Posts Categorized: News 2019

Prof. Graeme Norval presents on teaching safety in engineering education at CRAIM AGM in Montreal

From left to right: Pierre Drolet, Vice-President, Industrial management Systems, Air Liquide, Professor Graeme Norval,
Robert Reiss, directeur du comité technique, CRAIM,
Dimitri Tsingakis (Président) Association Industrielle de l’Est de Montréal.

On January 30, 2020, Professor Graeme Norval gave an invited talk at the CRAIM (Conseil Pour la Reduction des Accidents Industriel Majeur) Annual General Meeting in Montreal. He presented on teaching safety in engineering education and discussed the link between safety, professionalism and engineering ethics. He demonstrated where these practices could be added as well as the e-learning products available to instructors.

Now Hiring! Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) – Design, Safety, and Fundamentals in Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto invites applications for a teaching stream appointment in the area of Design, Safety and Fundamentals in Chemical Engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. The expected start date is July 1, 2020.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, which will include developing and delivering core aspects of our curriculum including chemical engineering design, safety and fundamentals. The candidate will deliver these key components within undergraduate core courses and technical electives and also may have the opportunity to teach graduate courses. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing department strengths. We also expect that the successful candidate will be actively engaged in pedagogy and lead positive change in our educational programs that facilitate the evolution of the chemical engineering discipline in Canada and around the world. As part of that, the successful candidate will be expected to actively participate in and strengthen the Canadian chemical engineering community in industry, post-secondary education and government.

Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, course materials, and teaching evaluations). Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead, signed and scanned) sent directly to Professor D. Grant Allen via email at All application materials, including reference letters, should be received by March 2 , 2020.

For more information and to apply:

ChemE Future Leaders: Shariq Naveed (ChemE 2T1+PEY)

The youngest member of a tightknit family, Shariq Naveed (ChemE 2T1+PEY) was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Needless to say, it was a big decision to leave his family behind to pursue his studies at U of T, but one he is definitely happy to have made. “Moving to a new country for university was a little daunting at first, but has been such an amazing adventure so far.” Before coming to the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Shariq excelled at his high school in Pakistan, being named Student of the Year prior to graduation. “I’ve always been a very social person, and I love being involved in different clubs. I’m a class representative for U of T’s student chapter of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE). I’m also a member of the Skule Art Club executive, and a co-director for the University of Toronto Engineering Kompetition (UTEK). I love mentorship, so I’ve been a part of the ChemE Mentorship Club as a mentor for three first year students.” Shariq has also spent time teaching in underprivileged schools, leading welfare projects for small villages and making craft products to sell at fundraisers. He has also been a WWF eco-intern where he was able to explore his interest in environmental issues.

What made you choose ChemE?

I have always had a love for science, and in particular for chemistry. It was my strongest subject growing up. But I’m also very interested in working in industry. Chemical engineering seemed like the perfect way for me to pursue my passion for chemistry while still having plenty of opportunities to apply the skills I’m developing to real world problems. Chemical engineering is a vast field with so many different career paths to choose from, which is something I’m finding really exciting as I start looking for a PEY placement.

How has your experience in ChemE prepared you for PEY Co-op and beyond?

Starting university as an international student was a big leap for me. Initially, it was a bit of a struggle in terms of getting used to a new city and country, keeping up with my classes, and getting used to the weather in Canada! I feel like I’ve grown so much as a student over the past two years. In particular, ChemE has taught me how to manage multiple deadlines without feeling overwhelmed. I’ve also been exposed to so much group work that I think I’ve become so much better at collaborating and interpersonally.

What industry would you like to work in and why?

I would like to work in a polymer plant or in the food production industry, specifically in manufacturing. Taking courses like Organic Chemistry, Process Dynamics and Process Engineering provided a stepping stone for me to pursue these fields. Currently I am taking the Applied Polymer Chemistry (IV) course and will take the Food Engineering course next semester to further enhance my knowledge and expertise on these topics. I’m really intrigued by manufacturing because it ties what I’ve learned in university to real-world applications. I also hope to pursue a minor in advanced manufacturing. I think it will be really exciting and rewarding to have a positive impact on the lives of so many different people by helping to create the products they use on a day-to-day basis.

Why should somebody hire you?

I am a keen learner, and I love taking on new challenges. When I’m assigned a task, I put everything I have into making sure that it’s done properly. I believe that I work really well with others, and that enable me to settle in well in a variety of different environments. I enjoy working on group projects, and I’m very detail oriented. Constantly improving is important to me, and you know you’re always going to get my best effort on anything I’m assigned.


Interested in hiring a Professional Experience Year Co-op student? Click the link to learn more about U of T’s PEY Co-op program.

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By raising lab coats to the rafters, U of T biomedical engineering lab celebrates its student MVPs

Baker, McLean and Wang aren’t exactly household names but they have a special place in the memories of researchers in University Professor Molly Shoichet’s (ChemE, IBBME) lab.

