Dr. John McPhee, professor of systems design engineering was recognized with the highest honour from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) for his outstanding contribution to the engineering profession.

McPhee, a Canada Research Chair in Biomechatronic Systems Dynamics, is the 2023 recipient of the Gold Medal Award, OSPE’s highest honour. This is the first Gold Medal awarded since 2019, and McPhee is the first recipient of this award from the University of Waterloo in over 33 years. He received the award at the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) gala on November 4 in Toronto.

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The premier award of the association recognizes conscientious commitment to public service, technical excellence, and outstanding professional leadership. This will be the first Gold Medal awarded since 2019, as the esteemed award is only given when an outstanding candidate is nominated.

As Canada’s leading expert in system dynamics, McPhee has had a pervasive impact on the engineering practice. His ground-breaking graph-theoretic methods have been commercialized and applied to multiple fields including stroke rehabilitation robots, sports engineering, autonomous vehicles, and surgical planning. As an educator, he supervises one of the largest research groups on systems dynamics. He was instrumental in the design of two of Waterloo’s most competitive and innovative undergraduate programs, the Biomedical Engineering program and the Mechatronics Engineering program.

Go to Dr. John McPhee P.Eng. | Professional Engineers Gold Medal Awardee OPEA 2023 for OSPE’s announcement of the Gold Medal award.

John McPhee

Dr. John McPhee is the 2023 recipient of the Gold Medal Award, OSPE’s highest honour.