Catherine M. Burns is the founding director of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology at the University of Waterloo. This centre engages over 100 researchers in world class research in biotechnology and biomedical systems, building deep partnerships for innovation. Catherine’s own research is in human factors engineering and the development of clinical decision support systems. In this area she has contributed over 200 publications and is the author of five books. She has served as Program Chair for the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and currently sits on the editorial boards of five journals. Catherine has a track record of conducting industry relevant research and building strong industrial partnerships and regularly serves as a consultant for companies such as Syncrude, Honeywell, CMC Electronics and Defence Canada. Catherine also has extensive experience in research funding, serving as chair of NSERC’s Grant Selection Committee in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the Ontario Research Excellence fund.