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A Century of Achievement.

The 20 top-achieving chemical engineers of this century were recognized for their 20/20 foresight at the Century of Achievement Banquet during the 49th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.

The 49th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference was held in Saskatoon, SK, from October 3 to 6, 1999. The technical sessions were conducted at both the Delta Bessborough and Sheraton Cavalier hotels. On the evening of Monday, October 4, a special banquet was held at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon to honour 20 top Canadian chemical engineers for their work in the 20th century. One-hundred-and-sixty delegates attended the banquet.

The banquet was preceded by a leisurely tour of the museum. The attendees were able to view 'Boom Town, Saskatchewan, a slice of prairie history. Boom Town is a collection of restored buildings taken from small Saskatchewan towns which represent life on the prairies near the start of the 20th century. The buildings include a general merchandise store, pharmacy, barber shop, fire and train stations ... to name only a few. As well, the museum contains a wide selection of historic farm machinery and automobiles.

Under the guidance of Paul Amyotte, MCIC (MC for the evening and president of the CSChE), the Century of Achievement Banquet commenced with the grand entrance of the winners behind a melody of marching music played by a Scottish bagpiper. Following grace and a delightful meal of "Medallions of Beef" and Chocolate Cinnamon Torte, Steven Weiner, Batelle Memorial Institute, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, gave a very interesting seminar titled 'Vision 2020: The Chemical Industry's Future'. Weiner's presentation emphasized the actions that must be taken by government agencies and companies to ensure that the North American chemical process industry remains at the apex of high technology and financial competitiveness in the global marketplace over the next two decades.

Gordon Hill, MCIC (technical program co-chair, 49th CSChE Conference), stated that the purpose of the Award was to honour Canadians who are still living for their contributions to the field of chemical engineering. He described the process of selecting the 20 Century of Achievement winners, which included a call for nominations published in ACCN as well as letters to all heads of chemical engineering departments in Canada and to over 200 chemical processing companies in Canada. Finally, every living winner of both the Industrial Practice and R.S. Jane awards were contacted directly and requested to submit their curricula vitae. The process resulted in 56 candidates permitting their names to stand. A panel of judges (representing industry and academia, East and West, male and female, varied ethnic backgrounds, and nobody from the conference organizing committee) adjudicated all entries and chose the final 20 winners after some very difficult discussions.

Franco Berruti, MCIC (dean, College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan) took the stage next and, with the assistance of Paul Amyotte and Rochelle Harding (MASc student, University of Saskatchewan), provided an excellent summary of each of the 20 winners' achievements. Each winner was provided with a plaque and scroll to document their significant contributions. You can find a brief description of each winner's accomplishments on p. 28.

Norman Epstein, FCIC, one of the Century of Achievement winners, made a very important impromptu speech at the event. He suggested that we not wait 100 years before we do this again, since many impressive achievers will be obviously missed before the 21st century begins (perhaps every 25 years?). He also predicted that the next round of winners will contain many female contributors to the field of chemical engineering.

Century of Achievement Award Recipients

Roger M. Butler occupied the Endowed Chair of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary from 1983-1995. He graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in 1951, and taught Chemical Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston until he joined Imperial Oil in 1955. Butler's experience covers a wide range of petroleum industry research, engineering and development activities including heavy oil and tar sand production, refining, computer control and transportation. He is the president of GrayDrain Inc. and professor emeritus at the University of Calgary. As a distinguished lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Butler has spoken worldwide on the subject of horizontal wells, and Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage, the process he invented. He was awarded the R.S. Jane Memorial Lecture Award in 1987, and an ASTECH Research Prize for 'Innovation in Oil Sands Research' in 1992.

Since he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), Pierre J. Carreau has been a professor at Ecole Polytechnique (Montreal) in the chemical engineering department. He is internationally known for his research work on rheology of polymers, the area in which he published over 160 articles in leading scientific journals. He also co-authored two hooks: Polymer Processing: Principles and Modeling (Hanser, 1991), and Rheology of Polymeric Systems: Principles and Applications (Hanser, 1997). The so-called Carreau viscosity model is now part of most software packages available for the simulation of flow processing. He has presented over 80 invited conference papers at international meetings, Canadian universities and abroad and at various industrial and governmental laboratories around the world. In 1989, the University Joseph Fourier of Grenoble awarded him an Honorary Doctorate, and in 1989 he was appointed Fellow of The Chemical Institute of Canada. Carreau is the curren t editor of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering.

