On November 4, Honghi Tran (ChemE PhD 8T2) was inducted into the Faculty’s Hall of Distinction, which is an assembly of extraordinary alumni, selected for membership by their peers for their lifelong accomplishments. These are graduates whose performances have ultimately defined what is most exemplary in our graduates and in our profession. The careers of the members stand as examples and add a sense of reality to the aspirations of successive generations of Engineering students. Located in the Sandford Fleming Building, the Hall of Distinction is a familiar daily presence in the lives of students and is often visited by alumni and their families.
Dr. Tran is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, and Director of the Pulp & Paper Centre, University of Toronto. Throughout his career, Honghi established/directed 11 large industrial research consortia, focusing on energy and chemical recovery problems in kraft pulp mills. He supervised/co-supervised 100+ graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, authored/coauthored 310+ refereed papers, book chapters and books, and had 8 patents. The research has greatly benefited the pulp and paper industry in Canada and throughout the world. Honghi received numerous prestigious awards including the 2015 FASE’s Research Leader Award, the 2013 John S. Bates Gold Medal from Pulp and Paper Association of Canada, the 2017 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal from Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, USA, and the 2020 Leadership Award from American Forest & Paper Association. He was inducted to the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2017.
Click here to learn more about this year’s inductees and the 2022 Engineering Alumni Network Award winners.