The title of Distinguished University Professor is conferred on faculty members in recognition of exceptional scholarly achievement, pre-eminence in a field of knowledge and a solid teaching record. Five professors were selected this year.
Jianping Yao is a professional engineer, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and University Research Chair in Microwave Photonics. Considered a world leader in microwave photonics, he is renowned for his research contributions in this field.
Professor Yao is a principal investigator of more than 20 projects, including five strategic grant projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He has published more than 510 papers (H-index: 55), including more than 310 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 200 papers in conference proceedings. Jianping Yao, Ph.D. is a Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
His research interests focus on microwave photonics, which includes photonic processing of microwave signals, photonic generation of microwave, millimeter-wave and terahertz, radio over fiber, ultrawideband over fiber, and photonic generation of microwave arbitrary waveforms. His research also covers fiber optics and biophotonics, which includes fiber lasers, fiber and waveguide Bragg gratings, fiber-optic sensors, microfluidics, optical coherence tomography, and Fourier-transform spectroscopy.
On top of exhibiting remarkable scholarly achievement, pre-eminence in a field of knowledge, and a solid teaching record, recipients of this title have well represented and acted as ambassadors of the University’s mission, vision and values. Click here to learn more about this year’s honourees.