Professor Norman Epstein is an internationally recognized expert on the hydrodynamics and heat transfer characteristics of spouted beds. Throughout his career, he contributed significantly to the study and modeling of fouling of heat transfer surfaces. He is most frequently cited with respect to his 'Five by Five Matrix' (1983) for heat exchanger fouling, the Bhatia-Epstein 'Generalized Wake Model' (1974) in three-phase fluidization, and the Mathur-Epstein book on spouted beds (1974), which was subsequently translated into Russian (1978). He was instrumental in introducing a course on Technology and Society into the engineering curriculum at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and was editor of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering from 1985-1990. Epstein received his PhD of Engineering Science (chemical) from New York University in 1953. He has presented papers, lectures and courses in many countries within Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Latin America, and is presently professor emer itus in the department of chemical and bio-resource engineering at UBC.

George Govier received his PhD degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1949. From 1940-1963 he was associated with the University of Alberta in various positions including professor of chemical engineering, head of the department of chemical and petroleum engineering and dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He served as chief deputy minister of Energy and Natural Resources for the Government of Alberta in 1975 for two years, was vice-president of the petroleum recovery institute from 1976-1979, and was a member of the National Research Council of Canada from 1980-1982. He has served as an advisor to the Office of the Auditor General (Canada) respecting energy-related products and was elevated to Officer of the Order of Canada. Govier is currently on the Boards of Canadian Montana Gas Company, Canadian Pipe Line Company and Altana Exploration Ltd. He was admitted to the Petroleum Hall of Fame in 1999.

After obtaining his PhD degree from Cambridge University in 1968, John R. Grace was a faculty member at McGill University from 1968-1979. He then moved to the University of British Columbia where he served eight years as head of the department of chemical engineering and six years as dean of graduate studies. Grace has more than 240 publications, including several books, mostly on fluidization and related fluid-particle systems. He has served as a consultant for a number of companies and has been active in professional affairs, including serving as president of the CSChE, chair of the GIG, an editor of Chemical Engineering Science and an NSERC Council member. Most recently, he has been awarded a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship in recognition of his fluidization contributions and expertise.

Archie Hamielec was awarded his PhD degree in chemical engineering at the University of Toronto in 1961. His PhD specialization was in the field of fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer of Newtonian fluids. After graduation, he worked for Canadian Industries Ltd. as research engineer, leaving in 1963 to take up a position as assistant professor of chemical engineering at McMaster University. Hamielec is considered one of the founding fathers of polymer reaction engineering, and is responsible for its inception into chemical engineering research and teaching. He has published over 250 high-quality refereed papers in chemical engineering and polymer journals. Among numerous other distinguished awards, Hamielec received the R.S. Jane Award in 1994. He received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Waterloo and has been elected as FCIC and FRSC.

Upon graduation in 1953 with a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta, Charles H. Hantho joined C-I-L as a technical assistant at the Company Plastics Division in Edmonton until he was named general manager in 1968. He became a vice-president of C-I-L in 1971 and was elected a director two years later. Between 1976-1978 he was seconded to Imperial Chemical Industries in England and served as deputy chairman of ICI Petrochemicals Division. Before his retirement from C-I-L in 1988, Hantho was named chairman and CEO. He is a member of the Order of Canada (CM) and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Hantho organized industries' response to the climate change issue as a past chairman of the Executive Board of CIPEC and former chairman of the Minister's Advisory Council on Industrial Energy Efficiency for the Department of Natural Resources - Canada. He currently serves as co-chair of an Industry Table on Climate Change.

Born in Regina, SK, James Miller Hay received his BE (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Saskatchewan (1950), his MPE from the University of Tulsa (1954) and his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto (1957). In 1973, he became a director of Dow Chemical Canada Inc., and vice-president operations. He was the Dow executive directly responsible for the process development, design, construction, and operation of new world scale plants to produce ethylene (at Red Deer, AB and owned by NOVA), chlorine, caustic soda, vinyl chloride, polyethylene, ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol, and power at Dow's Fort Saskatchewan, AB site. These facilities were key to developing Alberta's world scale petrochemical presence. Hay was appointed president and CEO of Dow Canada in 1980, and chairman of the Board in 1983. He was a founder of the Institute for Chemical Science and Technology (ICST, now ESTAC). Hay retired from Dow in 1988, and has been an adjunct professor in the department of chemical a nd biochemical engineering at the University of Western Ontario since 1991.

