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Aiping Yu

Professor, Chemical Engineering, University Research Chair

Dr. Aiping Yu is a professor of Chemical Engineering, received her PhD from University of California-Riverside. Her research is highly multidisciplinary which focuses on 2D and carbon nanomaterials for energy storage and polymer composites aiming for physical (mechanical, thermal, and EMI/electrical) properties and anti-corrosion reinforcement. She is a recipient of NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowship and RSC Rutherford Memorial Award.

Alexander Wong

Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Dr. Alexander Wong in a Canada Research Chair with a focus on operational artificial intelligence, particular in the areas of scalable machine learning, explainable machine learning, and responsible artificial intelligence.  Dr. Wong has worked with numerous companies across industries to bring artificial intelligence from theory to practical reality.  He has published over 600 refereed journal and conference papers, as well as patents, has given over 80 invited talks, and recognized with over 30 research and industrial awards and over 300 media coverage around the world. 

Alfredo R. de Faria

Professor, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

Professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, receiving his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2000. He has expertise in numerical simulation of composite structures and fabrication processes. Participated and coordinated numerous academic and industrial RD&I projects involving aerospace companies, e.g. Embraer, SAAB and Akaer.

Ali Elkamel

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Ali Elkamel is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and BSc in Mathematics from Colorado School of Mines, MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. His specific research interests are in computer-aided modeling, optimization, and simulation with applications to energy planning, sustainable operations, and product design.

Armaghan Salehian

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Armaghan Salehian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Professor Salehian’s research interests and expertise include structural dynamics and vibrations and applications of smart materials for energy harvesting, sensing, and actuation.

Baris Fidan

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Baris Fidan is a Professor in Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, with cross appointment in System Design Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Bessma Momani

Professor, Political Science

Dr. Bessma Momani is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. She is also a Senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, D.C. She was a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at both the Brookings Institution and Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, and formerly a visiting scholar at Georgetown University's Mortara Center.

Bruce Frayne

Dean, Faculty of Environment, Chair of the Board

Bruce is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Environment. He is an Urban Planner and Geographer, and teaches in the International Development program. His research interests fall within the broad ambit of sustainable cities, and encompass the three related areas of human migration, urbanization and food security.

Chao Tan

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Dr. Tan’s research is focused on thermochemical processes for green energy production & air emission control. He received his BSc and MSc degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing in the 1990s, and PhD degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2004. Dr. Tan’s contribution to scholarship has been recognized by international peers, as evidenced by the popularity of his technical books in his fields of research.

Charles Clarke

Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science, Board Member

Charles Clarke is a Professor of Computer Science and the Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on data intensive tasks and efficiency, including search, ranking, question answering, and other problems involving human language data. He has supervised to completion over 30 graduate students and published over 200 refereed contributions on a wide range of topics, including search, metrics, user interfaces, filesystem search, natural language processing, machine learning, and databases.

Clarence Woudsma

Associate Professor, School of Planning, Board Member

My research program is primarily focused on issues related to freight transportation and logistics although I have a broad interest in transportation at all levels and geographies. I’m really intrigued by the flows of people and goods that underpin social and economic interactions and the complex impacts of those flows.

Conrard Giresse Tetsassi Feugmo

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Conrard G. Tetsassi Feugmo, an assistant professor in the Chemistry department at the University of Waterloo, employs various computational techniques, including Density Functional Theory (DFT), Molecular Dynamics (MD), and Phase Field Crystal (PFC), along with machine learning (ML) to design materials for energy storage and conversion technologies, such as hydrogen technology and High Entropy Alloys for aerospace applications.

Costa Kapsis

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Costa Kapsis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Costa’s research lies at the interface between science, engineering and architectural design with an emphasis on energy in buildings and communities. His research is focused on questions of energy efficiency, solar energy generation and energy transaction in the built environment.

Daniel Scott

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management, University Research Chair,

University research chair in Global Change and Tourism, Dr. Daniel Scott is a professor in and the director of the Master of Climate Change program. Scott received his doctorate in 1998 and has served in a variety of directorships and chair roles at the University of Waterloo since 2003, including executive director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. Scott has worked extensively in the area of climate change and the global tourism sector, including the transition to a low carbon tourism economy and adaptation to the complex impacts of a changing climate, having published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles on these topics.

Daniel Smilek

Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Daniel Smilek received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2002 and then completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia before joining the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo as a faculty member. Smilek has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles on various topics in the area of human cognitive neuroscience. His work has been published in some of the top journals in his field including NaturePsychological Science, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences. He is a co-author of an undergraduate textbook on human cognition. Smilek is frequently involved in knowledge mobilization to the transportation industry with the aim of helping frontline workers reduce attention-related errors in safety critical settings. 

David Correa

Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Dr David Correa's research looks at biological structures and processes as a source of insight for the development of new fabrication processes and advanced materials. The research aims at implementing state of the art digital fabrication tools (robotic manipulators, 3D printers and CNC milling) to develop innovative and high-performance design solutions for industrial and architectural applications. 

