Honours & Awards Archive (2016)

A great week for Molly Shoichet December 9, 2016 - This week on December 5, Molly Shoichet was named the 2017 winner of the Kalev Pugi Award by the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)/Society for Chemical Industry (SCI). The award acknowledges exceptional achievements in research and development that provides significant benefits to Canada. Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and... Read more »
Honghi Tran wins TAPPI Gold Medal Award November 25, 2016 - 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... Read more »
ChemE undergrad wins Rhodes Scholarship November 22, 2016 - Stephanie Gaglione, who is majoring in chemical engineering at the University of Toronto, has been selected as a 2017 Rhodes Scholar, a prestigious annual scholarship to the University of Oxford. Gaglione, who loves to rock climb, run and canoe, celebrated by going out to dinner with friends and watching the new Harry Potter movie –... Read more »
ChemE alum recognized at 2016 Engineering Alumni Association awards November 11, 2016 - David Colcleugh (ChemE 5T9, MASc 6T0, PhD 6T2) has received the Engineering Alumni Medal at the 2016 Engineering Alumni Association awards. Colcleugh’s leadership in commercial organizations forms an impressive record of personal growth and development through many levels at DuPont, rising to be president of DuPont Asia-Pacific and then chairman, president and CEO of DuPont... Read more »
ChemE students win multiple awards at 2016 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference October 24, 2016 - ChemE students attending the 2016 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference came away with multiple awards, including second place in the 2016 Minerva-CIAC Responsible Care case study competition open to all undergraduate engineering students in Canada. The case study was focused on the mining industry and students were asked to resolve issues in the cyanide solution mixing... Read more »
Molly Shoichet receives 2016 Till & McCulloch Award October 7, 2016 - University Professor Molly Shoichet, a world-renowned researcher and leader in the use of biomaterials to enhance stem-cell delivery for treating disease conditions from stroke to blindness, is the recipient of the 2016 Till & McCulloch Award. The award recognizes both Shoichet’s contributions to global stem cell research, and her 2015 paper on the use of hydrogels for... Read more »
Alison McGuigan wins Hart Professorship award September 1, 2016 - Seven U of T Engineering faculty members have received the inaugural Percy Edward Hart and Erwin Edward Hart Professorships, enhancing emerging research and education across the Faculty. Among the winners is ChemE prof and alumna Alison McGuigan. Prof. McGuigan completed her Chemical Engineering Ph.D. at U of T in 2005 and joined the department as... Read more »
Michael Sefton to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society August 29, 2016 - University of Toronto biomedical engineering University Professor Michael Sefton (IBBME, ChemE) has been named this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). The award, issued by the organization’s Americas chapter, recognizes his immense contributions to the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Read the... Read more »
ChemE undergrad wins two prizes at UnERD 2016 August 25, 2016 - On August 9, Onasvi Kharsikar (ChemE 1T8) won two medals at the 2016 Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD). This annual one-day research conference held at the University of Toronto is hosted by students from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and gives summer research-students the opportunity to share their research achievements in an academic... Read more »
Alumni receive Ontario Professional Engineers Awards July 26, 2016 - Two ChemE engineers have been honoured by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards. Valerie Davidson (PhD 8T3) is receiving a Citizenship Award, which recognize engineers who have made significant contributions to society. Larry Seeley (ChemE 6T6, MASc 6T8, PhD 7T2) has been chosen to... Read more »
New CAE inductions June 29, 2016 - Eleven members of the U of T Engineering community have been inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Professors Nazir Kherani (ECE, MSE), Deepa Kundur (ECE), Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE), Murray Thomson (MIE) and Honghi Tran (ChemE), along with adjunct professor Sankar das Gupta (MSE) and alumni William Breukelman (ChemE 5T5), Elizabeth... Read more »
ChemE adjunct prof receives honorary degree June 9, 2016 - Born into a fifth-generation salt producing family in India, M.G. Venkatesh Mannar is a chemical engineer and food technologist who has spent close to four decades working in developing countries around the world to help put an end to malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency. U of T recognized his contributions with a Doctor of Science, honoris... Read more »
ChemE alumna honoured by Engineers Canada May 27, 2016 - U of T Engineering alumna Marisa Sterling (ChemE 9T1) was recently celebrated by Engineers Canada for demonstrating remarkable leadership in her community. At the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Charlottetown, P.E.I., on May 26, Canada’s engineering profession honoured Sterling with the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service. The organization recognized the achievements of eight other... Read more »
