Honours & Awards

Alumna Jeanette Southwood named Honorary Captain by Royal Canadian Navy

April 19, 2021

Alumna Jeanette Southwood (ChemE 8T6, ChemE MASc 8T8) was named an Honorary Captain (Navy) of the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). Canadians who receive this an honorary designation are appointed by the Minister of National Defence and are leaders in their respective fields and take on the role of… Read more »

ChemE students and alumni place second in Water Environment Association of Ontario design competition

April 14, 2021

A multidisciplinary team of U of T Engineering alumni and students, including three from ChemE, placed second in the 2021 Water Environment Association of Ontario student design competition. Yourong Li (ChemE MEng 2T1), Yucong Shi (ChemE 1T9 + PEY, CivE MASc 2T2), Menghong (Freya) Wu (CivE MASc 2T2), Shuyi (Yvonne) Zhang (ChemE 1T9 + PEY,… Read more »

Professor Charles Jia named 2021 Chemical Institute of Canada Fellow

April 14, 2021

Professor Charles Jia (ChemE) was named one of five 2021 Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) fellows for his outstanding contributions across multiple areas including: Scientific, Engineering and Technical Contributions, CIC, CSC, CSChE, CSCT Activities, Management of Science, Engineering or Technology, and Teaching, Mentorship, and Public Awareness. Dr. Charles Jia is a professor in the Department… Read more »

Alicia Hill-Turner named 2019-20 PEY Co-op Student of the Year

April 13, 2021

Alicia Hill-Turner (ChemE 2T0 + PEY) was recognized as one of two 2019-20 PEY Co-op Students of the Year by the Engineering Career Centre. This award recognizes a PEY Co-op student who demonstrated excellence in the workplace as an outstanding member of their employer’s team. Employers nominate students for this award. Alicia is a fourth… Read more »

Professor Gisele Azimi honoured by Faculty with Early Career Teaching Award

April 9, 2021

Sixteen Engineering faculty and staff have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to U of T Engineering with teaching, research, and administrative staff awards. These awards recognize exceptional faculty and staff members for their leadership, citizenship, innovation and contributions to the Faculty’s teaching, service, and research missions. This year, Professor Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) was… Read more »

Professor Milica Radisic honoured by Faculty with Safwat Zaky Research Leader Award

April 9, 2021

Sixteen Engineering faculty and staff have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to U of T Engineering with teaching, research, and administrative staff awards. These awards recognize exceptional faculty and staff members for their leadership, citizenship, innovation and contributions to the Faculty’s teaching, service, and research missions. This year, Professor Milica Radisic (ChemE, BME) was… Read more »

Dan Tomchyshyn honoured by Faculty with Agnes Kaneko Citizenship Award

April 9, 2021

Sixteen Engineering faculty and staff have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to U of T Engineering with teaching, research, and administrative staff awards. These awards recognize exceptional faculty and staff members for their leadership, citizenship, innovation and contributions to the Faculty’s teaching, service, and research missions. This year, Dan Tomchyshyn, ChemE Network Administrator, was… Read more »

Sandra Odendahl receives Ontario Professional Engineers Award

April 7, 2021

ChemE alumna Sandra Odendahl (ChemE MASc 9T0) has been honoured by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) with the 2021 Professional Engineers Ontario Citizenship Award, given to an engineer who has made significant volunteer contributions to the community.  Throughout her career, Odendahl has championed sustainability and innovation in industry and finance, leveraging her knowledge… Read more »

Professors Levente Diosady and Emma Master receive 2021 Connaught Innovation Awards

March 29, 2021

Professor Levente Diosady (ChemE) and Professor Emma Master (ChemE) are among seven U of T Engineering recipients of the 2021 Connaught Innovation Awards. This award recognizes and supports innovations that have strong socio-economic or commercial potential. A total of 10 research teams from across U of T sharing up to $500,000 in funding in this… Read more »

