Professor Michael Carter is the recipient of the prestigious 2023 Julian C. Smith Medal from the Engineering Insititute of Canada. This award is bestowed upon an individual for their exceptional achievements in the development of Canada.
Professor Carter first joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1981 and is the Founding Director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering (in 2009).
Since 1989, his research focus has been in the area of health care resource modeling. As of October 2021, he has supervised 28 Ph.D. students and 109 Masters and directed more than 313 undergraduate engineering students in over 139 projects with industry partners. Professor Carter has over 150 former students working in healthcare in Toronto. He is cross appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation.
He is the recipient of many awards including the Annual Practice Prize from the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) four times (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2009, the CORS Award of Merit for lifetime contributions to Canadian Operational Research (2000), the Northrup Frye Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Toronto Alumni Association (2019) and the U of T “President’s Impact Award” for his contributions to improving healthcare in Canada (2021).
He is on the editorial board for the journals “Health Care Management Science”, “Operations Research for Health Care”, “Health Systems” and “IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems”. He is an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto and a member of the Faculty Advisory Council for the University of Toronto Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He is member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and in 2013, he was inducted as a Fellow of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). In 2018, he became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Professor Carter will be presented with the award at the 2023 EIC Awards Gala in April. View the EIC news release.