Honours & Awards Archive (2017)

Two ChemE alumnae recognized among Canada’s most powerful women November 24, 2017 - The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) has announced its list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 for 2017. It includes ChemE alumnae Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9) and Jeannette Southwood (ChemE 8T6, MASc 8T8). Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board... Read more »
Nataliya Mykhaylova thwarting away cyber criminals November 16, 2017 - PhD student Nataliya Mykhaylova, supervised by Professor Greg Evans, recently won a student competition related to cyber security. The competition was sponsored by the London-based SWIFT Institute, which issued a challenge to teams of Canadian university students to come up with new ideas to thwart cyber criminals. Mykhaylova, through her PhD studies, has been testing... Read more »
Arun Ramchandran named CRC in Engineered Soft Materials and Interfaces November 7, 2017 - Professor Arun Ramchandran is the new Canada Research Chair in Engineered Soft Materials and Interfaces (Tier 2). Complex fluids have properties that are intermediate between traditional liquids, gases and solids. Examples include mayonnaise, blood, fabric softeners and even drilling muds used in mining. Professor Ramchandran and his team use sophisticated measurements and mathematical models to... Read more »
Young alumnus leading change in health care November 3, 2017 - Romy Seth (ChemE 1T1) has been making his mark as VP at Ferghana Partners and co-founder of Medinas, a company utilizing a market approach to reducing wasted medical supplies. Seth was recently recognized in Canada’s Next 150 Future Leaders Campaign and won the Forbes Global Change the World Competition – both honours pay tribute to... Read more »
ChemE excels at the 2017 CSChE Conference October 26, 2017 - During the 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (2017 CSChE Conference) held from October 22-25 in Edmonton, ChemE had several outstanding moments. Two members from our community were selected to present their research at the inaugural Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering Plenary Session, which highlights the vision and leadership of four early career researchers. ChemE Associate... Read more »
Honghi Tran inducted into the Paper International Hall of Fame October 12, 2017 - Professor Honghi Tran was inducted into the Paper International Hall of Fame this week. He is one of three members from our Department who are part of this elite group. Professor Doug Reeve was inducted in 2008 and Professor Howard Rapson in 2005. Since its founding in 1992, the Paper International Hall of Fame (PIHF)... Read more »
2017 Arbor Award recipients October 6, 2017 -             U of T annually presents Arbor Awards to alumni who enhance the experience of students, faculty, staff and alumni through their tremendous generosity and contributions. Since 1989, more than 2,200 alumni and friends have received Arbor Awards. On September 14, 2017 four alumni from our Department joined this deserving... Read more »
U of T Engineering’s Hatchery Demo Day September 14, 2017 - Startups founded by engineering students are poised to address challenges from sustainability to surgery. Twelve companies pitched their vision to a room of judges, investors and faculty members at the fifth annual Hatchery Demo Day, held September 6 at U of T Engineering. Marcos Ingreja, Walter Pawliw, Bowen Li (ChemE 1T7), Hasitha de Alwis, Robert... Read more »
Milica Radisic named Fellow of RSC September 7, 2017 - Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME/ChemE) has been elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) on the basis of her exceptional contributions to functional cardiovascular tissue engineering. The RSC’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada. Fellowship... Read more »
Alison McGuigan wins Connaught Fund, McLean Award August 29, 2017 - Professor Alison McGuigan is the 2017 winner of the Connaught Fund, McLean Award. This $125,000-award is presented annually to support an emerging research leader conducting basic research in physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, engineering sciences, and the theory and methods of statistics. The McLean Award is restricted to full-time members of U of T’s faculty... Read more »
Student achievements August 25, 2017 - Congratulations to Chenbo (Sophie) Xu, a 4th year summer student supervised by Professor Vlad Papangelakis, for winning first prize for best poster presentation in the Chemical Engineering category during UnERD 2017. The following students, also supervised by Professor Papangelakis, received awards/scholarships from the Hydrometallurgy Section of the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian... Read more »