David Del Rey Fernandez

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics

David Del Rey Fernández is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, Department of Applied Mathematics. Before joining the University of Waterloo, he was first a postdoctoral researcher and then a research scientist at NASA Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace. His research interest is in developing efficient and robust numerical algorithms for the solution of partial differential equations based on novel numerical methods with provable properties, applicable to high-performance computing systems. David’s research is focused on developing the mathematics and algorithms for the efficient solution of a broad class of time-dependent partial differential equations in the context of mathematically rigorous numerical frameworks. In particular, the emphasis is on:1) robust numerical methods, 2) mesh adaptation, 3) approaches for dealing with geometric complexity and moving meshes, and 4) machine-learning algorithms for automation and increased efficiency. 

Derek T. Robinson

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

To advance science in these areas of interests, Derek is currently using remotely piloted aircraft to remotely sense agriculture and urban areas using thermal, multi-spectral, and LiDAR sensors. Collected data are used for a variety of purposes that include: quantifying natural processes (e.g., erosion, carbon storage) at the scale of individual property parcels or agricultural fields; calibrate and validate models of natural processes; and among other interests, generate 3D immersive environments for visualization and knowledge transfer.

Ben Thompson

Professor, Optometry and Vision Science

Dr. Ben Thompson is a professor in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, working out of the Human Visual Neuroscience Laboratory. Thompson’s research is concerned with human visual cortex development and plasticity. With regard to aviation, he is interested in techniques that can enhance performance on new visual tasks such as those encountered during training programs for pilots and air traffic controllers. 

Duane Cronin

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Trauma Biomechanics and Injury Prevention, Directory Impact Mechanics and Material Characterization Laboratory

Professor Cronin has established a unique in Canada and globally recognized program in computational injury biomechanics, supported by advanced material characterization and experimental testing. Recognized by a Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Dr. Cronin is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Trauma Biomechanics and Injury Prevention (tBip) and leads the Neck Model (NM) Centre of Expertise (COE) for the Global Human Body Models Consortium, developing one of the most detailed and biofidelic Human Body Models (HBM) used globally by industry and academics to predict injury at the tissue level.

Elizabeth Irving

Professor, Optometry and Vision Science

Dr. Elizabeth Irving is a clinician/scientist with internationally recognized expertise in vision science including eye tracking and binocular vision. Good vision is widely being advocated as an important factor learning. Irving has led a variety of different types of studies; evaluating ocular parameters, validating novel testing procedures, investigating the need for stereopsis (depth perception) in military helicopter pilots, studying the effects of space flight on the eye, studying eye tracking in concussion and investigating new ways of educating the public on eye disease and eye care.

Eric Croiset

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Dr. Eric Croiset is a Chemical Engineering professor and former department chair. Croiset was awarded his doctorate from Universite d'Orleans in 1996 and has research interests in alternative energy, reaction engineering and sustainable energy management. He also researches the optimization of carbon dioxides capture processes, having collaborated with CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada.

Esmaeil Sadeghi

Assistant Professor, Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Lab

As an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Esmaeil Sadeghi focuses on sustainable materials manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing (AM). Since obtaining his doctorate in 2018 from University West, Sweden, he has been teaching and supervising graduate and undergraduate students. His research objective is to develop innovative, sustainable, and clean manufacturing technologies for durable and eco-friendly material systems.

Eugene Yee

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering; Defence Scientist, Defence R&D Canada

Dr. Eugene Yee is a Defence Scientist at Defence R&D Canada. In this capacity, he conducted pure and applied research including experimental investigations and stochastic modelling of turbulence and turbulent diffusion phenomena in the atmosphere, experimental and computational modelling/methods related to urban flow and dispersion, and application of Bayesian inference for sensor/model data fusion in the context of source reconstruction.

Evan F. Risko

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Board Member

Dr. Evan Risko is currently an associate professor and a Canada Research Chair in Embodied and Embedded Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Since receiving his PhD at the University of Waterloo, he has been pursuing his research interests in issues related to the embodied and embedded nature of cognition and the utilization of cognitive psychology to help improve practices in education and training. He has published over 100 papers, received research funding from numerous agencies (i.e., NSERC, SSHRC, CFI), worked with numerous industry partners and received various accolades for his research including Early Career awards from the Psychonomic Society, the Province of Ontario, and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science.

Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo

Associate Professor, Kinesiology; Associate Director

Dr. Ewa Niechwiej-Szwedo completed her graduate work at the University of Toronto and joined the University of Waterloo in 2012. Her research program is grounded in systems neuroscience and focuses on discovering the fundamental mechanisms involved in the central nervous system control of eye and hand movements across the lifespan. She has expertise in the field of visuomotor neuroscience, including gaze behaviour, hand-eye coordination, motor skill development and learning. 

