ChemE members win 2017 CSChE awards

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) confers awards annually to recognize professionals who have made outstanding contributions to chemical engineering. Professor Alison McGuigan is the winner the 2017 Hatch Innovation Award, which recognizes an outstanding researcher under the age of 40. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, which honours significant research conducted in Canada and performed by an individual who received their first professional appointment in Canada seven years ago or less. In addition to Professor McGuigan’s multiple wins, David Beckman (ChemE MASc 8T1) is the winner of the 2017 Award in Design and Industrial Practice presented on the basis of innovative design or production activities accomplished in Canada.

Professor Alison McGuigan is the Erwin Edward Hart Professor of chemical engineering and an Associate Professor in ChemE and IBBME. She obtained her undergraduate degree in materials science from University of Oxford, her PhD in chemical engineering from U of T and completed post-docs at Harvard University and Stanford School of Medicine. Professor McGuigan’s research is focused on engineering in vitro tissue platforms that can generate physiologically relevant and high value data for understanding fundamental tissue biology and identification of novel therapeutics. She has published >65 papers, patents and abstracts in top journals such as Nature Materials, PNAS, and Biomaterials. In recognition of her work, Professor McGuigan has received numerous awards including a Canadian Rhodes Scholarship, the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-AM) Young Investigator award. Professor McGuigan has also been recognized for her contributions to HQP training including the Alan Blizzard Award for excellence in collaborative university teaching and learning for her work with the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead).

David Beckman is 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. Beckman, who is a member of ChemE’s Board of Advisors, 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.