Alumni News

ChemE Ph.D. Pratish Gawand making tastebuds – and the planet – happier with startup Ardra Inc.

By Michael Martino | May 23, 2024 | Comments Off on ChemE Ph.D. Pratish Gawand making tastebuds – and the planet – happier with startup Ardra Inc.

Natural ingredients may seem better for the planet, but that’s not always the case. Consider rose oil. It takes thousands of kilograms of rose petals to extract a single kilogram of the popular fragrance ingredient. “If a multinational cosmetics or consumer goods company said tomorrow, ‘We’re not going to use any artificial rose oil,’ we […]

PhD graduate Natashya Falcone pioneers hydrogel breakthroughs in cancer therapy at Terasaki Institute

By Michael Martino | September 28, 2023 | Comments Off on PhD graduate Natashya Falcone pioneers hydrogel breakthroughs in cancer therapy at Terasaki Institute

Natashya Falcone (ChemE PhD), a recent ChemE PhD graduate, specializes in peptide-based hydrogel materials with diverse applications. Her research delved into stimuli-responsive properties, such as pH and temperature sensitivity, along with their biocompatibility. Notably, she explored hydrogels for enzyme support, stem cell matrices, and controlled drug delivery systems. Her work garnered prestigious awards like NSERC-CGS-D […]

ChemE alumnus John Lo founds first-of-its-kind non-profit, voluntary carbon credit standard organization

By Michael Martino | September 28, 2023 | Comments Off on ChemE alumnus John Lo founds first-of-its-kind non-profit, voluntary carbon credit standard organization

John Lo (ChemE 9T1 + PEY) began his career in the energy sector after graduating from ChemE before transitioning to focus on sustainability. He recently founded the Asia Carbon Institute (ACI), a non-profit organization that focuses on certifying and registering carbon credits, particularly in technology-based and urban projects. His shift from energy to sustainability was […]

Innovative and sustainable transportation and logistics solutions: Lamya Ezzeldin

By Michael Martino | August 31, 2023 | Comments Off on Innovative and sustainable transportation and logistics solutions: Lamya Ezzeldin

Lamya Ezzeldin (ChemE 1T5) applies the methodical approach to problem solving she learned while pursuing her Chemical Engineering degree at U of T to her current role in product management at startup GoBolt, a sustainable, tech-forward fulfillment and last mile delivery logistics provider. After graduating from ChemEng and securing a job at Procter & Gamble […]

From uncertainty to success: The inspiring journey of chemical engineer and entrepreneur, Constantine Karayannopoulos

By Jennifer Hsu | July 27, 2023 | Comments Off on From uncertainty to success: The inspiring journey of chemical engineer and entrepreneur, Constantine Karayannopoulos

In a compelling story of determination, passion, and triumph, Constantine Karayannopoulos (ChemE 8T3, MASc 8T8), a prominent figure in the materials technology industry, shares his extraordinary journey from uncertain high school days to becoming a celebrated chemical engineer and successful entrepreneur. Through his experiences and invaluable insights, he offers inspiration and guidance to current chemical […]

PEO CEO/Registrar shares insights on her career and future goals

By Jennifer Hsu | July 25, 2023 | Comments Off on PEO CEO/Registrar shares insights on her career and future goals

In a world where science and passion converge, Jennifer Quaglietta (ChemE 0T5 + PEY + MEY + Skoll) emerges as a true leader, reshaping the landscape of engineering and inspiring a new generation of professionals. As the new CEO/Registrar of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), her visionary leadership transcends the conventional boundaries of her chemical engineering […]

ChemE alumna Caitlin Maikawa appointed assistant professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering

By Michael Martino | July 20, 2023 | Comments Off on ChemE alumna Caitlin Maikawa appointed assistant professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Caitlin Maikawa (ChemE 1T6) recently joined the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto as an assistant professor. After studying at U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Maikawa went on to complete her PhD at Stanford University under the supervision of Professor Eric Appel. During this time, she tackled […]

Li-Cycle, the Canadian company at the forefront of EV battery recycling, readies for its big test

By Jennifer Hsu | June 29, 2023 | Comments Off on Li-Cycle, the Canadian company at the forefront of EV battery recycling, readies for its big test

The Canadian company at the forefront of the burgeoning lithium-ion battery-recycling industry is facing one of its biggest tests – and has a chance to assert its dominance over an increasingly crowded field of competitors. Li-Cycle Corp. LICY-N, co-founded by Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3) which is headquartered in Toronto and launched operations in Kingston, has […]

Passionate alum from ChemE launches innovative pet food company

By Jennifer Hsu | June 28, 2023 | Comments Off on Passionate alum from ChemE launches innovative pet food company

Sofia Bonilla (ChemE PhD 1T7), an accomplished alum from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto, has taken her expertise in microbiology, environmental science, and chemical engineering to revolutionize the pet food industry in Canada. Driven by her passion for animal welfare and sustainability, Sofia founded HOPE Pet Food, […]

Daryl Wilson: Shaping a sustainable future

By Jennifer Hsu | June 22, 2023 | Comments Off on Daryl Wilson: Shaping a sustainable future

Daryl Wilson, a distinguished 1982 alumnus from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) at U of T, has emerged as a visionary international business leader at the forefront of the hydrogen revolution. With a remarkable background in spearheading successful organizations and championing environmental and sustainability initiatives, Daryl has achieved significant milestones and […]