Honours & Awards

MetSoc Sustainability Scholarship awarded to Shaihroz Khan for innovative research in sustainable nickel ore processing

August 3, 2023

MetSoc is pleased to announce the recipient of its prestigious Sustainability Scholarship. Shaihroz Khan, a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) at the University of Toronto, has been recognized for his outstanding commitment to advancing sustainable practices in the metallurgical and materials industry. Shaihroz’s exceptional dedication to sustainability and […]

Professor Milica Radisic awarded international Humboldt Research prize

July 27, 2023

Professor Milica Radisic (BME, ChemE) has been awarded the 2023 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.   Named for the famed naturalist, explorer and patron, the award honours the academic achievements of internationally recognized scientists and scholars from outside of Germany. Award winners are also invited to carry out their own research project in Germany for […]

Claire Kennedy, a leading tax lawyer and former Governing Council chair, receives honorary degree

June 20, 2023

In her professional life, Claire Kennedy helps clients navigate complex tax and business issues – skills she drew on during her many years as a member and then chair of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council. “The University of Toronto has been incredibly fortunate to have someone as skilled and accomplished as Claire Kennedy serving on Governing […]

ChemE’s 2023 Student Life Catalyst Award recipients announced

June 20, 2023

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Student Life Catalyst Awards. This departmental award recognizes outstanding final-year undergraduate and graduate students for their remarkable contributions to the ChemE student-life experience. The winners have demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership, and innovation, making a significant impact on […]

ChemE students win first place in Imperial College London’s Climate Investment Challenge

June 14, 2023

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto is thrilled to announce the remarkable achievement of two of its fourth-year students, Alton Rego and Kimberly Watada. Last Friday, Alton and Kimberly traveled to London to compete in the finale of Imperial College London’s prestigious Climate Investment Challenge, an international competition […]

Ning Yan elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

June 5, 2023

On June 5, 2023 the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) announced its 55 new Fellows, including Professor Ning Yan (ChemE) and 10 other members from the U of T Engineering community. Professor Yan is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Bioproducts at the University of Toronto. She is an internationally renowned expert in […]

Daniela Galatro named a 2023-25 Schwartz Reisman Institute Faculty Fellow

June 5, 2023

The Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society (SRI) is pleased to announce its 2023 fellowship recipients, with the appointment of four faculty fellows – including Professor Daniela Galatro (ChemE), and 16 graduate fellows from across the University of Toronto’s research community. Daniela Galatro is an Assistant Professor, Teaching in our department and an engineer […]

Winners of inaugural MEng Project of the Year Award announced!

May 31, 2023

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) is thrilled to announce the co-winners of the inaugural MEng Project of the Year Award: Naayaab Nagree and Tianjie Feng. This new award recognizes their exceptional contributions and groundbreaking research in their respective fields. Naayaab Nagree, a talented MEng student in the Food Engineering Research Group, […]

PhD student awarded prestigious fellowship for his vital research

May 24, 2023

Goutham Rangarajan, a ChemE PhD student, has been awarded the prestigious Climate Positive Energy Rising Stars Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellowship for his groundbreaking project, Catalytic Depolymerization of Polystyrene Waste into Valuable Phenolic Products using Visible-light Driven Photocatalysis and Green Solvents. This innovative research aims to revolutionize waste management practices and contribute to the global sustainability objectives. […]

PhD student wins Grand Prize in Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Competition

May 16, 2023

Nicole Tratnik, a brilliant PhD candidate from Professor Ning Yan’s Lab, has emerged as the Grand Prize Winner in the prestigious Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Competition, hosted by the Thermoset Resin Formulators Association. Nicole’s groundbreaking paper titled, Recyclable, self-strengthening starch-based epoxy vitrimer facilitated by exchangeable disulfide bonds, has enhanced the field of thermoset polymers, […]

Innovative research promotes self-regeneration of the brain following stroke

May 10, 2023

Nitzan Letko-Khait, a ChemE postdoctoral fellow from the Shoichet Lab, has won first place for her innovative project during the final pitch and closing session of the Mitacs Invention to Innovation (i2I) skills training. Her winning project, Helping the brain to self-regenerate, offers a potential treatment for stroke patients that could improve the quality of life […]

Elizabeth Edwards announced as the 2023-24 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer

April 27, 2023

The Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Foundation is pleased to announce that Professor Elizabeth Edwards from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) at U of T, has been selected as the 2023-24 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Edwards is a renowned scholar and expert in the field of environmental engineering […]

Three ChemE students receive U of T leadership award

April 27, 2023

Three exceptional students from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto have been recognized for their leadership and commitment to the university. Graduating fourth-year students Gehna Karani, Purushoth Thavendran, and Kimberly Watada were among the 18 U of T Engineering students who received the University of Toronto Student Leadership […]

