Honours & Awards

University Professor Michael Sefton elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering February 6, 2020-   University Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME) has been elected as an international member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the United States and globally; its members rank among the world’s most accomplished engineers. “On behalf of the Faculty, my warmest congratulations to Professor... Read more »
Prof. Doug Reeve elected fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada December 16, 2019- Professor Doug Reeve (ChemE) was among four U of T Engineering professors and one alumnus to be included in the latest cohort of individuals to be elected fellows of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). The appointments honour their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. “On behalf of the Faculty, congratulations to the new fellows... Read more »
Prof. Milica Radisic receives 2019 TERMIS Award for organ-on-a-chip technology December 5, 2019- On Thursday, December 5, Prof. Milica Radisic (ChemE/IBBME), Prof. Boyang Zhang (IBBME), and Dr. Yimu Zhao (ChemE/IBBME) received the 2019 Innovation & Commercialization Award presented by Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS) at the 2019 TERMIS-AM Annual Conference & Exhibition, being held from December 2-5 at the Loewes Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, Florida.... Read more »
ChemE students recognized at 10th annual Academic Excellence Breakfast November 28, 2019- On November 20, 2019, 233 University of Toronto student-athletes were recognized at the 10th annual Academic Excellence Breakfast, which was held at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. Twenty-three U of T Engineering undergraduate and graduate students were honoured at the event, including Zachary Frangos (ChemE 2T1) for Cross Country and  James Keane (ChemE... Read more »
Erin Ng (ChemE 2T3) wins gold at figure skating Fall Invitational as Varsity Blues take first overall November 27, 2019- The University of Toronto Varsity Blues figure skating team finished first overall at the 2019 fall invitational on Thursday, November 21 hosted by the Carleton Ravens in Ottawa. Erin Ng (ChemE 2T3) won the novice short event, and placed 6th in the senior similar pair with teammate Melanie Zavitski. The Blues finished with a combined... Read more »
OCCAM partner honoured at fourth annual U of T Engineering Partners’ Reception November 15, 2019- More than 150 industry and community leaders, government partners and faculty members gathered Nov. 13, 2019 at the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the U of T Engineering Partners’ Reception.   Now in its fourth year, the event celebrated the Faculty’s longstanding ties with over 400 industry partners across its six multidisciplinary innovation clusters. In the past year alone, the Faculty launched new strategic partnerships... Read more »
ChemE members receive Engineering Alumni Network Awards November 8, 2019- Engineering Alumni Medal First awarded in 1939, the Engineering Alumni Medal is the highest honour awarded by the Engineering Alumni Association. High achievement is the common thread that links past recipients of this medal. In their diverse careers, these individuals have demonstrated superior accomplishments and have responded with flair and excellence to the challenges they... Read more »
iGEM Toronto has strong showing at the 2019 International Genetically Engineered Machine Giant Jamboree November 7, 2019- On November 4, iGEM Toronto was awarded the distinction of Gold Medal Standard for their project Accelerating Industrial Plastic Degradation With PETase at the 2019 international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree. This was the first Gold Medal result for the team since 2013. iGEM Toronto’s project also received nomination for Best Project – Manufacturing... Read more »
ChemE students win top prizes at the 69th CCEC October 31, 2019- ChemE students performed extremely well at this year’s 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CCEC) hosted in Halifax from October 20-23, 2019. Kimberly Watada (ChemE 2T2) took home first-place and Judy Xia (ChemE 2T2) second-place in the Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition. This technical competition allows students to speak on any aspect of chemical engineering,... Read more »
Alum wins the 2019 CSChE Process Safety Management Award October 25, 2019- Marcello Oliverio (ChemE 8T2, MASc 8T6) is the recipient of the 2019 Process Safety Management (PSM) Award, which recognizes his outstanding contributions to the PSM field within Canada. He received the award at the 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, which took place in Halifax between October 20-23. Oliverio is a process safety technical specialist with... Read more »
International Pearson Scholar Urvi Verkhedkar on her first month in ChemE October 17, 2019- Since arriving in Toronto from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Urvi Verkhedkar (Year 1, ChemE) has already immersed herself in environmental advocacy efforts. “Getting involved in my passions has definitely been a highlight,” she says. Verkhedkar recently took part in Global Climate Strike Week events at U of T and in Toronto, and signed up to the... Read more »
Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3) named to list of Canada’s 2020 Clean16 leaders in sustainability October 9, 2019- Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3), President and CEO of Li-Cycle, has been named one of Canada’s 2020 Clean16 leaders in sustainability and clean technology, as part of Canada’s Clean50 Awards which are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals or teams, from 16 different categories, who have done... Read more »
Levente Diosady named winner of the 2019 R.S. Jane Memorial Award October 1, 2019- The R.S. Jane Memorial Award is presented annually by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering to a person, who, while residing in Canada has made an exceptional achievement to the field of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry. Levente L. Diosady is professor of food engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Toronto. His current... Read more »
