Catherine Rosenberg

Rolling in the Deep Blue

In this life, she's a computer engineer. In an alternate life, she might be an opera singer.


Catherine Rosenberg is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet at the University of Waterloo.  We asked her everything from what she is reading to what natural talent she wished she possessed to give you a better understanding of what goes on outside the lab for one of the best minds in Canadian research.

What do you like most about your work?
Freedom, flexibility, choosing on what I work on, and choosing my own collaborators.

How will your research make a difference in people’s lives?
The internet has shaped the past 20 years and will continue reshaping the way we live.

What advice would you give to young researchers?
Focus on quality and on relevant problems, take risks, work in teams, and stick to a community (at the beginning).

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My kids.

What do you read?
Newspapers, French books, and Sci-Fi. I love the book: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

What natural talent would you like to be gifted with?
A nice voice to sing

What’s on your ipod/CD collection/turntable?
Opera and Adele

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?

If you could do any profession other than your own what would it be?

What do you like to do for fun?
Movies, museums, traveling, exhibitions, and meeting friends.

Do you have a favourite motto/words to live by?
Treat others the way you want to be treated.