Prof. Honghi Tran is this year’s winner of the Faculty’s Research Leader Award. Each year, the honour recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in interdisciplinary and multiple investigator initiatives that have enhanced the Faculty’s research profile. It also pays tribute to the winner’s research contributions and industrial partnerships.
Prof. Tran is the Frank Dottori Professor of Pulp & Paper Engineering and Director of the U of T Pulp & Paper Centre. Over the past 25 years, he has led and coordinated 10 research consortia reaching across borders and disciplines to advance the global pulp and paper industry. These consortia have undertaken projects involving more than 30 faculty members and 200 students from across the University, as well as 50 industrial partners from around the world.
Prof. Tran’s own research has also had an exceptional impact on the industry. For example, the sootblower nozzle he designed to remove deposits in boilers is now used in more than 95 per cent of recovery boilers worldwide, saving the industry an estimated $100M per year. His many research awards include the John S. Bates Gold Medal from the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada.
Congratulations to Prof. Tran!