Fatma Gzara

Professor, Department of Management Sciences

Fatma Gzara is an Associate Professor with the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests lie in the areas of optimization, network models, supply chain management, transportation risk and logistics. Currently, she uses bi-level mathematical modelling to determine the routes that trucks carrying hazardous materials will be most likely to take. Professor Gzara gathers real data and uses it to keep residential and industrial areas safe. In the last few years, she has written articles for journals such as Operations Research Letters, Telecommunication Systems, and the European Journal of Operational Research. 

Flora Ng

Professor, Research Chair, Chemical Engineering

Professor Flora T. T. Ng obtained her B.Sc. at the University of Hong Kong , M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She joined the University of  Waterloo, Canada in 1987, appointed University Research Chair in 2006 and holds the prestigious title of University Professor since 2008. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Ng has expertise in catalysis, bitumen oilsands upgrading, green chemistry and engineering and a world leading expert on catalytic distillation, a green reactor technology.

Fue-Sang Lien

Professor, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering

Prof. Lien has 30 years of experience developing and systematically applying Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to a wide range of fluid mechanics and multi-physics problems, such as wind energy, urban flow and dispersion modeling, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics and aero-elasticity. His current research interests in wind energy include wind turbine wakes, wake-induced fatigue analysis, wind turbine pitch control, wind turbine noise prediction/reduction, micro-siting of a wind farm and AI-based wind power forecasting.

Gennaro Notomista

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Gennaro Notomista's main research interests lie at the intersection of design and control of robotic systems for long-duration autonomy with applications to environmental monitoring. Prior to joining University of Waterloo, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the CNRS/Inria/IRISA, Rennes, France.

George Shaker

Adjunct Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Prof. George Shaker is an adjunct associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Waterloo. He also oversees wireless activities in the sensors and devices lab at the UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging. Previously, he was with Research in Motion (BlackBerry). He was also with Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been the Principal Scientist and Head of Research at Spark Technology Labs (STL), since its founding in 2011.

Hamid Jahed Motlagh

Professor, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, Board Member

Hamid Jahed is a Professor in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department. He is the Director of the Fatigue and Stress Analysis Laboratory (FATSLab) at the University of Waterloo. Professor Jahed’s research interests lie in the mutiscale characterization, modelling, and life enhancement of lightweight materials under cyclic loading, and the development of solid-state additive manufacturing using cold spray technology. Jahed has received several awards including Faculty of Engineering and Sandford Fleming Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, and Engineering Research Excellence Award. 

Javad Shafiee

Research Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering

Dr. Shafiee is an AI researcher; his research interest is mainly on machine learning models especially deep learning and graphical models with different applications in computer vision. He has extensive industrial research experience in leading many large-scale industrial and academic projects collaborating with companies like Microsoft and Intel. He has several best papers award on designing efficient, operational, and robust machine learning models.

Jean Andrey

Dean, Faculty of Environment

Jean Andrey is a professor and Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo with an expertise in climate change adaptation, planning, sustainable transportation, hazard and risk assessment, and weather-transport interactions. She is experienced working with federal, provincial, and municipal governments as well as industry, community, professional and not-for-profit organizations on adaptation priorities. Jean's research is concerned with the implications of climate change for transportation infrastructure and operations and is highly regarded as a teacher and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students alike. 

Jean-Pierre Hickey

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Jean-Pierre Hickey is an assistant professor in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. He is also involved in the Multi-Physics Interaction Lab at the University of Waterloo. His research interests include Fluid dynamics, Combustion, Supercritical Thermodynamics, and Aeroacoustics.  

Jennifer Lynes

Associate Professor, Enterprise and Development

Dr. Jennifer Lynes is an associate professor. She is Chair of the non-profit organization Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP Green Solutions) and co-founder of the North American Sustainable Concerts Working Group. With an educational background in both marketing and environmental studies, her expertise intersects business and the environment, where she focuses on investigating the marketing of sustainability. Her key research interests include social and community-based green marketing, residential energy conservation behaviour and engaging youth in environmental issues. 

Jian Zhao

Assistant Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science

Dr. Jian Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, where he directs the WatVis (Waterloo Visualization) research group. His research lies in the intersection of information visualization, human-computer interaction, and data science. He is dedicated to developing interactive visualizations that optimize the analytical workflow of solving complex real-world data problems. Dr. Zhao received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. He is the recipient of many best paper or honorable mention paper awards at top-tier venues (e.g., IEEE VIS, ACM CHI, and MobileHCI). More information can be found on his website:

Jochen Konemann

Professor, Department of Combinatorics and Optimization

Dr. Jochen Konemann is a professor and chair in the department of combinatorics and optimization. Earning his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, Konemann went on to teach at the University of Waterloo. His research interests include approximation algorithms, algorithmic game theory and combinatorial optimization. Konemann recently organized a Hausdorff Summer School and Workshop on combinatorial optimization and organized a Hausdorff Trimester on combinatorial optimization as well. He was also involved in the writing of the undergraduate textbook on optimization. 