After receiving his PhD at the University of Toulouse, France, in 1967, Serge Kaliaguine came to Quebec and has been teaching at Laval University since that time. He is the editor of four books in the series, Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis, one special issue of Catalysis Today, and has 230 publications in refereed scientific journals and five patents. Kaliaguine has been the chairman of several national and international meetings including the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (1995), two Symposia on Catalysis (1984 and 1998), the 1st International Symposium on Mesoporous Molecular Sieves (Baltimore, 1998) and the 2nd ISMMS (Quebec, 2000). In 1998, he received the Canadian Catalysis Award of the CIC as well as the Canadian Lectureship Award from the Canadian Catalysis Foundation.

John F. MacGregor received an MS in both chemical engineering and statistics and a PhD in statistics from the University of Wisconsin. Since the 1980s, MacGregor has been instrumental in developing new multivariate statistical approaches for the monitoring and diagnosis of batch and continuous plants. His international reputation is such that most conferences seek him as a plenary speaker. He has published over 120 refereed papers in high quality journals and attended over 60 invited presentations over the last eight years. His early work in polymer reaction engineering and control has lead to improved commercial designs. His most recent work in statistical quality control and process diagnostics is recognized as a key enabling technology to provide an edge in the worldwide competition over quality. MacGregor is co-director of the McMaster Institute of Polymer Production Technology (MIPPT) and is a founding member of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC).

Jacob H. Masliyah, professor of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Alberta, received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1970. In 1992, he was the recipient of the CSChE's Award in Industrial Practice, for distinguished contributions to the Canadian Industrial Sector. In 1993, Masliyah became a Fellow of The Chemical Institute of Canada and received the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Awards: Innovation in Oil Sands Research Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1996) and a recipient of the Alberta Cup (1997) in recognition of teaching and research. Masliyah has been an invited distinguished lecturer and speaker at numerous universities and presently holds the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Oils Sands (1996-2001).

Eric P. Newell was appointed chairman of the Syncrude Board of Directors in 1994. He has been CEO of Syncrude Canada Ltd. since 1989 and also served as president from 1989-1997. Since joining Syncrude, Newell has become a leading spokesperson for the Canadian oil sands industry. Prior to Syncrude, he worked for Imperial Oil Limited/Esso Petroleum Canada. He joined the company in the Process Computer Control Division in 1969 and was appointed manager, planning and development division, in 1984. From 1981-1984, he served as operations manager and then refinery manager of the IOCO Refinery near Vancouver, BC. Newell holds a MSc in management studies (1968), University of Birmingham, England, and a BSc in chemical engineering (1967), University of British Columbia. In 1995, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Athabasca University and was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Howard K. Rae received his PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1950, and joined NRC (the predecessor to AECL at the Chalk River site), to produce work on reprocessing of irradiated uranium using tri-butyl phosphate. In 1954, he was chosen for AECL's first look at heavy water production and by 1955, headed a group of engineers to derive costs for nuclear fuel reprocessing and recycling. His technical interests include aspects of reactor design insulated pressure tubes, deuteration of ion-exchange resin, pressure tube design and organic coolants. With the heavy water problem solved, Rae was appointed director of the fuels and materials division at Chalk River in 1976, and, in 1979, director of applied research and development. In 1985, he served as a member of the AECL Research Company Restructuring Task Force and was appointed vice-president, radiation applications and isotopes. Rae received the R.S. Jane Lecture Award in 1978 and was president of the CSChE from 1984-1985.

Garry L. Rempel received his BSc in chemistry in 1965 and his PhD in catalysis in 1968 from the University of British Columbia. From 1968 to 1969 he was a National Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England. Rempel joined the department of chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1969, where he is currently professor. He is internationally recognized for his major contributions to applied science and engineering, including fundamental and industrial applications of homogeneous catalysis, catalytic modification of polymers and polymer entrapped catalysts. He invented the TORNAC process, developed with Polysar Ltd., for the production of highly saturated acrylonitrile rubbers. He was awarded the Thomas W. Eadie Medal in 1993 and the R.S. Jane Memorial Lecture Award in 1998.

