UWindsor Engineering researchers listed among top academics in the world

Researchers at the University of Windsor rub elbows with Nobel laureates and other great minds in a new database listing the world’s top academics in their respective disciplines.

The searchable database, developed by researchers at Stanford University, lists more than 100,000 of the most-cited academics in their fields of study. Twenty-eight current and retired UWindsor professors rank in the top two per cent of most-cited researchers in the world, including eight from the Faculty of Engineering.

“This list shows the quality and quantity of ground-breaking work being done by UWindsor researchers across the spectrum of disciplines,” said K.W. Michael Siu, UWindsor’s vice-president, research and innovation. “I’m delighted so many of our academics have been recognized in this way.”

The study, published recently in the journal Plos Biology, is based on metrics that assess the publication records and citations of more than 6.88 million academics from 1965 to 2019. The formula corrects for self-citations.

Majid Ahmadi, Ahmet Alpas, Hoda ElMaraghy, Reuben Hackam, Henry Hu, Hon Keung Kwan, Derek Northwood and Dean Mehrdad Saif have been recognized for their valuable contributions to the engineering field.

“I am honoured to be on the list of the top two per cent of engineers in the world,” said Dr. Saif. “It is also an honour to be in the company of 27 other past or present distinguished scholar colleagues and friends from the University of Windsor. I congratulate them all for their notable research accomplishments and look to see more members of our university community joining the list in future years.”

Fifteen of the UWindsor researchers on the list are from the Faculty of Science. Also on the list are two former business professors and three from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

—Sarah Sacheli