John Honek

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Professor Honek received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from McGill University and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT (USA). His research focuses on the application of chemistry to biological systems and includes investigations on advanced bionanomaterials. He was the recipient of the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s 2014 Bernard Belleau Award presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of medicinal chemistry through research involving biochemical or organic chemical mechanisms. 

John Montesano

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering; Director, Composites Research Group

John Montesano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and the Director of the Composites Research Group (CRG). His research interests lie in the field of mechanics of fiber-reinforced composite materials and structures. One of the main pillars of Prof. Montesano’s research is to investigate the influence of manufacturing processes on the integrity composite structures.

John Thompson

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology

John Thompson is a retired professor in the department of biology. His research interests included biochemistry and molecular biology of programmed cell death: the molecular basis of membrane deterioration in senescing and aging tissues; comparative aspects of senescence and stress including the role of hormones and the involvement of free radicals; functional genomics of senescence and apoptosis. 

John Wen

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

John Z. Wen is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and is cross appointed to the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Director of the Laboratory for Emerging Energy Research at the university and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME). 

Juan Moreno Cruz

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Enterprise and Development

Juan Moreno-Cruz is an Associate Professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development at the University of Waterloo.  He is also a CESifo Research Affiliate. Prior to his current position, Moreno-Cruz was an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2011-2017). Professor Moreno-Cruz's research focuses on the interaction of energy systems, technological change, and climate policy. His most influential work examines how solar and carbon geoengineering technologies affect climate policy. His most recent work provides novel insights into the process of energy transitions by demonstrating how energy access shapes the organization of the economy in cities and how energy consumption in cities in turn pollutes the local and global environment. 

Katherine White

Associate Professor, Developmental Research Area Head

Katherine White, PhD joined the Psychology Department at the University of Waterloo in 2010, after completing her PhD in Cognitive Science at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, USA) and postdoctoral research in the department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester (Rochester, New York, USA). She studies the earliest stages of language development in infants and toddlers. 

Kirsten Müller

Professor, Chair, Department of Biology

Kirsten Müller is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Müller's research focuses on speciation, taxonomy, ecology, and evolution of algae included harmful algal blooms. Dr. Müller is the recipient of several awards including; an Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo (2016, 2019); Excellence in Science Teaching Award (ESTA), Faculty of Science; University of Waterloo (2016); Luigi Provasoli Award in recognition for authoring an outstanding paper published in the Journal of Phycology, Phycological Society of America (2011).  Dr. Müller is also the Past President of the Phycological Society of America (2018-2020) and Managing Editor of the Journal of Phycology (2022-2027).

Kshirasagar (Sagar) Naik

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Sagar Naik’s research interests focus on: (i) monitoring of physical systems to ensure their safe operations using wireless sensor networks; (ii) monitoring of wireless devices in cyber-physical systems to detect their anomalous behavior; (iii) designing secure and efficient communication protocols for vehicular networks; (iv) designing energy harvesting sensor modules for sustainable communication in harsh communication environments; and (v) software testing and quality assurance. 

Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam

Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Dr. Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam is a Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research interests include design optimization under uncertainty with emphasis on developing operations research techniques as well as stochastic modelling. He is an expert applying AI techniques to many problems in resource management and his current interests include using regenerative economics and triple bottom analysis to design systems with attention to sustainability, equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

Lisa Aultman-Hall

Professor, Chair, Systems Design Engineering

Professor and Chair of Systems Design Engineering (SYDE), Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall received her PhD in Civil Engineering from McMaster University in 1996. Prior to Waterloo, Aultman-Hall served as a faculty member at three American universities, and was the founding director of the Vermont Transportation Research Centre (TRC). Her research focuses on intercity long distance travel behavior, network resiliency, non-motorized transportation, streetscape design and transportation systems. 

Marco Alfano

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Dr Alfano is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at Waterloo. His research focuses on the mechanics of solid bodies and layered lightweight structures. The interplay between manufacturing and structural performance is a highlight of Marco’s recent research work, which enjoys an even balance between analytical, computational and experimental methods in fracture mechanics.

Marek Stastna

Professor, Applied Mathematics, Associate Dean Computing

I received my PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2001 (Applied Mathematics).  I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto from 2001-2004, and returned to UW in 2004.  My research focus is on environmental fluid mechanics, especially from a computational point of view.  Along with my group I both develop and apply high order numerical methods to problems in boundary layer dynamics, hydrodynamic instability theory, and internal wave dynamics.

Mehrdad Kazerani

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Mehrdad Kazerani is an expert in power electronics, with a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. His research areas include topology development, modeling and control of converters for renewable energy sources integration, electrified powertrains, hybrid energy storage systems, smart battery chargers with V2G capability, energy access and microgrids.

