Keith W. Hipel

Keith W. Hipel, O.C., FRSC, FCAE

University Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON)

October 27, 2015

Keith W. Hipel is University Professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he is Coordinator of the Conflict Analysis Group. He is also President of the Academy of Science within the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Past-Chair of the Board of Governors of Renison University College.

Dr. Hipel thoroughly enjoys mentoring students and is a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, and the Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision from the University of Waterloo, as well as the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from IEEE Canada. His major research interests are the development of conflict resolution, multiple criteria decision analysis, time series analysis, and other decision-making methodologies for addressing challenging interdisciplinary systems problems lying at the confluence of society, technology, and the environment. His work has applications in water resources management, hydrology, environmental engineering, energy, and sustainable development.

Dr. Hipel’s highly cited research publications are used by professionals working in research institutions, industry, and government organizations. He is regularly invited to present research seminars at organizations and conferences in many countries, and is currently Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society. Moreover, he is very active in academic societies like the RSC, IEEE, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), where he was a member of the Energy Pathways Task Force. Dr. Hipel is the Founder of the International Conferences on Water Resources and Environment Research (ICWRER) as well as Chair of its Steering Committee. He is also an Associate Editor with many journals.

Dr. Hipel is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Eminent Scientist Award, Joseph G. Wahl Outstanding Career Award from the IEEE SMC Society, IEEE SMC Norbert Wiener Award, Docteur Honoris Causa (France), Doctor Honoris Causa (Hungary), Sir John William Dawson Medal (RSC), and Engineering Medal for Research and Development (Professional Engineers Ontario).

Role: Panel Chair
Report: Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada (October 2015)