They’re among the former University of Toronto PhD student all-stars whose names appear on the back of lab coats hanging from pillars in Shoichet’s laboratory on the fifth floor of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research.

For 15 years and counting, Shoichet and her students have celebrated PhD candidates who successfully defend their theses by unveiling a white coat with their name and graduation year on the back. Then they hang the spotless lab coats in the same way the Maple Leafs and other sports teams raise a veteran player’s jersey to the rafters. Read the full U of T Engineering News story.

ChemE Future Leaders: Sargol Okhovatian (ChemE 1T9+PEY)

After immigrating to Canada from Iran to pursue a degree in engineering at Ryerson University, Sargol Okhovatian (ChemE 1T9+PEY) transferred to U of T to pursue the most extensive engineering education on offer. Now in her fourth year at ChemE, Sargol has learned immensely from her invaluable experiences working in labs and during her PEY Co-op for the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks. With her past experience in both research and in the workplace, she is now looking for opportunities to apply her technical skills towards solving real life issues to have a positive impact on society.

What brought you to U of T?
Starting in 2013, I spent two years at the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran majoring in Chemical Engineering. After that, I decided to immigrate to Canada by transferring to Ryerson University. After my first year at Ryerson University, I transferred to the University of Toronto because I wanted to obtain a more in-depth education. The deciding factor was to study in a more rigorous environment where I could tailor my degree to my career goals, either in industry or in grad school. What really drew me to U of T were the professors. ChemE has some of the best professors in the world. U of T Engineering alumni also have very high rates of employment after graduation, which was also really important to me.

What’s something you’re especially proud from your time so far at ChemE?
I am currently working on my Plant Design project, which requires innovative design for upscaling a new wastewater treatment plant utilizing a newly discovered process studied by Professor Frank Gu at U of T. Alberta is the world’s third largest oil sand reserve and Oil Sand Process-affected Water (OSPW) is one of the major byproducts of this process. It is extremely toxic to the environment and cannot be discharged without proper treatment. Oil sands mining operations are licensed to take 445 million cubic metres of water per year from the Athabasca River and least 90% of this water ends up as OSPW, a toxic wastewater in tailing ponds. Methods to treat OSPW are limited, and none of them have been successful in operating in the large scale which resulted in accumulation of OSPW in tailing ponds. Our Plant Design project will provide an innovative treatment system, enabling us to treat up to 5000 cubic metres of OSPW per day and solve the wastewater issue.

What are some highlights of your experience so far?
The opportunities I have had for hands-on experience have been the most memorable for me. I have worked in the Laboratory of Complex Fluids under Professor Arun Ramchandran in the past. Currently, I’m working in the Laboratory of Functional Tissue Engineering on my thesis project, under Professor Milica Radisic. Each of these experiences have influenced me as an aspiring engineer. I also had the chance to work with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks for my PEY Co-op, which introduced me to work in resource conservation, and helped to develop my technical skills and my ability to communicate effectively in the workplace.

Interested in hiring a Professional Experience Year Co-op student? Click the link to learn more about U of T’s PEY Co-op program.

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ChemE alumni featured in annual U of T Engineering Holiday Gift Guide

Gift ideas designed by U of T Engineering alumni and students



From glasses that help you sleep better, to customizable ambient lighting, ‘tis the season for engineering-inspired gifts. We’ve rounded up items designed by U of T Engineering alumni and students that will please everyone on your list.

This year’s list features holiday gift ideas from ChemE alums, including:

  • Natural skincare products from NIU BODY (rebranded to Three Ships in August 2020), co-founded by Laura Burget (ChemE 1T6);
  • Tours of Rorschach Brewing Company, co-founded by Matthew Reiner, Chris Ristevski and Mohan Pandit (all ChemE 1T0);
  • Dog leashes and collars that help to rescue animals from Plover, founded by Christian Marcello (ChemE 1T8);
  • Alkaline batteries to power all of your holiday gadgets, developed by Lewis Urry (ChemE 5T0).

Click here to see the full U of T Engineering Holiday Gift Guide

Now Hiring! Assistant Professor – Sustainable Water Processing for the Resource Industry

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry invites applications for a tenure stream appointment in advanced approaches and technologies for water treatment (recovery-purification-recycle) and management for the natural resource sector. We have a specific interest in applications relating to the mining, metals, environmental, or oil and gas industries. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with an expected start date of July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

The candidate’s expertise will be expected to complement our existing strengths in the Institute for Water Innovation (IWI), the Pulp and Paper Centre, BioZone, the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE), and the Centre for Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Engineering (CARTE) among many other centres at the University of Toronto (see below for details). A track record and interest in collaboration across multiple disciplines (e.g., engineering, physical and environmental sciences, computer science and social sciences) is a key element of the position.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below. Please include the following materials: a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a statement of research vision with a five to ten year horizon (three to five pages); up to three sample publications; as well as, a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and if available sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above. If you have any questions about this position, please contact All application materials must be submitted online. Please combine attachments into one file in PDF or Word formats. Submission guidelines can be found at Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference (signed and on letterhead) to be sent directly by the referees to by February 18, 2020.