Mehrdad Pirnia

Graduate Attributes Lecturer, Management Sciences

Dr. Mehrdad Pirnia, a PhD Waterloo alumnus in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a faculty member and Graduate Attributes lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences. His main research focus is enhancing the operation and planning of energy and transportation systems through artificial intelligence, optimization and stochastic techniques. He has previously held positions with California ISO, ALSTOM Grid, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Michael Barnett-Cowan

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Health Sciences

Michael Barnett-Cowan is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Health Studies.  Michael is also the Director of the Multisensory Brain and Cognition Lab at the University of Waterloo, which seeks to determine how the brain integrates multisensory information. The lab has a specific interest in the vestibular (balance) system and determining how information about head movement and orientation is combined with the other senses to enable optimal object recognition, decision-making, and coordinated movement in the normal, injured, diseased, and aging brain. 

Michael Beazely

Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy

Prof. Beazely received his PhD in molecular pharmacology in 2004 after completing his pharmacy degree in 2000. His clinical research includes the evaluation of undergraduate pharmacy education with respect to substance use and ongoing educational tool development for practicing health professionals.

Michael Waite

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics

Dr. Michael Waite is an Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics in the Faculty of Mathematics. He received his PhD from McGill University in 2005. His research interests are in geophysical fluid dynamics, with a particular focus on numerical modelling of turbulence in the atmosphere.  

Michael Worswick

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Michael Worswick is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering of the University of Waterloo and is Executive Director of the Waterloo Node of the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium. He held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in “Light Weight Materials Under Extreme Deformation: Forming and Impact” (2004-2018) and currently holds a University Research Chair under the same title.

Mihaela Vlasea

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Associate Director and Board Member

Dr. Vlasea is an Assistant Professor and the Research Co-Director of the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab. Her research focuses on innovative design, process optimization and adoption of new materials for powder bed fusion and binder jetting additive manufacturing processes. Dr. Vlasea collaborates closely with industry partners in the additive manufacturing supply chain and applications, including aerospace. In recognition of her scholarly work, student mentorship, and industry outreach, she was recognised as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) 20 Most Influential Academics 2021 and as the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer 2020.

Nasser Lashgarian Azad

Associate Professor, Systems Design Engineering; Director, Automation and Intelligent Systems (ACE) Group

Dr. Azad’s primary research interests lie in: (i) intelligent controls and automation with applications to automotive systems as well as autonomous systems like automated vehicles and drones, and (ii) innovative applications of AI methods to solve complex modeling, optimization, control, and automation problems. He has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and received an Early Researcher Award in 2015 from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Neil Randall

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature; Executive Director, The Games Institute Chair; Council for Responsible Innovation and Technology

Dr. Neil Randall is an associate professor with the Department of English Language and literature with a doctorate from York University. He is the chair of the Council for Responsible Innovation and Technology and the executive director of The Games Institute, whose research focuses on games studies, interactive immersive media and technology, rhetoric and semiotics of human-computer interaction and the practice and analysis of professional writing. Randall was the principal investigator for the SSHRC Partnership Grant that funded the games research network IMMERSe (The Interactive and Multi-Modal Research Syndicate) and is a distinguished computer book and magazine writer. 

Nima Maftoon

Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Dr. Maftoon is an assistant professor in the department of Systems Design Engineering. Dr. Maftoon received his PhD training in biomedical engineering at McGill University performing research in physiological acoustics and auditory mechanics followed by a postdoctoral training in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology at the Harvard Medical School. One research focus of Dr. Maftoon at the University of Waterloo is noise and vibration leveraging his industrial experience in vehicle research and development.  

Olaf Weber

Professor, University Research Chair in Sustainable Finance

Olaf Weber is a Professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development. In addition, he holds the position as the University of Waterloos Research Chair in Sustainable Finance and is Senior Fellow of CIGI. His research and teaching interests address the connection between financial sector players, such as banks and sustainable development and the link between sustainability and financial performance of enterprises.

Paria Karimi

Assistant Professor, Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Lab

Dr. Paria Karimi is a research assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering. Her research focuses on eliminating environmental effect and reducing energy consumption in aerospace applications through additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Her main passion is to use new AM technologies to create a healthy environment devoid of pollutants and requiring less energy, with the lack of universal guidelines on new design approaches, the classification of manufacturing materials, and processes serving as her primary motivation.

Parsin Haji Reza

Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering (SYDE); Director, PhotoMedicine Labs (PML)

Dr. Parsin Haji Reza is an award-winning teacher, researcher, entrepreneur, published novelist, and inventor of photoacoustic remote sensing (PARS®) microscopy. His research explores designing and developing novel hardware and software methods for clinical and pre-clinical biomedical applications. These new technologies aim to provide clinicians and researchers with novel capabilities and information that is presently difficult to obtain with existing techniques. He invented and pioneered several new technologies/concepts including, Photoacoustic Remote Sensing (PARS®) microscopy, a novel absorption-based, non-contact, non-invasive, label-free imaging technique. He also is the co-founder of illumiSonics Inc., where he holds position of CTO and Chairman of the Board.

