ChemE students win the Minerva-CIAC Responsible Care case-study competition

Safety presentation winners 2018

From L-R: Rosten Role, Seyoung Chang, Jonathan Almeida and Elizabeth White. Photo taken by Parnian Jadidian.

On Tuesday, May 1, Jonathan Almeida (ChemE 1T8+PEY), Seyoung Chang (ChemE 1T8+PEY), Rosten Role (ChemE 1T8+PEY) and Liz White (ChemE 1T7+PEY) won the 2018 Minerva-CIAC Responsible Care case-study competition open to all undergraduate engineering students in Canada. This is the second year in a row that a ChemE team has taken first place.

The case study focused on an employee injury resulting in second-degree burns. Students were asked to identify the underlying causes of the incident and make recommendations to avoid a repeat event. The top three teams across Canada were invited to present their reports during last week’s Partners in Prevention Conference held in Mississauga, Ontario.

“I was so proud of our U of T Chemical Engineering students who presented their recommendations in response to the case study. They did such a fantastic job with a thorough and structured analysis of the incident. I couldn’t stop myself from smiling and nodding along, as they talk about management of change,” said Parnian Jadidian (ChemE 1T1), a Process Safety and Risk Management Consultant and ChemE MASc Candidate who happened to be at the conference.

The award is presented each year by Minerva Canada and its industry partner, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC). Bob Masterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CIAC and Anthony Pasteris, President, Minerva Canada presented the $1,000 first-place prize to our ChemE team. Student teams from the University of Calgary took home second- and third-place prizes. Congratulations to all participants!