ChemE Awards 2022-23

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 of 8T2 Emerging Leaders Award in Chemical Engineering

William Vandenburg (ChemE 2T5)

Class of 5T9 LOT Award

Badr Abbas (ChemE 2T4 + PEY)

Troost Family LOT Award

Purushoth Thavendran (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

ERCO Worldwide LOT Award

Kim Watada (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)


Leaders of Tomorrow Finalists


2nd Year Finalists

Michael Chan (ChemE 2T5)

Justine del Socorro (ChemE 2T5 + PEY)

Ankita Kapoor (ChemE 2T4 + 1 + PEY)


3rd Year Finalists

Ian Kunka (ChemE 2T4 + PEY)

Cassidy Tan (ChemE 2T4 + PEY)


4th Year LOT Award Finalists

Gehna Karani (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Ziting (Judy) Xia (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Yuqi (Lisa) Zhou (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)


Chair’s Academic Excellence Award


Jiyoun Lim (ChemE 2T3 + PEY)

Christopher Yuheng Jiang  (ChemE 2T3 + PEY)

Kenneth Sulimro (ChemE 2T5)


Graduate Awards


Bert Wasmund Grad Fellowship In Sustainable Energy Research in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering

Brohath Amrithraj (PhD Candidate)

Guangming Cai (PhD Candidate)

Ka Ho Chan (PhD Candidate)

Nina-Francesca Farac (PhD Candidate)

Jaesuk Paeng (PhD Candidate)

Goutham Rangarajan (PhD Candidate)

Jocelyn Riet (PhD Candidate)

Niher Sarker (PhD Candidate)

Adam Tetreault (PhD Candidate)

Colin Hahnemann Bayley Fellowship in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Sophia Lu (MASc Candidate)

Emily MacDonald-Roach (MASc Candidate)

Kevin Marrs (PhD Candidate)

Mark Spahl (PhD Candidate)

Diran Basmadjian Graduate Scholarship

Erica Dipede (PhD Candidate)

Sepehr Hoomani Rad (PhD Candidate)

Rohit Pal (PhD Candidate)

Chester Pham (PhD Candidate)

Sima Zeinali (PhD Candidate)


Eco-Tec Founder’s Fellowship

Katherine Picott (PhD Candidate)

Edward Jarvis Tyrrell Fellowship

Jasmeen Parmar (MASc Candidate)

Vincent Wang (MASc Candidate)

Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Graduate Student Endowment Fund

William Broomhead (PhD Candidate)

Danmei Chen (PhD Candidate)

Nitya Gulati (PhD Candidate)

Sicheng Li (PhD Candidate)

Shuyao Tan (PhD Candidate)


Frank Howard Guest Bursary

Mohammad Mahaninia (PhD Candidate)


George Harrap Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Chemical Engineering

Mickael Dang (PhD Candidate)

Diana Teichman (PhD Candidate)

Runlin Yuan (PhD Candidate)

Rachel Zigelstein (MASc Candidate)


Gradyon Memorial Fellowship

Abel Sika-Nartey (PhD Candidate)


Helen L. Cross (nee Colquhoun) Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Alessandra Castro (MASc Candidate)


McLean Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology

Rachel Asbury (MASc Candidate)

Spencer Cunningham (MASc Candidate)

Aiman Fatima (PhD Candidate)

Greg Litster (PhD Candidate)

Joy Lu (MASc Candidate)

Marjan Mohammadi (PhD Candidate)

Niloofar Shirali (PhD Candidate)

Michael Tawadrous (PhD Candidate)


Professor Doug Reeve Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow Graduate Award

Noel Devaere (PhD Candidate)

Dimpho Radebe (PhD Candidate)


Professor Honghi Tran Practical Research Award in Sustainable Energy and Chemical Processing

Seyedsina Talebi (PhD Candidate)

Rein Otson Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Rana Ahmed Barghout (PhD Candidate)

Dafni Giannari (PhD Candidate)

Yuhang Huang (PhD Candidate)

Olivia Li (PhD Candidate)

Sicheng Li (PhD Candidate)

Suryavarshini Sundar (PhD Candidate)

The Wallberg Research Fellowship

Christopher Ling (PhD Candidate)


W.H. Rapson Memorial Award

Maryam Sadegh Mousavi (PhD Candidate)


William J. Dowkes Graduate Bursary

Mohammad-Amin Azad-Armaki (PhD Candidate)


Teaching Awards


Bill Burgess Teacher of the Year Award for Large Classes

Ariel Chan

Diran Basmadjian Teacher of the Year Award for Small Classe

Jennifer Farmer


Plant Design Winners


Design of LiCO3 Purification Plant – HATCH Hydrometallurgy

Abdultayeb Akberali (ChemE 2T3)

Olevia Pal (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Daniel Shi (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Jilai Zhang (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Chelsea Zhao (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Poly OMEs as Sustainable Diesel Additives – Suncor

Bugeon (Jake) Choi  (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Aseem Partap Singh Gill  (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Ling (Ivy) Hwang  (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Kehan (Alan) Zhao  (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Huaqing (Esther) Zheng  (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)


Production of Tall Oil for Combustion in a Kraft Pulp Mill Lime Kiln – Canadian Kraft Paper, Manitoba

Matthew Lee (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Stephanie Obeta (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Abel Rodriguez (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

Ziting (Judy) Xia (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)


Poster Competition Winners



1st Place: Jasmeen Parmar (MASc Candidate)

2nd Place: Taylor Edwards (PhD Candidate)


1st Place: Christiana Anih (PhD Candidate)

2nd Place: Mickael Dang (PhD Candidate)


1st Place: Niloofar Shirali (PhD Candidate)

2nd Place: Jiakai Zhang (PhD Candidate)


1st Place: Durgesh Kavishvar (PhD Candidate)

2nd Place: Suryavarshini Sundar (PhD Candidate)