Douglas M. Ruthven has worked for more than 30 years in the general area of adsorption and adsorption separation processes. His special interest has been the application of zeolites as molecular sieve adsorbents. The results of his work have been published in numerous research papers as well as in three books: Principles of Adsorption and Adsorption Processes, John Wiley, NY (1984); Diffusion in Zeolites (with J. Karger), John Wiley, NY (1992); and Pressure Swing Adsorption (with K. Knaebel and S. Farooq), VCH, NY (1994). He was awarded the ScD degree by the University of Cambridge in 1988 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1989. In 1995, he moved from the University of New Brunswick to the University of Maine where he is professor and chair of the department of chemical engineering.

Michael V. Sefton of the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, University of Toronto, received his BASc from the University of Toronto (1971) and his ScD from MIT (1974). He was acting chair of the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry in 1994 (University of Toronto) and acting director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in 1995. In 1988, he was awarded the Albright and Wilson Americas Award of the CSChE in recognition of his contributions to research on the application of chemical engineering principles to medical problems. Sefton is a foreign Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of The Chemical Institute of Canada and of Biomaterials Science and Engineering. He is a member of the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering grant selection committee of NSERC and is also currently a member of the Surgery and Bioengineering Study Section of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Professor Leslie W. Shemilt received his BASc in chemical engineering and his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Toronto, as well as an MSc in chemistry from the University of Manitoba. He went on to hold professorships at the University of British Columbia and the University of New Brunswick, where he founded the department of chemical engineering; and at McMaster University where he served for 10 years as dean of engineering, becoming professor emeritus there in 1987. Shemilt created the Research and Productivity Council in New Brunswick and served as its first chairman from 1962-1969. He was a member in the United Church of Canada's General Council standing committee on Science, Technology and Ethics, and was chairman of the Task Force on Energy. For 17 years he was chair of the Technical Advisory Council to Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. on the Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program. Among the awards received by Shemilt are the R.S. Jane Memorial Medal and the Julian C. Smith Medal from the Eng ineering Institute of Canada.

Clifton A. Shook is professor emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan and scientific advisor to the Saskatchewan Research Council. He is recognized internationally as an outstanding authority in the area of slurry pipelining research and development. His international work includes United Nations programs in slurry flow research in Chile, India and China; consultation to the U.S. Department of Energy; lectures to graduate students in Cuba; and he is Canada's representative on the International Energy Agency's Multiphase Flow Research Committee. Shook's honours include: Best Presentation, Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (Windsor, 1966); Distinguished Research Award (Slurry Flow), International Freight Society 7th Symposium (Wollongong, Australia, 1992); and Alberta Science and Technology Award for Innovations in Oil Sands Technology (1994). He is co-author of the book Slurry Flow: Principles and Practice (Butterworth/Heinemann, 1991).

Srinivasa Sourirajan, PhD (Bombay), DEng (Yale), is internationally known for his work on reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration. He is the co-discoverer and co-developer of the original cellulose acetate reverse osmosis membrane for water desalination and related applications at UCLA (1956-1960). During his 25 years of service as a researcher at NRC, Ottawa (1961-1986), he made pioneering contributions to the science, engineering, technology and applications of membrane separations. He is also the founder and first director (1987-1992) of the Industrial Membrane Research Institute at the University of Ottawa. Sourirajan is the author or co-author of over 290 publications on the subject of membrane separation technology. He received the R.S. Jane Memorial Lecture Award in 1981 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 1994.

Donald R. Woods has taught in the department of chemical engineering at McMaster University for the past 35 years, and has had a huge impact on chemical engineering education not only in Canada but throughout the world. In 1994, he was named a Fellow of the AIChE based mainly on his contributions to the education of chemical engineers, and has been named a Fellow of The Chemical Institute of Canada. In 1996, Woods received an honorary doctoral degree from Queen's University. In his citation from Queen's he was described as a "teaching superstar". His research interests include the physical separation of particulate systems, the stability of emulsions and dispersions, design and simulation of chemical and waste treatment processes, coalescence and surface chemistry, capital cost estimation and strategies for solving problems and making decisions. Woods is also a prolific writer who has written a number of books including technical books in his discipline (financial decision-making and chemical plant simulation ), problem-based learning, and textbooks.
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Date:Jan 1, 2000
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