Professor John McPhee, P.Eng., studies things that move. What does that mean exactly? In McPhee’s words, his “research is devoted to the modelling, control, simulation and design of dynamic physical systems.”
McPhee, who received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Acadia University, the Technical University of Nova Scotia and the University of Waterloo, is currently a professor in Systems Design Engineering and the Canada Research Chair in System Dynamics at the University of Waterloo.
Systems Design Engineering Professor John McPhee has been awarded the 2019 Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence.
The Engineering Medal honours those association members who have contributed substantially to advancing the engineering profession, and recognizes excellence in the practice of engineering, where the innovative application of engineering knowledge and principles has solved a unique problem, led to advanced products, or produced above-average results.
As technology advances, there is often an expectation of using it to make life easier. There is a strong push towards automating everyday activities for the purposes of saving time, improving efficiency or added safety. This is especially evident in the automotive industry, where the journey towards autonomous vehicles has seen companies create self-driving vehicles and consider the reality of driverless roadways.
A Systems Design team is one of two teams to have been awarded $50k from the Palihapitiya Venture Creation Fund. The team is Beacon Health, supervised by Professor Igor Ivkovic. Their project seeks to improve mental health literacy in post-secondary educational institutions, including a knowledge-based recommender system that connects university students with corresponding mental health resources.
Dr. Parsin Haji Reza a professor at the SYDE and the director of PhotoMedicine lab (www.photomedicinelab.com) received $420,000 from Mitacs Accelerate Program in collaboration with illumiSonics Inc. This funding will go toward his cutting-edge translational research in medical imaging for critical applications in oncology, gastroenterology, and ophthalmology.
Dr. Alexander Wong, the Canada Research Chair in the field of Artificial Intelligence and a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering, and MASc student Zhong Qiu Lin, was featured in a front-page article in Synced Magazine, one of the largest media outlets for AI globally, on their work on human-machine collaborative design for building better deep neural networks for operational, practical environments [read more].
The Distinguished Teacher Awards for 2019 will be presented to four faculty members at Convocation, Associate Vice-President, Academic Mario Coniglio announced at yesterday’s meeting of the University's Senate.