ChemE prof and alum Honghi Tran (ChemE PhD 8T2) has won the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award, presented by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. It is the highest honour that the association presents to an individual.
The award, first presented in 1928, is given to individuals “who have made preeminent scientific and engineering achievements of proven applied benefit to the world’s pulp, paper, board, and forest product industries.”
Prof. Tran is the Frank Dottori Chair in Pulp and Paper Engineering and the Director of Pulp and Paper Centre at the University of Toronto. Over the past 26 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. His current research focuses on three main areas: energy and chemical recovery in the kraft pulping process, alternative fuels for lime kilns, and combustion characteristics of biomass and mixed fuels. He has won numerous awards in the past, including the PAPTAC John S. Bates Gold Medal (2014), the ICRC Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), and the TAPPI Engineering Technical Award and Beloit Prize (2006).
“This award is well-deserved,” says Prof. Grant Allen, chair of the Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry Department at U of T. “Prof. Tran has been an integral member of our department and his research has an exceptional impact on the pulp and paper industry.”
The award ceremony will be held on April 25, 2017 in conjunction with the TAPPI PaperCon Conference in Minneapolis, MN.