2015-16 LOT and Grad Award winners April 22, 2016 - On April 1, students, faculty, staff, alumni and industry friends came together to enjoy the 31st Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner. Several students were recognized throughout the evening for their extracurricular and/or academic achievements. Leaders of Tomorrow Award Winners The Class of 5T9 Leaders of Tomorrow Award Katie Dritsas (1T7) strives to cultivate leadership potential and... Read more »
Nikola Andric receives Gordon Cressy Award April 20, 2016 - Nikola Andric (1T5+PEY) was one of 15 U of T Engineering students honoured with a Gordon Cressy Leadership Awards on Wednesday, April 20 in recognition for his leadership and commitment to improving the world around him. Nikola has been a mentor, F!rosh Week leader, undergraduate representative on several committees and a cast member of the... Read more »
Professor Elizabeth Edwards wins Killam Prize April 19, 2016 - Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) has been named among this year’s Killam Prize winners. Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, the awards honour eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research. “It’s a recognition of a really wonderful story that I just happened to be part of,” says Edwards, one of just five... Read more »
Alumna wins prestigious community service award April 15, 2016 - Engineers Canada has announced this year’s nine winners of the annual Engineers Canada Awards. Marisa Sterling (9T1) is the 2016 recipient of the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service. Sponsored by TD, Manulife, Great-West Life and ENCON Group Inc., the Engineers Canada Awards recognize engineering excellence and the winners’ outstanding contributions to their community, profession... Read more »
ChemE grad student recognized by CIC/SCI April 15, 2016 - Hui Huang Hoe (1T5), a PhD candidate supervised by Professor Don Kirk, is a 2015 CIC/SCI Canada Merit Award recipient. The award acknowledges academic excellence in students graduating from Canadian chemical sciences and engineering programs. Hui will receive his award tonight at the CIC/SCI Canada Seminar and Awards Dinner being held at the Hyatt Regency... Read more »
Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education awards scholarships to 10 U of T Engineering students March 23, 2016 - The Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education invested in the future of engineering this week, as it awarded 10 scholarships to U of T Engineering undergraduate students, including Kun Yi Antonio Juan Ding (ChemE 1T7). On Tuesday, March 15, members of the Foundation presented two admission scholarships and eight in-course scholarships totalling $15,000 to students... Read more »
New CRCs for ChemE February 9, 2016 - Seven researchers from across U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering have received significant federal support for their research with new or renewed Canada Research Chairs. Among the group of seven are Professors Cathy Chin and Elodie Passeport. Ya-Huei Cathy Chin (ChemE), Canada Research Chair in Advanced Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry (Tier 2, new) Chin and... Read more »
Molly Shoichet Elected to NAE February 8, 2016 - University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has been elected as Foreign Members of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Founded in 1964, the NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the United States and globally. Members of the NAE rank among the world’s most accomplished engineers.... Read more »
Alum Makes ACGC’s Top 30 Under 30 List January 22, 2016 - Each year the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation receives hundreds of nominations for it’s Top 30 Under 30 Magazine, which highlights exceptional young individuals in Alberta and the Global South who are making a difference around the world. Yazan Kawar (1T0, MEng 1T1) has made the 2016 list. For 10 years, Kawar has worked with... Read more »
ChemE Grad Student Leads U of T Chess Team January 15, 2016 - During 2015, Sowjanya Sowrirajan, a MEng student from our Department, had the opportunity to participate in the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship. Participants at the 2015 tournament were considered to be the strongest group in the tournament’s history with more than 50 titled players participating in it. Sowrirajan captained the University of Toronto B team, which... Read more »
Professor Michael Sefton Awarded the Terumo Global Science Prize January 13, 2016 - University of Toronto engineering professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME) has been named the 2016 recipient of the Terumo Global Science Prize for his achievements in tissue engineering and novel biomaterials discovery. This is only the third time the Terumo Foundation for Life Sciences and Arts has awarded the prize. Sefton joins an elite list of... Read more »
Molly Shoichet Makes Chatelaine’s Women of the Year List January 4, 2016 - It was a big year for Canada: The federal election resulted in a new prime minister, the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games were a big success, women’s issues received major media coverage and Alanis Morissette updated the lyrics to “Ironic.” And at the centre of it all were strong, determined women including Professor Molly... Read more »