Catherine Burns is a Systems Design Engineering Professor and the Director of the Advanced Interface Design Lab at the University of Waterloo. She is also the Executive Director, Health Initiatives and Sponsored Research at the University of Waterloo, and a Canada Research Chair. She conducts research in Ecological Interface Design, cognitive work analysis, and graphical interface design and visualization, which has been applied in military systems, healthcare, power plant control, and oil and gas refining. In 2015, Catherine was elected a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Catherine holds editorial board and associate editor positions with 5 of the most prestigious journals in her field.