ChemE Members Inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Three members of the ChemE community were inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) on June 20, during the CAE Annual Meeting in Montreal. Professors Yu-Ling Cheng and Mark Kortschot (MASc 8T5), as well as AlumnusSavvas Hatzikiriakos (ChemE 6T9, PhD 7T2) are among the 48 new Fellows elected by the Academy. The CAE comprises the country’s most accomplished engineers, who have demonstrated their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles in the interests of Canada and its enterprises.  

Yu-Ling Cheng serves as Director of the Centre for Global Engineering and was recently named Distinguished Professor in Global Engineering. Among her many research and educational initiatives focused on the developing world, she is leading a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet to provide people with affordable sanitation that doesn’t rely on running water, sewer systems or electricity. 

Mark Kortschot’s research in the areas of fibre composites and paper has resulted in more than 120 publications and four patents. A successful designer and entrepreneur, he co-founded Légère Reeds Ltd. and invented the Sole Skate. Currently serving as Chair of the Division of Engineering Science, Professor Kortschot received the Alan Blizzard Award for his role in creating the Engineering Strategies and Practice course.

One of the world’s most accomplished experimental rheologists, Savvas Hatzikiriakos is particularly known as a pioneer in the areas of polymer rheology, processing and surface science. He has partnered with major companies such as ExxonMobil, DuPont and Chevron, and two new companies have been created based on his research. Dr. Hatzikiriakos has served as President of the Canadian Society of Rheology.  

“The induction of U of T engineers into the CAE is both an honour and a testament to our position as Canada’s leading engineering school,” said Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “The citations for these new Fellows illustrate the depth and breadth of the achievements of our faculty and alumni.”


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