Paul Parker

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Environment, Board Member; Former Director, Economic Development Program

Paul is a sustainability researcher with a passion for low carbon aviation and a love of teaching. He brings social science expertise to a diverse set of energy and development research projects, often with engineer colleagues. He has 175 publications and over 230 presentations on a broad range of projects: zero-carbon buildings, energy retrofits, smart grid technologies, renewables in remote communities, sustainable economic development and community energy planning. Electric and low carbon aviation is the next challenge.                                      

Quinn Lewis

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Dr. Quinn Lewis is a physical geographer and geomorphologist who studies the landscape – how flow processes like rivers and wind, together with human-induced processes, move energy and landscape material and ultimately form and alter earth’s surface. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois Department of Geography and GIS in 2018 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University, supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute. His research combines intensive field work with remote sensing and Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS) to improve our understanding of dynamic and interrelated physical processes and landforms. 

Raouf Boutaba

Professor, Director, Cheriton School of Computer Science

Raouf Boutaba received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Sorbonne University in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He is currently a University Chair Professor and the Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer science at the University of Waterloo (Canada). His research interests fall in the areas of computer networking and distributed systems.

Rebecca Saari

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Rebecca Saari has interdisciplinary training and professional experience in sustainable engineering. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, she worked as an air quality engineering consultant and atmospheric scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. She completed her PhD in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Hughson

Professor Emeritus, Kinesiology and Health Studies; Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Richard Hughson is Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. His research focuses on how increased arterial stiffness affects brain blood flow and how older persons experience dizziness and increased risk of falling. He has studied astronauts to understand how and why arteries have “aging-like” changes (increased carotid artery stiffness) after 6-months in space. He is Principal Investigator on 6 projects on the International Space Station including Vascular Calcium that is part of the CIPHER study of astronauts spending one-year in space. His research in the science of human health developed from his own participation in competitive distance running and the belief that physical activity contributes to long and healthy lives. Richard Hughson is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Faculty of Health and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 

Richard Kelly

Professor and Chair, Department of Geography & Environmental Management

Richard Kelly’s interests are in characterizing terrestrial cryospheric processes for advancing our understanding of climate change and water resource management. His research group focuses on the development and application of novel approaches to estimate and map snow accumulation and water storage on the Earth using satellite, airborne and ground-based microwave and visible-infrared remote sensing systems. 

Roberto Guglielmi

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics

Dr Guglielmi is an applied mathematician focused on control and optimization of dynamical systems, with a focus on designing controllers for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), optimizing power energy networks, agent-based and compartmental models in agriculture and life sciences.

Rodrigo Costa

Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Rodrigo Costa is an assistant professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Costa received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Waterloo, Dr. Costa was an adjunct lecturer at Stanford University. His research on societal and environmental systems examines how communities' physical, economic, and social systems interact to exacerbate disaster risk and further socioeconomic and racial inequalities. Rodrigo works at the interface between engineering and social sciences. Dr. Costa’s goal is to inform targeted interventions to reduce disaster impacts, accelerate recovery, and ensure that all of society participates in the benefits.  

Saeed Ghadimi

Assistant Professor, Management Sciences

Dr. Saeed Ghadimi is an assistant professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Before joining UWaterloo, he was an associate research scholar at Princeton University. He also received his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University of Florida.

Saeed Maleksaeedi

Assistant Professor, Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Lab

Dr. Saeed Maleksaeedi is a material scientist with a focus on additive manufacturing technologies, received her PhD from Shiraz University in 2009. His research explores application of additive manufacturing in various industry sectors including aerospace, biomedical and tooling.

Sander Rhebergen

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics

Sander Rhebergen is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, Department of Applied Mathematics. Before joining the University of Waterloo, he was a postdoctoral researcher, first at the University of Minnesota and then at the University of Oxford. His research interests are in scientific computing and numerical analysis, hybridisable and embedded discontinuous Galerkin methods and finite element methods for partial differential equations on time-dependent domains.

Sebastian Fischmeister

NSERC/ Magna Industrial Research Chair, Automotive Software; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Fischmeister is a Professor at the University of Waterloo, leads the Real-time Embedded Software Group, and is NSERC/Magna Industrial Research Chair for Automotive Software. Dr. Fischmeister performs systems research at the intersection of software technology, distributed systems, and formal methods. His preferred application area is safety-critical embedded real-time systems. Jointly with industry and researchers, he built the APMA Connected Vehicle Technology Demonstrator as well as several CES demos, including the Renesas Autonomous Vehicle as well as the DENSO Driving AI demonstrator.

Serhiy Yarusevych

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Dr. Serhiy Yarusevych received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2006. Since 2006, he has been directing the Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research is focused on aerodynamics and its multidisciplinary applications in engineering, including operation of lifting and control surfaces, flows over bluff bodies, turbulence, flow induced vibrations and noise, and flow control. Additional details on the laboratory and ongoing research work can be found at

Sherilyn Houle

Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy

Dr. Sherilyn Houle is a pharmacist and pharmacy practice researcher, receiving her pharmacy degree from the University of Saskatchewan and PhD from the University of Alberta. With research and clinical expertise in travel medicine, she has an interest in air travel-related health issues, travel trends, and health and medication use among aviation professionals.