Bert Wasmund named Member of the Order of Canada July 4, 2017 - Bert Wasmund (ChemE PhD 6T6) have been named a Member of the Order of Canada, one of 99 extraordinary Canadians to receive one of the nation’s highest civilian honours. Wasmund, a world-renowned leader in metallurgical plant engineering and design has served the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the Faculty with distinction for more... Read more »
Alumnus wins Carillon Composition Competition June 29, 2017 - To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the Peace Tower’s 90th anniversary in 2017, the House of Commons announced a nationwide carillon composition competition in an open category, as well as a youth category. The winner of the open category is Scott Orr (ChemE 1T4). His piece, Festive rondo, will be premiered by the Dominion... Read more »
Krishna Mahadevan wins 2017 Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award June 29, 2017 - The Editors of the Biochemical Engineering Journal, in cooperation with Engineering Conferences International and Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XX, are very pleased to announce the selection of Radhakrishnan Mahadevan as the recipient of the 2017 Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award. Professor Mahadevan will present ‘Design Principles for Control of Metabolism: Role of Enzymatic Regulation,... Read more »
ChemE members win 2017 CSChE awards June 29, 2017 - The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) confers awards annually to recognize professionals who have made outstanding contributions to chemical engineering. Professor Alison McGuigan is the winner the 2017 Hatch Innovation Award, which recognizes an outstanding researcher under the age of 40. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering... Read more »
ChemE team wins CSA Academic Challenge June 23, 2017 - On June 20, 2017, Katie Dritsas, Andrew Kostruba, Kayla Musalem and Kenny Wei – all recent ChemE grads – were awarded first place in the 2017 CSA Academic Challenge. The competition engages students in the world of standards, as well as highlights the benefits, challenges and opportunities of their application in the workplace and in... Read more »
Levente Diosady inducted into U of T’s Sports Hall of Fame June 16, 2017 - This week, Prof. Levente Diosady (ChemE 6T6, PhD 7T2) along with his former swim teammates were inducted into U of T’s Sports Hall of Fame. Prof. Diosady swam as a member of the team during both his undergraduate and graduate education in Chemical Engineering. In addition to swimming, Prof. Diosady also managed the team and... Read more »
Milica Radisic’s CRC renewed June 9, 2017 - Four U of T Engineering professors, including Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE), are among the 2017 new and renewed Canada Research Chair recipients. Launched in 2000, the CRC program aims to help the country attract and retain research leaders. Read full story.
ChemE student Olga Misic wins Rona Hatt award May 31, 2017 - A new ambassador and role model for women in engineering has joined the illustrious list of Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation scholarship recipients. The Foundation is proud to announce that Olga Misic (ChemE 1T9), a chemical engineering student at the University of Toronto is the recipient of the CEMF Rona Hatt Chemical Engineering Ambassador Award. This... Read more »
Nine ChemE professors named TEAL Fellows May 30, 2017 - U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering created the TEAL Fellows Program to develop a community of practice of faculty interested in developing active learning approaches in the design and/or redesign of undergraduate and graduate courses, and where applicable, leveraging the use of the Faculty’s new state-of-the-art teaching facilities in the Myhal Centre.... Read more »
Graeme Norval receives Hart Teaching Innovation Professorship May 30, 2017 - Six U of T Engineering faculty members have been named the inaugural Hart Teaching Innovation Professors, including Graeme Norval, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream from our Department. Enabled by a landmark $20 million bequest from the estate of alumnus Erwin Edward Hart (CivE 4T0), the professorships support innovation in engineering education, from technology enhanced active learning... Read more »
ChemE students earn 2017 Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design award May 19, 2017 - The Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design competition challenges engineering undergraduate students from across Canada to make an original contribution toward integrating safety into engineering design. Students are asked to suggest ways to improve the existing design of devices, processes or systems, envision new, innovative designs that will eliminate or reduce potential hazards, and create... Read more »
Molly Shoichet receives Killam Prize in Engineering May 2, 2017 - University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) has received this year’s Killam Prize for Engineering. “It is a great honour to be in the company of so many distinguished Canadian researchers, both past and present,” said Shoichet. “This award will accelerate our research and our efforts to improve the lives of people everywhere who are living... Read more »