Ali Khademhosseini (ChemE 9T9) elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada September 12, 2019- Ali Khademhosseini (ChemE 9T9, IBBME MASc 0T1) is one of 93 new Fellows in the Academies of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science to have been elected by their peers to the Royal Society of Canada. Khademhosseini holds faculty appointments in bioengineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Samueli School of Engineering, and... Read more »
Prof. Arun Ramchandran (ChemE) named 2019 winner of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award September 12, 2019- The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering recently announced Prof. Arun Ramchandran (ChemE) as the 2019 winner of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to chemical engineering while working in Canada. Arun Ramachandran, MCIC obtained his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai,... Read more »
Business leader and ChemE alumnus William Troost receives honorary degree for philanthropy, support of students June 19, 2019- The son of a Dutch farm labourer, William Troost didn’t have much money when he was growing up – which is why he speaks so highly of the scholarship he received to study engineering at the University of Toronto. “Without that award, I probably couldn’t have gone to university,” Troost has said of the J.... Read more »
Elizabeth Edwards named University Professor, U of T’s highest academic rank June 6, 2019- Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) has been appointed to the rank of University Professor. This is the University of Toronto’s highest academic rank, recognizing unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge. The number of such appointments is limited to 2% of the University’s tenured faculty. Edwards is a pioneer in bioremediation, a field that applies... Read more »
Prof. Milica Radisic receives Ontario Professional Engineers Research and Development Medal May 6, 2019- Five U of T Engineering professors and alumni have been honoured by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards. Among the winners is Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) who received the Research and Development Medal, for engineers who have advanced knowledge in engineering or applied... Read more »
Arthur Chan wins Early Career Teaching Award May 3, 2019- The U of T Engineering community gathered on Thursday, May 2 to recognize outstanding faculty and staff members for their leadership, innovation and contributions to the Faculty’s teaching, service and research missions at the 12th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence reception. Among those honoured was Prof. Arthur Chan, winner of the Early Career Teaching Award. The... Read more »
UTCV places 6th at AIChE Student Conference April 26, 2019- On March 31, the University of Toronto Chemical Vehicles (UTCV) design team competed in the 2019 Chem-E Car Competition at the Eckhardt Northeast Regional AIChE Student Conference, which took place at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. This is the second year that UTCV has participated in the competition and made the top 10! Last... Read more »
Molly Shoichet elected to Royal Society April 23, 2019- University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME, Donnelly) has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, the U.K.’s national academy of sciences. The organization is the world’s oldest scientific academy, and one of its most prestigious. “It’s a great honour to join this list of scholars whose work has shaped and changed our understanding... Read more »
Three ChemE students receive prestigious Cressy Awards for outstanding leadership April 23, 2019- Three ChemE students were presented with 2019 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards on Monday: Locke Davenport Huyer (IBBME/ChemE PhD 1T9), Molly Gorman (ChemE 1T8 + PEY), and Rosten Role (ChemE 1T8 + PEY). The students were recognized for their outstanding extra-curricular contributions to the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, U of T Engineering,... Read more »
Winter 2019 student winners April 2, 2019- On March 29, students, faculty, staff, alumni and industry friends came together to enjoy the 34th annual ChemE Dinner. Several students were recognized throughout the evening for their extracurricular and/or academic achievements. Leaders of Tomorrow Award Winners The Class of 8T2 Emerging Leaders Award in Chemical Engineering Saif Rjaibi (ChemE 2T1) has been an active... Read more »
Professors Alison McGuigan and Vladimiros Papangelakis among 2019 Connaught Innovation Award winners March 15, 2019- Professors Alison McGuigan and Vladimiros Papangelakis are among the 12 researchers at the University of Toronto that will share almost $600,000 in funding through the Connaught Innovation Award program, which recognizes and supports promising technologies that have strong socio-economic or commercial potential. “We extend our congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Connaught Innovation... Read more »
Molly Shoichet named a Distinguished Woman in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering February 15, 2019- University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) has been named a 2019 Distinguished Woman in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The recipients were announced Feb. 11 to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Shoichet is a renowned researcher working at the intersection of... Read more »
Professor Levente Diosady Named to the Order of Canada January 10, 2019- Professor Levente Diosady (ChemE) has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada “for his contributions to the science of food engineering, which has improved the lives of millions of people around the world.” He is widely recognized for his work on micronutrients — vitamins and minerals that are needed in small but regular... Read more »