News & Updates Archive (2020)

How one U of T Engineering educational program kept thriving during COVID-19

By Branden Wesseling | November 17, 2020 | Comments Off on How one U of T Engineering educational program kept thriving during COVID-19

Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News Locke Davenport Huyer (ChemE PhD 1T9) remembers the moment his team had to make the call. “All of the programming was developed and ready to go,” says Davenport Huyer, now a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University. “We were going to start right after March Break, but… Read more »

Dean’s World Tour: Checking in with U of T Engineering students across the globe

By Branden Wesseling | November 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Dean’s World Tour: Checking in with U of T Engineering students across the globe

Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News This week, U of T Engineering Dean Christopher Yip (ChemE, BME) took a virtual trip around the world.  Using the digital meeting platform Zoom, Dean Yip facilitated a series of open discussions for undergraduate students, who are currently studying remotely in dozens of locations around the world… Read more »

Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3) featured in The Globe and Mail

By Branden Wesseling | November 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3) featured in The Globe and Mail

Battery recycling company Li-Cycle sees ‘tsunami’ of opportunity, eyes possible IPO to fund expansion The co-founder of Li-Cycle Corp. is ending a virtual tour of his Kingston facility by showing off the product that emerges when he shreds, soaks and filters the lithium ion batteries that once powered everything from iPhones and vape pens to… Read more »

ChemE welcomes new faculty member Daniela Galatro

By Branden Wesseling | November 2, 2020 | Comments Off on ChemE welcomes new faculty member Daniela Galatro

Professor Daniela Galatro (MIE PhD candidate) has joined U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. Beginning in 2021, Professor Galatro will be teaching courses on heat and mass transfer and data-based modelling for prediction and control. Galatro joins the Department from U of T’s Department of… Read more »

Peter Noble (ChemE 8T9) appointed CIAC Chair of the Board of Directors for 2021

By Branden Wesseling | October 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Peter Noble (ChemE 8T9) appointed CIAC Chair of the Board of Directors for 2021

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) has welcomed Peter Noble (ChemE 8T9), Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil, as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2021. “It is an honour to serve as Chair. This prestigious organization is guided by the principles of Responsible Care, and it is the ongoing commitment to this ethic… Read more »

Professor Ning Yan is developing a new generation of sustainable plant-based materials and products

By Branden Wesseling | October 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Professor Ning Yan is developing a new generation of sustainable plant-based materials and products

Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News Canada’s forests are a key source of renewable materials, from paper to lumber. Yet many of the industry’s most common products — such as cardboard and newsprint — are on the low end of the value chain. Professor Ning Yan (ChemE) aims to change that. “The… Read more »

Vote for Research2Reality for People’s Choice Award: Canada’s Favourite Science Online

By Branden Wesseling | October 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Vote for Research2Reality for People’s Choice Award: Canada’s Favourite Science Online

In 2015, University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME, Donnelly) co-founded Research2Reality, a science news site which uses social media to promote innovative and leading-edge research across the country. This year, Research2Reality has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 People’s Choice Award: Canada’s Favourite Science Online, presented by Science Writers & Communicators of Canada… Read more »

Skin-care product based on Professor Milica Radisic’s research donated to health-care workers fighting COVID-19

By Branden Wesseling | October 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Skin-care product based on Professor Milica Radisic’s research donated to health-care workers fighting COVID-19

Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News A U of T Engineering spinoff company has donated its entire stock of skin-care product to health-care workers fighting the global pandemic. Several years ago, Professor Milica Radisic (BME, ChemE) and her team developed a peptide-hydrogel biomaterial that prompts skin cells to “crawl” toward one another. The material was… Read more »

From engineering to MBA: ChemE alumna Nicki Parkes graduates top of her MBA class with prestigious Roger N. Wolff Prize

By Branden Wesseling | October 5, 2020 | Comments Off on From engineering to MBA: ChemE alumna Nicki Parkes graduates top of her MBA class with prestigious Roger N. Wolff Prize

Having graduated top of her class from Rotman in 2020—receiving the prestigious Roger N. Wolff Prize—Nicki Parkes (Skoll ChemE 1T7 + PEY + MBA 2T0) is looking forward to putting her engineering knowledge and business acumen to work as an investment banking Associate at Morgan Stanley. “What drew me to the role was the high-paced… Read more »

Professor Frank Gu’s research on applying nanotechnology to clean up tailings ponds featured in CBC

By Branden Wesseling | September 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Professor Frank Gu’s research on applying nanotechnology to clean up tailings ponds featured in CBC

CBC’s Quirks and Quarks featured Prof. Frank Gu‘s (ChemE) research on applying nanotechnology to clean up oil sands tailings ponds. The research was conducted in partnership with researchers at Queen’s University. Read the article or listen to the segment »  

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