ChemE staff member wins Innovation Award

April 26, 2023

The ChemE graduate office is now a more efficient and productive environment, and this is largely thanks to Iliana Sztainbok’s vision and hard work. In January 2022, when Iliana joined the department as its new Graduate Administrator, she observed that graduate-student data was being stored in multiple locations. She realized that this was hindering the […]

Jane Howe named a Battelle Distinguished Inventor

April 19, 2023

Professor Jane Howe (MSE, ChemE) is among 7 scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) who has been named a Battelle Distinguished Inventor. The honour recognizes scientists who have obtained 14 or more patents during their careers at the lab. The honorees join an elite group of inventors recognized by Battelle, […]

Spin-off company from the Shoichet Lab helps patients suffering from ocular disorders restore vision

April 18, 2023

On April 12, Mickael Dang, a PhD student from the Shoichet Lab, took home first place during the business plan competition at the TERMIS-AM conference 2023 in Boston, MA. Synakis, a new spinoff from the Shoichet Lab, develops SYNGEL, a hyaluronan-based hydrogel as a novel biomimetic vitreous substitute for the treatment of retinal detachment. It […]

Aseem Partap Singh Gill wins the 2021-22 PEY Co-op Student of the Year Award

April 13, 2023

The PEY Co-op Student of the Year Award recognizes a PEY Co-op student who demonstrated excellence in the workplace. Employers nominate students for this award. The 2021-22 winners were just announced. Two students were recognized including ChemE fourth-year student, Aseem Partap Singh Gill. Aseem spent his 2021-22 co-op term at the University of British Columbia […]

UTCV wins the Eckhardt Northeast Student Regional Chem-E-Car Competition once again!

April 6, 2023

On April 1 the University of Toronto Chemical Vehicles (UTCV) student group competed in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2023 Eckhardt Northeast Student Regional Chem-E-Car Competition. For the second year in a row, UTCV won first place, beating out teams from Clarkson, Cornell, McGill, and Yale just to name a few of their […]

ChemE Awards 2022-23

March 31, 2023

The 6th ChemE Exhibition & 37th Dinner on March 31, 2023 brought together close to 400 alumni, industry partners, faculty, staff, and students to celebrate the achievements of the past year. Congratulations to all of our 2022-23 ChemE Award recipients!   Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Professor James W. Smith LOT Award Pasindu (Freddie) Perera (ChemE 2T5 + PEY) Class […]

2nd-year students place 2nd at UTRAHacks 2023

March 30, 2023

UTRAHacks 2023 took place from March 18-19, 2023. The overnight robotics hackathon drew in the participation of 26 teams and consisted of two challenges. Autonomous vehicle challenge: Build and program a vehicle to complete obstacle courses using teleoperation and autonomous navigation. Open-ended design problem: Come up with and address a pervasive/serious real-world problem using robotics. […]

U of T Engineering grad students place 2nd in AI competition

March 30, 2023

On March 25, 2023, MASc students Harshitha Janakiraman (ChemE), Awwal Malhi (MIE), and Tushar Verma (MIE), supervised by Professor Yuri Lawryshyn (ChemE) participated in the 2022-23 IMI BIGDataAIHUB Case Competition. Their team, also consisting of Dhavalkumar Patel (MIE MEng student), placed 2nd out of 51 teams! “We want to extend our sincere gratitude to the […]

Ariel Chan receives the U of T Northrop Frye Award for faculty

March 23, 2023

Professor Ariel Chan has been chosen as the 2023 recipient of the University of Toronto Northrop Frye Award. The award honours a faculty member who has undertaken a teaching and learning project within the last five years that has significantly enhanced the undergraduate learning experience.   Chan, who is cross-appointed to the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering […]

Alumnae to receive U of T honorary degree

February 23, 2023

Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9) is among of group of 14 esteemed leaders in their fields who will receive an honorary degree from U of T this year. Claire is recognized as one of Canada’s leading tax lawyers and for her outstanding service to the university as a tireless advocate and volunteer. A senior adviser of […]

ChemE students place 2nd at the RBC Innovation Challenge

February 1, 2023

On January 27, Alton Rego (ChemE 2T2+PEY) and Kim Watada (ChemE 2T2+PEY) along with their teammates Neha Basra (MIE), Mary Daka (CivMin), and Matthew McArthur (Architecture) placed 2nd at the RBC “Tech for a Greener Future” Innovation Challenge winning $25,000 in prize money and access to resources to further develop their concept “Nebula.” Over the […]