Congratulations to graduating students Tameka Deare, Kathleen Hendersonand Bo Zhang, recipients of the 2014 Student Life Catalyst Awards. They were presented with plaques by Professors Allen and Norval at the ChemE convocation reception on Wednesday, June 18, and their names will be inscribed on the ChemE Awards Wall in the Wallberg Building.
The Student Life Catalyst Awards recognize graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the life of the Department through their leadership and volunteer activities. The award is sponsored by the faculty and staff of the Department and was first presented in 2009.
Tameka Deare (pictured with Professors Norval and Allen) has helped build a strong sense of community in our department through her involvement in Troost ILead and her work with the UofT chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, where she was the Membership Chair and then Program Director. Over the years, she has spearheaded many large events within the Department, including Ace the Interview, Think Small Act Big, the Chem Eng Networking Tutorial and the Andy Byford event. She was also Master of Ceremonies for the department’s Research Day and Troost ILead Annual Appreciation Night.
Kathleen Henderson has been part of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering UofT Chapter for several years, most recently as Vice Chair, helping to organize 26 student events during the year, nine of which were brand new. She assisted the Department in our record-breaking Graditude campaign that raised over $1500 for chemical engineering student clubs, a 33% increase over previous years. She has also shared her time as a mentor to 1st year students through the Chem-Connect mentoring program.
Bo Zhang has lead a variety of professional development clubs and organizations, including as president of the Engineering Athletics Association, chair of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering UofT Chapter and member of the Eng Soc Board of Directors. He also established the Engineering Basketball League, which gave him the chance to mentor first year engineering athletes and help them find the balance between academics and sports.
Congratulations to all our winners!