Ariel Chan

Ariel Chan


Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Ph.D. (Queen’s), P.Eng.
Room WB24 | Tel: 416-978-4320 | Email:



Honours & Awards

Northrop Frye Award, University of Toronto, 2023

Bill Burgess Teacher of the Year Award for Large Classes, University of Toronto, 2023

The Wighton Fellowship, The Sandford Fleming Foundation (National), 2022

Diran Basmadjian Teacher of the Year Award for Small Classes, University of Toronto, 2019

Dean’s Emerging Innovation in Teaching Professorships, University of Toronto, 2018-2021

Technology Enhanced Active Learning Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2018-2021

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratory 2009-2011


Research Interests

Experiential learning and laboratory curriculum design, Process scale-up simulation safety Analysis, VR/AR immersive technology development for education and process safety training, and data science for EDI and engineering education.


Selected Publications

  1. Chan AW. Liu Q. G. Norval. A Pitchika. D. Bolarin. Student Data Analytics in Engineering Education: Lessons Learned from a Canadian Engineering School. Canadian Engineering Education Association. 2023
  2. Norval G. and Chan AW. 2022. Gender Differentials on Academic Performance and Lifelong Learning Attribute in Chemical Engineering. Journal of Chemical Education. 99(1): 252–258.
  3. Chan AW, Farmer J, Harvel G, Gould K, Masotti L. 2022. Enhancing Health and Safety Education in Post-Secondary Academia – A Panel's perspective considering innovation for Inclusion, Diversity, Decolonization, Equity and Access. Canadian Engineering Education Association.
  4. Farmer J. and Chan AW. Development of In-Home and Virtual Reality Labs to Support Individualized Learning. 105th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. 2022.
  5. Chan AW. 2021. Cultivating Lifelong Learners for Ever-Changing Workplace. Minerva Seminar Series. (October 6, 2021).
  6. Wulff D, Chan AW, Liu Q, Gu FX, Aucoin MG. 2020. Characterizing internal cavity modulation of corn starch microcapsules. Heliyon. 6(10):e05294.
  7. Chan AW. And Hao L. 2021. Development of Semi-Quantitative PSA Approach for the Pilot-Scale Processes in the Unit Operations Laboratory. Center for Chemical Process Safety – AIChE. (September 9, 2021).
  8. Farmer J. and Chan AW. Fostering Integrated Learning: Vertical Laboratory Education Integration Via Biodiesel Production. IUPAC| CCCE 2021: The 48th World Chemistry Congress and 104th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition.
  9. Chan AW. Interactive 360o virtual tour and 3D P&ID to improve laboratory learning experience. The 70th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Ottawa, 2020 (Virtual Conference).