Shi Cao

Associate Professor, Systems Design Engineering; CAP Committee Chair

Shi Cao (“SHER TSAO”) studies human factors engineering. His research projects include human performance and workload modeling, human-machine system reliability, the applications of virtual and augmented reality, and new aviation training technologies. Cao has developed computational cognitive models and human performance prediction systems (Google Scholar list). He is also the director of Human Optimization Modelling Lab (HOMLab) and the Committee Chair of the Collaborative Aeronautics Program.

Shirley Tang

Associate Dean of Science, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Board Member

Shirley Tang is a professor and associate dean of science at the University of Waterloo. She carries out research in nanotechnology. Central to her effort is the creation of materials and devices based on graphene, carbon nanotubes, and their chemical derivatives, primarily for biomedical applications. Her research interests encompass nanomaterials and nanodevices for biology and medicine, biomolecule assisted nanomaterial self-assembly, and the health and environmental effects of engineered nanomaterials. Her lab is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments tailored for nanocarbon-based synthesis and characterization and a biosafety II cell culture lab dedicated to the investigation of nanocarbon-biosystem interactions. 

Sirisha Rambhatla

Assistant Professor, Management Sciences Department

Dr. Sirisha Rambhatla is an Assistant Professor in the Management Sciences Department, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Her research focusses on reliable artificial intelligence (AI) models for real-world decision making for critical applications in healthcare, intelligent automation, and climate change, using deep learning, time- series and spatiotemporal data analysis, explainable AI, and provable algorithms. Her inter disciplinary work spanning both theory and practice of machine learning (ML), has been published at top ML venues such as NeurIPS, ICLR, KDD, IJCAI, AAAI, and clinical venues such as AMIA, Urology Clinics North America, and Surgery.

Stanko Dimitrov

Associate Professor, Management Sciences; Director, MMSc online; Founder, Business Data Analytics Laboratory

Associate professor with the Department of Management Sciences, Dr. Stan Dimitrov's research primarily focuses on the interface of operations research and information systems. Dimitrov graduated from the University of Michigan with a doctorate in Industrial and Operations Engineering in 2010. Dimitrov's work pays special attention to business data analytics, mechanism design, game theory and telecommunications, and he is interested in creating solutions to industry problems related to pricing, process, and customer relationship management. 

Stephen L. Smith

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Stephen L. Smith is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering where he directs the Autonomous Systems Lab and is a Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Systems.  He received his BSc degree from Queen’s University, his MASc degree from the University of Toronto, and his PhD degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Steven B. Young

Professor, Industrial Ecology

Professor Steven Young is a resource sustainability expert supporting the transition to a low-carbon, responsible and “circular” economy. After his PhD from Toronto, he worked in industry for 15-years in life cycle assessment and environmental strategy. As an academic he engages internationally in industry and civil activities on responsible sourcing, sustainability standards and supply-chains. Dr Young is widely published in management, resource policy and sustainability journals. 

Su Yin Tan

Lecturer, Geography and Environmental Management

Dr. Su-Yin Tan is a Continuing Lecturer in the Geomatics Program, Teaching Fellow of the Faculty of Environment, and Director of the Applied Geomatics Research Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She previously served as the Associate Director of the UW Aviation program and supported program review/accreditation and curriculum design. She is also a faculty member of the International Space University (ISU) based in Strasbourg, France, where she has served in the roles of Core Chair and Space Applications Department Chair for the Space Studies Program (SSP) and lectures at the Masters of Space Studies (MSS) program and Executive Space Courses at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. 

Sushanta Mitra

Professor | Executive Director of WIN

Sushanta Mitra’s research interests are in the fundamental understanding of fluid flow in narrow confinements applicable to energy, environment and bio-systems. Before joining Waterloo, he had several administrative roles in Canadian higher education, including Department Chair (Lassonde School of Engineering), Associate Vice-President Research (York University) and Assistant Vice-President Research (University of Alberta).

Suzanne Kearns

Founding Director, Associate Professor, Aviation

Dr. Suzanne Kearns is an aviation academic with a focus on education and optimizing pilot performance, receiving her PhD from Capella University in 2007. Her research explores how to optimize the next generation of aviation professionals (NGAP) by analyzing processes to attract people to the field of aviation, optimizing and innovating the traditional education pathway, and improving the retention of professionals within the field. She is a former airplane and helicopter pilot and is internationally recognized within the aviation industry.

Tong Leung

Director, Waterloo Advanced Technology Laboratory; Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Tong Leung is a chemical physicist working with emerging materials and their applications. His research explores the fundamental chemistry and physics occurring on the surfaces of novel materials, including low-dimensional nanostructural materials, as well as potential applications of these materials.

