engineering 2011
Ken Seng Tan Statistics & Actuarial Science 2010
Paul Thagard Philosophy 2005
Stephen Vavasis Combinatorics & Optimization 2006
Matt Vijayan Biology 2004
Frances Westley School of Environment, Enterprise & Development 2007
Tony Wirjanto School of Accounting & Finance 2009
Grace Yi Statistics & Actuarial Science 2011
Norman Zhou Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering 2013