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President Feridun Hamdullahpur
Feridun Hamdullahpur was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo on March 11, 2011.
A professor of mechanical engineering, Professor Hamdullahpur earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June, 2014.
President Hamdullahpur’s central motivation is ensuring that the societal impact of university education, research and scholarship is maximized through constant reform and innovation in the higher education sector.
His focus at the University of Waterloo is to build on the University’s strengths in co-operative education, research, entrepreneurship and equity to ensure Waterloo is recognized as one of the world’s top innovation universities. In 2016, the University of Waterloo was named Canada’s most innovative university for the 25th consecutive year by Maclean’s Magazine.
In 2015 President Hamdullahpur was appointed chair of the new Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure, an ambitious initiative to build a world-leading digital infrastructure ecosystem for Canada. He is one of 10 global university presidents helping to lead the United Nations’ HeforShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative to promote gender equity.
President Hamdullahpur was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.