Trien Nguyen

Professor, Economics

When Mr. Nguyen was a third-year undergraduate in chemical engineering at Berkeley, he had to take two half courses of introductory economics as a breadth degree requirement. It was an eye-opening experience as he found that economics was not very much different from engineering in terms of the required discipline and problem-solving skills. Mr. Nguyen got hooked in economics and started taking extra economics credits along with his engineering courses. Went on to do well in engineering but after graduation, went to Simon Fraser for a qualifying term before getting into the MA Economics program. He learned that modern economics requires analytical skills as much as mathematics, and again started taking extra math credits along the MA program. After graduation, Mr. Nguyen went to Western for graduate study in mathematics for two years before switching back to economics for good (enough running around). 

Vanessa Schweizer

Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Knowledge Integration

Vanessa's fundamental training was in Physics, and she holds minors in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Speech Communication. She also holds a master’s in Environmental Studies and a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy. She blends these interdisciplinary interests through her work on scenarios, which are common tools for collective decision-making. In a variety of contexts, collective decision-making includes many processes such as articulating aspirations and values, exercising foresight, confronting uncertainties and risks, and negotiating trade-offs. Vanessa's teaching includes coursework on design and problem-solving. Her research focuses on the problem of cross-disciplinary knowledge integration and the design of scenarios for the human dimensions of large-scale environmental change. She also has ongoing projects around problems in long-term decision-making such as forecasting and discontinuities (that is, developments that could be considered "game-changing" compared to the status quo). Her recent work has included the influence of occupational, interpersonal, and cultural conflicts on climate change attitudes. 

Vijay Ganesh

Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology | Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Vijay Ganesh is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo and the Co-Director of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute. Prior to joining Waterloo in 2012, he was a research scientist at MIT (2007-2012) and completed his PhD in computer science from Stanford in 2007.

Vivek Maheshwari

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Dr. Vivek Maheshwari is an active researcher and educator, with a PhD from Virginia Tech in 2007. His research focuses on photovoltaics and energy harvesting technology, development of electrocatalysts and composites and material design. Applying the materials for use in sensors and devices is also a key area of his research, including developing flexible devices and scale up manufacturing. He was awarded the Early Researcher Award in 2015.   

Xianguo Li

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering; Director, Fuel Cell and Green Energy Lab

Xianguo is a Professor in the Deparment of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His main research interests and activities are in the area of thermal fluid/science, including energy systems and energy storage, various energy conversion devices, propulsion and power generation systems, aerosol generation and applications, and transportation fuel cell and battery systems. 

XiaoYu Wu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

A focus on sustainable energy conversion and chemical production processes! XiaoYu Wu is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. He obtained his PhD and was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)He also obtained his MS and BS degrees in Zhejiang University. He is enthusiastic about sustainability, especially how clean technologies can impact sustainability and how developing countries can incorporate sustainability in development. He has published papers in journals such as Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, AIChE Journal and ChemSusChem. He serves as the Guest Associate Editor in an open-access journal Frontiers in Energy Research for a theme collection of “Sustainable Hydrogen for Energy, Fuel and Commodity Applications.” 

Yash Vardhan Pant

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Pant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he leads the Control, Learning and Logic (CL2) group. His research focuses on decision-making for multi-agent and autonomous systems, drawing on elements of Control Theory, Machine Learning, Formal Methods, and Optimization.

Yilan Liu

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Dr Yilan Liu Yilan got her MASc at Chinese Academy of Sciences, where she earned Master of Natural Science. She pursued her PhD in Biochemical Engineering at Chinese Academy of Sciences.  She conducted post-doctoral training at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at University of Toronto. In Liu’s lab for synthetic biology and sustainable development (LSS), we harness synthetic biology for sustainable development. Her research explores how to engineer bacteria to convert mixed solid waste into biofuels. 

Yimin Wu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering; Director, Materials Interfaces Foundry (MIF)

Yimin Wu is an assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN), Director of Materials Interfaces Foundry, at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Wu received his DPhil degree in Materials from the University of Oxford on 2D electronics in 2013. Then, he worked as a SinBeRise Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Zhao Pan

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Zhao Pan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and the Principal Investigator of the Interdisciplinary Fluid Physics Lab - Pan Lab. Prior to joining Waterloo, he worked at Utah State University and Florida Center for Advanced Aero-propulsion (FCAAP, FSU) as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests span from fundamental fluid physics (e.g., jets, bubbles, droplets, and cavitation), micro/bio-fluids, to advanced fluid flow diagnostics. Most of his studies are driven by curiosity and serve both academia and the community with creative ideas and broader social impact. Working with scientists and engineers from different fields, his multi-disciplinary fluid dynamics studies have been published in journals such as PNAS, Nature Plants, J. Fluid Mech, Phys. Rev. Fluids, Phys. Fluids, and Soft Matter, etc. His work has also been featured on journal covers (Nature, Plants, Soft Matter), editor’s picks, and in 40+ leading media outlets (e.g., Science, Nature, The Washington Post, EurekAlert!, etc.).