Alumni Profiles

Our graduates excel in a wide range of industries, reflecting the broad applications of chemical engineering and applied chemistry. Meet some of our innovative and inspiring alumni who are making important contributions as chemical engineers, entrepreneurs, researchers, leaders and mentors.

Hops and dreams: these alumni use their chemical engineering know-how to brew better beer

Chemical engineering alumni-turned-brewers Mohan Pandit (ChemE 1T0), Matthew Reiner (ChemE 1T0) and Chris Ristevski (ChemE 1T0) say their engineering education was “the foundation for understanding everything” about starting Rorschach Brewing Company. Read more.

Jeanette Southwood receives Honorary Degree from OUIT

Jeanette Southwood (ChemE 8T6, MASc 8T8), a member of our ChemE Board of Advisors, received a 2017 Honorary Degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (OUIT). An award-winning engineer and leader, Jeanette is Vice-President, Strategy & Partnerships, at Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license Canada’s more than 290,000 members of the engineering profession where she leads the team focusing on the future of the profession. Read more.

Hydrogenics signs $50M deal with China

dwilson Daryl Wilson (ChemE 8T2) and the Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HYGS) (TSX:HYG) has signed a $50M deal to provide China with 1000 fuel cells. China will use the fuel cells for zero-emission electric buses. Read full story.


Alumnus wins APEGA Community Service Award

Tracey Stock (ChemE 8T2) was honoured by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) at the 2017 Summit Awards. Stock received the Community Service Award for outstanding contributions to society. Overall, he has given more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service to various non-profit organizations in the past 43 years in addition to making 625 blood, plasma, and platelet donations to Canadian Blood Services. Click here for a short video about his service.

Alumnus helps design programmable RNA vaccines

omarkhanOmar Khan (ChemE 0T4, MASc 0T8, PhD 1T1) is part of a team of engineers at MIT who have developed a new type of easily customizable vaccine that can be manufactured in one week, allowing it to be rapidly deployed in response to disease outbreaks. So far, they have designed vaccines against Ebola, H1N1 influenza, and Toxoplasma gondii (a relative of the parasite that causes malaria), which were 100 percent effective in tests in mice. Read full story.

ChemE alumna joins Innovative Medicines Canada as Interim President

elaineElaine Campbell (ChemE 8T0) will join Innovative Medicines Canada as Interim President of the association, starting June 13, 2016. Campbell has 26 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector, most recently as President and CEO of AstraZeneca Canada Inc., one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry department at the University of Toronto. Read full story.

Climbing for the well-being of Canadian soldiers

ckennedyClaire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9) has never held back when it comes to giving her time to both her alma mater and greater community, but this winter she reached new heights in her volunteerism. In January 2016, Kennedy, along with a team of 16 other Canadian business people and eight Canadian soldiers, travelled to Antarctica to climb the 4,892-metre-high peak of Mount Vinson as part of the True Patriot Love Foundation’s fundraising event to support military charities and research across Canada. Read full story.

Hydrogenics joins HyBalance

dwilsonHydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HYGS) (TSX:HYG), led by Daryl Wilson (ChemE 8T2), is a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation technology and hydrogen fuel cell power modules. On February 23, 2016, the company announced that it has been selected to join a consortium of European companies, including Air Liquide, for a €15 million Power-to-Gas demonstration project in Denmark named HyBalance. The budget of the project is more than €15 million and is supported by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking as well as the Danish ForskEL program, administered by Read full story.

The University of Toronto (Hong Kong) Foundation celebrates 20 years of impact

The University of Toronto (Hong Kong) Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala event in Hong Kong on November 28, 2015 marking 20 years of opening doors for exceptionally talented young people from Hong Kong whose families lacked the financial resources to send them overseas to study at Canada’s leading university. By 1998, hundreds of students responded to the Foundation’s annual promotion of the scholarships. The establishment of the scholarship program inspired friends and alumni to create additional endowed awards. For example, Dr. Patrick Fung (7T1) named the Fung Yiu King Memorial Scholarship, which contributes toward a selected student’s overall scholarship. Read full story.

How Scott Jolliffe moulded Gowlings into an international player

Photo credit www.markstegelphoto.comGowling Lafleur Henderson LLP will go through a big change next year, and this will cap the remarkable career of the man responsible for the firm’s transformation, Scott Jolliffe (7T3). He recently stepped down as chief executive of Gowlings law firm, but he is neither leaving the practice of law nor stepping away from firm management. Jolliffe’s joining the board of the new international law firm he has helped create by leading Gowlings into a merger with U.K.-based Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. Read full story.

New Assistant Dean at the Lassonde School of Engineering

marisa sterlingBack in March, the Lassonde School of Engineering announced the Lassonde 50:50 Challenge to become the first engineering school in Canada to achieve a 50:50 gender balance. With the support of resources from Pierre Lassonde, the school has appointed Marisa Sterling (9T1) its new Assistant Dean, Inclusivity & Diversity. She will focus full-time on developing a long-term strategy that will help the school reach this goal. Most recently Sterling led the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education, where she oversaw annual scholarships for engineering students across Ontario universities.