Four ChemE members recognized at the 10th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence event April 27, 2017 - U of T Engineering faculty and staff gathered together on April 26th to recognize their colleagues’ exceptional contributions to the Faculty’s teaching and research missions at the 10th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence reception.  This event honours the recipients of Engineering’s staff, research and teaching awards, as well as those who received awards and major research... Read more »
Five ChemE students receive Gordon Cressy Awards April 26, 2017 - Named after the former U of T Vice-President of Development and University Relations, the Gordon Cressy Award recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated leadership qualities by contributing to the improvement of the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. Yesterday five students from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry were... Read more »
Alumnus wins Engineers Canada’s Gold Medal April 26, 2017 - Engineers Canada recently recognized alumnus Larry Seeley (ChemE 6T6, MASc 6T8, PhD 7T2) with the Gold Medal Award, the organization’s highest honour, recognizing exceptional individual achievement and distinction in engineering. Read full story.
TAPPI officially announces Gold Medal Award for Honghi Tran April 18, 2017 - Dr. Honghi Tran has been named winner of the prestigious Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award. Dr. Tran is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto in Canada, and is also the university’s Frank Dottori Chair in Pulp and Paper Engineering and Director of its Pulp &... Read more »
Hatchery startup Genecis receives RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship April 13, 2017 - Genecis, a student startup devoted to recycling food scraps into value-added products, has won the $5,000 second-place prize in the early-stage category of the inaugural RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The team included Bowen Le (ChemE 1T7). The business pitch competition, held Friday, March 31, aims to reward and accelerate the best startups coming out... Read more »
ChemE Undergrad recognized by the OPEFE April 13, 2017 - Ten of U of T Engineering’s top undergraduate students were recognized by the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education (OPEFE) for high academic achievement and co-curricular contributions, including Enakshi Shah (ChemE 1T7 + PEY). Read more.
Elizabeth Edwards wins a 2017 Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and research March 21, 2017 - It’s the magic of chemistry — combine two substances and they transform into a third that’s completely different. Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE), a pioneering researcher in the field of environmental engineering, makes this magic with microbes and contaminated water, cleaning hard-to-access underground reservoirs of pollutants naturally and safely. For this pioneering work, which also demonstrates... Read more »
ChemE students place first at the Ontario Engineering Competition February 17, 2017 - Anne Nasato and Neha Bhasin, two U of T Chemical Engineering fourth-year students, placed first in the Communications category at the 2017 Ontario Engineering Competition, which took place in Ottawa from January 27-29. They presented on the topic of the Internet of Things (IoT), with an emphasis on cyber-security and the importance of consumer education.... Read more »
Professor Greg Evans receives 3M National Teaching Fellowship February 16, 2017 - Professor Greg Evans (ChemE) has received a 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The award is Canada’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the university or college level. “One of the things that makes it special for me is that this year... Read more »
ChemE prof shares Connaught Innovation Award of $790,000 with eight other U of T researchers February 1, 2017 - Prof. Donald Kirk (ChemE MASc 7T5, PhD 7T9) is among nine researchers at U of T sharing $790,000 in funding through the 2016-17 Connaught Innovation Award. Prof. Kirk won for his research on electrochemical glycerol carbonate production. Read the full story.
Will Cluett wins 2016 Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award January 30, 2017 - Professor Will Cluett (ChemE) garnered the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award, recognizing a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching over the course of at least 15 years. Over the course of his 30-year career at U of T, Will Cluett has served the Faculty in several leadership roles, making tremendous contributions in each. As Chair, First... Read more »

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