Five ChemE students awarded Hatch/FASE Graduate Scholarship

March 26, 2021

Five ChemE MASc and PhD candidates have received the 2021 Hatch/FASE Graduate Scholarship sponsored by Hatch Inc. and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. The scholarship was created to fund the research and training of world-class researchers and engineers studying the recovery and application of sustainably derived energy. This year, five ChemE graduate students… Read more »

Kimberly Watada receives 2020 CEMF Rona Hatt Chemical Engineering Award

March 22, 2021

Kimberly Watada (ChemE Year 3) is the recipient of the 2020 Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) Rona Hatt Chemical Engineering Award. Each year, CEMF selects several women to act as Ambassadors for the engineering profession and to serve as role models for other young women. Ambassadors are selected based on their enthusiasm for engineering, involvement… Read more »

Seven ChemE students receive 2021 University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards

February 11, 2021

Seven ChemE students have been awarded a 2021 University of Toronto Student Leadership Award (UTSLA). The University of Toronto Student Leadership Award continues U of T’s long-standing tradition of recognizing outstanding student leadership, service, and commitment to the university:   Esmeralda Bukuroshi (ChemE PhD 2T1) “I recently defended my PhD thesis on material engineering for organic… Read more »

Professor Molly Shoichet awarded Chemical Institute of Canada Medal

February 11, 2021

University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly) has been named the 2021 recipient of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Medal. The CIC Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada, this is the… Read more »

Two ChemE entrepreneurs receive funding for solutions-based social enterprises

January 27, 2021

Sofia Bonilla (ChemE PhD 1T7) and Patrick Diep (ChemE PhD candidate) are among 18 U of T students and alumni who received inaugural funding through the Lo Family Social Venture Fund to take their start-ups to the next level. The Fund supports solutions-based social enterprises, which have the potential to positively impact the global community…. Read more »

Five ChemE faculty members receive Innovation at Interfaces funding for sustainable research projects

January 20, 2021

Five ChemE faculty members were announced as inaugural winners of Innovation at Interfaces (I@I) funding awarded by the University of Toronto’s Low-Carbon Renewable Materials Centre (LCRMC). Overall, eight teams comprised of 14 innovative researchers were selected to receive the seed funding co-funded by the LCRMC and their respective department. This amounts to a total award… Read more »

University Professor Elizabeth Edwards appointed to the Order of Canada

January 4, 2021

Story by Carolyn Farrell University Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s most prestigious honours. The second cohort of new appointees for 2020 was announced today by Governor General Julie Payette (ECE MASc 9T0). As the Canada Research Chair in Anaerobic Biotechnology, Edwards is a pioneer in advancing… Read more »

Professor Krishna Mahadevan Awarded Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Systems Engineering

December 16, 2020

Professor Krishna Mahadevan has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Systems Engineering. This news was made public after a historic announcement by the federal CRC program which includes $195 million for 259 new and renewed Chairs attracting global talent and increasing diversity in Canada research. Established in 2000, the federal CRC program invests… Read more »

Professor Ning Yan Elected Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada

December 16, 2020

Story by Carolyn Farrell, U of T Engineering News Professor Ning Yan (ChemE) has been elected a 2021 Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, in recognition of exceptional contributions to engineering and service to the profession and society. Yan is the University of Toronto Distinguished Professor in Forest Biomaterials Engineering and the former Chair… Read more »

ChemE student earns prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship — a U of T Engineering first

December 15, 2020

Fletcher Han (ChemE 2T0 + PEY) has been selected to join the Class of 2022 Schwarzman Scholars, making him the first U of T Engineering student to receive the scholarship and the fifth U of T student to be selected. The prestigious graduate fellowship is awarded annually by Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing…. Read more »

Molly Shoichet named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada

December 1, 2020

Story by Liz Do, U of T Engineering News University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly) has been named one of the Top 100 most powerful women in Canada by Women’s Executive Network (WXN). The list recognizes the country’s highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. “It is a great honour to be included among… Read more »

