APSC professors inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering

Jane Wang and Charles Haynes

Z Jane Wang, PEng, a professor in UBC's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Charles Haynes, PEng, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been named Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) for their "distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession."

Nominated and elected by current Fellows, inductees into the Academy have made contributions — be they in business, academia or government — that have advanced the art and practice of engineering or otherwise made a significant impact on society. Fifty-nine new Fellows were honoured at the CAE's Annual General Meeting and Symposium on June 18, 2018, in Calgary.

Along with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the CAE is a founding member of the Council of Canadian Academies. Election to the CAE is one of the highest professional honours an engineer in Canada can receive.

The UBC inductees' CAE citations read as follows:

Zhen (Jane) Wang is an internationally renowned researcher in statistical signal processing theory and its applications. Her work covers a broad research spectrum that is multidisciplinary in nature. She has invented powerful methodologies for a wide range of real-life problems, especially for anti-collusion digital media fingerprinting, brain connectivity network inference, and deep learning-based medical image analytics. A key component of Dr. Wang’s success has been her ability to forge important multidisciplinary collaborations, particularly with medical researchers, through which she delivered significant research contributions with knowledge translation to clinics. Her landmark and pioneering contributions in the areas of multimedia security and neurological data analytics have been acknowledged with international awards. She is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Charles Haynes is an internationally recognized authority on downstream processing of biologic therapeutics at manufacturing scales. His field-defining research has included the invention of numerous technologies that have gained widespread industrial use, including the Fractogel® chromatography media, now used in the manufacturing of over 20 life-saving FDA-approved protein therapeutics. His appointment as a Tier-1 Canada ResearchChair in 2000 has further enabled his outstanding mentoring of academic and industry leaders in his field, and his role as Founding Director of UBC’s Bio-Products Institute is providing crucial innovationsand technologies needed to grow Canada’s emerging bio-based products industries.


Haijiang Wang of the Southern University of Science and Technology, who is also an adjunct professor in UBC's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Mary Wells, a former professor in the Department of Materials Engineering who now collaborates with UBC materials engineering professors Warren Poole, Chad Sinclair and Matthias Militzer, were also elected to the CAE this year.  

For more information about the 2018 CAE Fellows, please visit Fifty-nine new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering


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