ChemE Alum receives Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

ChemE Alumnus, David Beckman (ChemE MASc 8T1), has been honoured by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) with the Ontario Professional Engineers Award Entrepreneurship Medal. This award is given annually to an engineer who has applied new technologies or innovative approaches enabling new companies to get started.

“[The] prestigious [Ontario Professional Engineers] awards recognize the wide-ranging contributions made by our faculty and alumni to engineering in Ontario, through their innovation, leadership, and service,” said Cristina Amon, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “I am delighted that PEO and OPSE have chosen to honour these outstanding members of our community.”

David Beckman is President and CEO of Zeton Inc., a company that specializes in the design and fabrication of pilot, demonstration and modular production plants for process development applications worldwide. As one of the founders of the company, he played a key role in all aspects of its growth from a small start-up business to the world leader in its specialty niche. Beckman has been involved in process development and scale-up applications for over thirty years, including pilot and demonstration plants for bioenergy applications, many new and alternative energy and petroleum processes, and new chemical processes. Zeton has been recognized with the Bentley Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Process Manufacturing and Beckman has received the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Award in Design and Industrial Practice. A leader in his professional community, he is currently Vice-President of CSChE and a member of the ChemE Board of Advisors. He served as Chair of the Society of Chemical Industry from 2010-2015.

Learn more about this year’s Ontario Professional Engineers Award winners from U of T here.