ChemE students win multiple awards at 2016 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

minerva-ciac-award 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 process used to extract base metals in the ore. Katherine Dritsas, Andrew Kostruba, Kayla Musalem and Kenny Wei made up the U of T team that was among the three finalists that presented at the conference. The team took home a prize of $300 for finishing second. The competition is sponsored by Minerva Canada and its industry partner, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC).

Ziyu Bao was also awarded first place in the Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition, while U of T’s student chapter of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineers (CSChE) won honourable mention for its involvement and creativity in student life.

Kayla Musalem, chair of U of T’s student CSChE, says that students found the conference valuable beyond the awards. “Attending lectures and presentations reignited our enthusiasm for the opportunities available in chemical engineering industry and academia,” she says.

Students will have an opportunity to compete for awards and gain important insight again at the 2017 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Edmonton (Oct. 22-25).