ChemE alum wins in Don Valley North

gengtanPolitical newcomer Geng Tan (MASc 0T0, PhD 0T5) took Don Valley North for the Liberals on Monday, October 19, 2015. Tan, who was born in China and has made Canada home for nearly two decades, holds a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto and is active with community groups that help new Canadians. He is a champion for stronger families, neighbourhoods and values. For the last 15 years, he has been building opportunities, programs and services within his community. Read more.

2015 Arbor Award winners

Arbor-Awards-2015Congratulations to ChemE alumni Marisa Sterling (9T1), Angela Tran Kingyens (MASC 0T7, PhD 1T2) and Stanis Yu (0T0), recipients of 2015 Arbor Awards for their exceptional dedication and contributions to the experience of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

From coaching the Iron Dragons dragon boat club to serving on committees and promoting entrepreneurship and more, their enthusiasm has helped make U of T Engineering the vibrant community it is.  We are truly grateful for their ongoing commitment! Read more.

Andrew White and CHAR Technologies

andrewwhiteAndrew White (oT8, MASc 1T0) and his U of T research spinoff, CHAR Technologies, makes the production of renewable natural gas more affordable, sustainable and streamlined. Read more.

ChemE Mentors

Over 140 U of T Engineering undergraduate students and 20 alumni attended “Leverage Mentorship in Your Career” — a special networking event aimed at drumming up excitement for the 2015-16 Alumni Mentorship Program. Interested in becoming a mentor? Iyiope Jibodu (0T9) and Sandra Odendahl (8T9) are two ChemE alumni mentors in the program. Read why they decided to participate.

2015 EAA Award winners

Two ChemE alumni are being recognized with 2015 Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) Awards. Frank Dottori (6T3) is this year’s Engineering Alumni Medal winner and William Breukelman (5T5) is now a Hall of Distinction member. Read more.

ChemE Alumni win 2015 OPE Awards

Two ChemE alumni have received Ontario Professional Engineers Awards in honour of their outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their wider community. Awarded by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Claire Kennedy (8T9) has received the Citizenship Award, recognizing engineers who have made significant contributions to society. Jeanette Southwood (8T6, MASc 8T8) garnered an Engineering Excellence Medal, recognizing those who have contributed substantially to advancing the engineering profession. Read more about their achievements.

Alumnus becomes Harvard prof

AliKhademhosseiniAli Khademhosseini (9T6, MASc 0T1) is a Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a faculty at the Harvard-MIT’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and as well as an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.  He is also a Junior Principal Investigator at Japan’s World Premier International – Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR) at Tohoku University where he directs a satellite laboratory. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty at the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin and an eminent scholar at Kyung Hee University in Korea, as well as a distinguished adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia.

The success of Zeton Inc.

DavidBeckmanHow do you take a new process from the lab bench to full industrial scale? You call David Beckman (MASc 8T1), President and CEO of Zeton Inc. Since forming the company shortly after graduating, Beckman and his team have grown the firm to be the world’s leading designer and fabricator of pilot and demonstration plants specializing in the oil, gas and energy sectors. Zeton has been recognized with the Bentley Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Process Manufacturing for the design of a modular gas-to-liquids commercial demonstration plant for multinational energy giant Petrobras in Brazil.

BizSkule panel says emotional intelligence is key to effective leadership

Effective leaders need to be tactical, analytical and empathetic – three traits emphasized by a panel of business executives at the May 27, 2015 BizSkule event, From Crisis to Opportunity: Leadership for Challenging Times. The panel included Claudio D’Ambrosio (7T9) and Constantine Karayannopoulos (8T3, MASc 8T8). Read full story. View pictures from the event.

Why alumni return for Spring Reunion

On May 30, 2015, the department hosted its Annual Spring Reunion Lunch and Tour. Despite the rain, many ChemE alumni returned to campus for the event. Paul McLean (7T5) and Elaine Campbell (8T0) shared their views about Spring Reunion. Read more.

Farid Haque creates innovative language-learning app

FaridHaqueFarid Haque (0T0) saw a problem in the marketplace: most games were in English and he wanted to even the playing field. And so, Pollywords was born, a “scrabble-like” game that allows users to play in several languages at the same time, even though they may be speaking totally different ones. Read more.

Remembering Alexander Kyle (Sandy) Stuart

SandyStuartAlexander Kyle (Sandy) Stuart (4T7, P.Eng., C.M.), a recognized Canadian and global authority on hydrogen generation and the use of hydrogen as an environmental friendly fuel, passed away on December 20, 2014 at the age of 91. His many accomplishments will be remembered.

Catching up with Mariana Grinblat

Mariana GrinblatMariana Grinblat (MEng 8T6) started her career in medical biology doing research in immunology and teaching microbiology and biology. However, not being one to shy away from risks, she pursued a dramatic career change into engineering (specifically in the field of industrial hygiene and occupational health) and has never looked back. Learn more about Mariana.

Catching up with Gia DeJulio

GiaDeJulioGia DeJulio (8T2) is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Enersource Hydro Mississauga Inc. Despite her busy schedule as a professional, she still finds time to give back in a very meaningful way. Through her help, and many more volunteers like her, Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke secured over $3 million in donations for much needed renovations. These repairs will allow the shelter to continue offering a safe place for women and children escaping abuse. Learn more about Gia.