ChemE alumna Laura Burget named winner of 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Awards in Micro-Business Category

November 27, 2020

Three Ships, an all-natural skincare company co-founded by alumna Laura Burget (ChemE 1T6), continues to make waves in the business world as Burget and co-founder Connie Lo, were named winners of the 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Awards in the Micro Business Category out of more than 8,600 nominations. For 28 years, the RBC Canadian… Read more »

University Professor Molly Shoichet receives Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, Canada’s highest honour for science and engineering research

November 10, 2020

Story by Liz Do, U of T Engineering News University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly Centre), a world-leading researcher in tissue engineering, has received the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering — Canada’s most prestigious award for science and engineering research. The  Herzberg Gold Medal is awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)… Read more »

Angela Tran awarded 2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award at 2020 EAN Awards

November 6, 2020

Eleven outstanding members of the U of T Engineering community were recognized Nov. 5 at the 2020 Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards. The evening awards ceremony, held virtually this year, celebrated alumni and students for their accomplishments and their contributions to the Skule™ community “The Faculty has just been amazing in its resilience, and tonight’s… Read more »

ChemE students and faculty take home top prizes at CCEC 2020 Virtual

November 6, 2020

From October 26 to October 30, 2020, ChemE students and faculty virtually attended and participated in the 70th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CCEC) hosted annually by the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC). Over 600 delegates representing 16 countries attended the conference. Attendees included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and industry experts. This year, ChemE… Read more »

Professor Molly Shoichet receives Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize

October 9, 2020

Four of Canada’s leading scientists in heart, brain and cancer research have been recognized by UBC’s Faculty of Medicine for their scientific accomplishments, and for their potential to make further contributions in their fields. University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly) was named the recipient of the 2020 Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize for her… Read more »

Professor William Cluett receives OCUFA Teaching Award

October 7, 2020

Story by Carolyn Farrell Professor William R. Cluett (ChemE) has been recognized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) with a 2020 OCUFA Teaching Award. This award recognizes university faculty who have made exceptional contributions to postsecondary education through teaching and leadership.   Cluett is currently the Director of the Division of Engineering Science. He has held several academic leadership roles in the Faculty, including Vice-Dean, First… Read more »

ChemE students take home top prizes at Hatchery’s 2020 Demo Day

September 23, 2020

Student-founded startup Themis co-founded by Amardeep Singh (MEng) — which leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline contract-drafting for lawyers — recently took home the top prize at the eighth-annual Hatchery Demo Day 2020, hosted by the Entrepreneurship Hatchery. The event is the culmination of the Hatchery Nest program, a four-month accelerator that connects student teams… Read more »

Professors Gisele Azimi and Arthur Chan awarded new Canada Research Chair positions

July 27, 2020

Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News Two U of T Engineering professors have been awarded new Canada Research Chairs. Professor Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) now holds the Canada Research Chair in Urban Mining Innovation, while Professor Arthur Chan (ChemE) is the new Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry and Health. Azimi’s research focuses on innovative ways to… Read more »

Three fourth-year ChemE students win second place in CSA Group Academic Challenge

June 25, 2020

Liam Donaghy, Kelly Low, Shashank Sharma, all Year 4 ChemE, were part of a U of T Engineering team that placed second in the 2020 CSA Group Academic Challenge. Every year, students participate in the CSA Group Academic Challenge by sharing forward-looking ideas and competitive proposals about industry practices and issues that are influenced by… Read more »

Professor Greg Evans inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Engineering Education Association

June 25, 2020

Professor Greg Evans (ChemE, ISTEP) is among four U of T Engineering professors inducted as inaugural Fellows of the Canadian Engineering Education Association. The honour recognizes noteworthy service to engineering education, engineering leadership, or engineering design education. The U of T Engineering inductees were among 21 engineering education professionals from across Canada in the association’s inaugural… Read more »

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