For more information and to apply:


Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9) and Sandra Odendahl (ChemE 9T0) featured in Engineers Canada 30 Years Later project

On Dec. 6, 1989, a gunman walked into École Polytechnique de Montréal and killed 14 women. During the rampage, the man, who had failed to gain admission to the university, shouted, “You’re all a bunch of feminists and I hate feminists!”

Most of those women were studying to be engineers. The brutal, targeted mass shooting hit close to home for other female engineering students of the same generation.

As part of its 30 Years Later project commemorating the victims of the Montreal Massacre, Engineers Canada profiled 30 women who were deeply touched by the event, but persevered to advance their life’s work and to positively impact the lives and communities around them.

Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9), Senior Advisor, Clients and Industries, at Bennett Jones LLP and Chair, U of T Governing Council is featured in the Engineers Canada 30 Years Later project.






Sandra Odendahl (ChemE 9T0), Vice-president of Social Impact and Sustainability at Scotiabank, and a graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry is also featured in the Engineers Canada 30 Years Later project. Sandra also spoke with CBC to discuss how the shooting affected her at the time, and her ability to succeed in an industry still dominated by men (scroll down to read Sandra’s profile):


ChemE Future Leaders: Ahris Mo (ChemE 2T0+PEY)

Studying at U of T has been a longtime dream for Ahris Mo (ChemE 2T0+PEY). She may have taken a longer route to get here than she originally anticipated, but now that she’s with ChemE she isn’t looking back. Ahris was initially accepted as a student to U of T back in 2015, but was unable to accept the offer due to personal reasons. Instead, she attended General First-Year Engineering at the University of Manitoba. “I had always admired U of T Engineering for its reputation, and being a student here had been a long-time aspiration of mine. After my first year at Manitoba, I realized that I really wanted to pursue a degree in chemical engineering which wasn’t offered there. I briefly looked at some other departments, but it became really clear that ChemE was the right department for me all along. It was an easy decision to transfer to U of T once I was sure that chemical engineering would be my focus moving forward.”

What was your experience with the transfer process like?

“It was very straightforward. I just needed to provide transcripts from both high school and the University of Manitoba. The instructions on the U of T website were very easy to follow and did not give me any trouble at all. I really appreciated being able to concentrate on the transition to Toronto rather than on a bunch of complicated paperwork. It made the transition that much easier.”

What are some highlights of your experience at U of T so far?

“U of T has really allowed me to decide on my program at a very reasonable pace while I discover what I’m most interested in studying. Even after deciding on a program, we can still change our minds and the process is very straightforward. For me, there was no pressure and I was able to decide on what I was truly interested in with knowledge from the personal experiences I had created in class and outside of it. I especially appreciate the many workshops and career fairs that are held by U of T Engineering to jumpstart the job searching process.”

What does the future hold for you?

“I will be back in school as a full-time student next September. My goal is to successfully complete my PEY Co-op and finish my fourth year. After that, I hope to come back to the current company I work for in Sarnia because I really enjoy this job and I know that there is so much more for me to learn from this position.”

Ahris is currently completing a PEY Co-op placement at Imperial Oil’s Sarnia refinery as a BC&I Junior Technical Contact. There, she is responsible for working with technical, economic, and other various departments with data analysis and programming, field checks, and other projects in collaboration with interns from across the facility. After graduating, Ahris would like to continue to work in oil and gas.


Interested in hiring a Professional Experience Year Co-op student? Click the link to learn more about U of T’s PEY Co-op program.

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2019 CSChE Sector Information Night

sector info night 2019

From L-R: Darren Rodenhizer, Mark Angelo, Firas Ghazali, Cathy Grant, and Fernando Carou. Photo taken by Adam A. Lam.

On Wednesday, November 27, The U of T Student Chapter of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) held its annual Sector Information Night. The following alumni returned to share their experiences and transitions from school to industry to a packed room of ChemE undergraduate students:

  • Darren Rodenhizer (ChemE 1T3, PhD 1T8) – Business Development Lead at AmacaThera
  • Mark Angelo (ChemE 0T3) – CEO at LMC Healthcare
  • Firas Ghazali (ChemE 1T6) – Consultant at Deloitte
  • Cathy Grant (ChemE 8T7) – Principal at C&S Grant Environmental Consulting Inc.
  • Fernando Carou (ChemE 9T4) – Manager of Environment & Energy at the City of Toronto

Due to the success of the event, CSChE will host a second Sector Information Night in the winter semester. Please watch out for details!

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