Ling, Thompson named among elite engineers

Computer Science professor Charles X. Ling and former Western Chancellor John Thompson, BESc’66, LLD’94, along with 48 other distinguished engineers, were recently inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Ling is an internationally known scholar in machine learning, data mining and big data analytics, and applications of data mining. In recent years, he led his team to create a novel plaVorm for people with Type 2 diabetes, called GlucoGuide, via the use of data mining, software engineering and mobile technologies. A clinical trial with diabetic patients showed very positive results. He is founder and CEO of a start-up company, which strives to bring benefit to the millions of people with diabetes, and reduce medical costs for corporations and insurance companies.

Thompson, a former IBM and TD Bank executive, is a longtime supporter of Western, funding scholarships and awards, the John M. Thompson Chair in Engineering Leadership and Innovation, as well as campus-defining structures like the Thompson Engineering Building. Most recently, he served as Western’s 20th chancellor from 2008-12, in addition to serving on the President’s Council, chairing the Western Engineering’s Advisory Board and co-chairing Western’s Renaissance Campaign from 1989-94.