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Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering 2008 award winners/Gagnants 2008 des prix de la Societe Canadienne de Genie Chimique.


Bantrel Award in Design

and Industrial Practice

Prix Bantrel de la conception

et de la pratique industrielle

Sponsored by / Parraine par


The Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice is given to a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada for innovative design or production activities accomplished in Canada.

Le Prix Bantrel de la conception et de la pratique industrielle est presente a un citoyen canadien ou une personne qui reside au Canada pour souligner une conception ou des activites de production novatrices effectuees au Canada.

Yonghao Ni, MCIC

University of New Brunswick

Department of Chemical Engineering

Yonghao Ni is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick. He is also the Director of the Limerick Pulp and Paper Centre, and one of the Executive Councilors of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada. Ni received his B.Eng. in 1985 from the Northwest Institute of Light Industry in China, and his MEng. and PhD from McGill University in 1989 and 1992 respectively. In 1992, he was appointed NSERC Industrial Research Chair (Junior Chair) in Pulping Technology and promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 1996 and 2000, respectively. He was awarded a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in 2002. Ni's scientific contributions are in the areas of wood chemistry, pulping, pulp bleaching, and pulp properties. Ni has been involved in the development of a number of innovative pulp and paper processes in collaboration with industrial partners, many of which have been commercialized. He is an internationally recognized researcher, and has had 145 publications in refereed scientific journals, over 112 conference papers, 6 patents, and 7 patent applications pending. Ni has received many awards from Canada, the USA, and China, including: the Douglas Atack Award (Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada); the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award (Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering); a Distinguished Professorship (Tianjin University of Science and Technology); the John S. Bates Award (Pulp and Paper Technical Association

D. G. Fisher Award

Prix D.-G.-Fisher

Sponsored by / Parraine par The department of chemical and materials engineering, University of Alberta, Suncor Energy Foundation and Shell Canada Limited/ Le departement de genie chimique et des materiaux de la University of Alberta, la Suncor Energy Foundation et Shell Canada Limitee.

The D. G. Fisher Award is awarded to an individual who has made substantial contributions to the field of systems and control engineering. The award is given in recognition of significant contributions to any, or all, of the areas of theory, practice, and education.

Le Prix D.-G.-Fisher est decerne a une personne qui s'est distinguee par ses contributions importantes dans le domaine du genie des systemes et des controles. Il couronne les apports importants dans certains ou tous les domaines suivants: la theorie, la pratique et l'education.

Thomas Marlin

McMaster University

Department of Chemical Engineering

Tom Marlin joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University as NSERC Research Professor in Industrial Process Control in 1988. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 1972; then, he practiced engineering for 15 years in the chemical and petroleum industries where he designed and implemented control systems for chemical plants and petroleum refineries. He teaches university courses in process control, process analysis, problem solving, and optimization and has published a textbook on process control in the McGraw-Hill Series, which is in its second edition. In addition, he presents industrial short courses on process control, control benefits, and optimization. Marlin's research interests focus on improved performance of dynamic systems through real-time operations optimization and process control design. Current research concentrates on (a) robust MPC performance, (b) monitoring closed-loop optimization performance, (c) model fidelity for optimization and (d) determining the proper structure for plant-wide control. Marlin served as the visiting fellow for the 1988 Warren Centre (Australia) study on control benefits, received the McMaster President's Award for teaching in 2001, and received the 2002 Kalev Pugi Award from the Society of Chemical Industry of Canada (with J. MacGregor).

Process Safety

Management Award

Prix de gestion de la

securite operationnelle

Sponsored by / Parraine par

AON Reed Stenhouse Inc.

The Process Safety Management Award is presented as a mark of recognition to a person who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada to the Process Safety Management (PSM) Division of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering recognizing excellence in the leadership and dedication of individuals who have led Canada in the field of process safety and loss management (PSLM).

Le Prix de gestion de la securite operationnelle est decerne a titre de reconnaissance a une personne qui s'est distinguee au Canada par sa contribution exceptionnelle au sein de la Division de la gestion de la securite operationnelle de la Societe canadienne de genie chimique. Il reconnait l'excellence du leadership et du devouement des personnes qui ont ete des chefs de file duns le secteur canadien de la gestion de la securite operationnelle et des pertes.

Jan Windhorst

WEC Inc.

Jan Windhorst received his education in the Netherlands where he acquired a PhD in chemistry from Leiden University in 1975. In 1979, he received his MSc in chemical engineering from the Technical University in Delft. His academic experience includes pilot plant work and extensive postdoctoral chemical work. In 1980, he joined Syncrude and worked as a process "lead" on several large projects and developed dispersion and vapour cloud explosion software for building risk studies. In 1989, he joined NOVA Chemicals as a process development and safety engineer. For many years he represented NOVA Chemicals on the technical steering committee and subcommittees of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the AIChE. Early in 2008, he left NOVA to pursue other interest and start his own consulting company, WEC Inc. He is a member of the VDI, the ACS, the ISA and the AIChE and has peer-reviewed many of their CCPS books.

R. S. Jane Memorial Award

Prix commemoratif R.-S.-Jane

Sponsored by / Parraine par


The R. S. Jane Memorial Award is the premier prize of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and is awarded for exceptional achievement in chemical engineering or industrial chemistry in Canada.

Le Prix commemoratif R.-S.-Jane est le prix principal presente par Ia Societe canadienne de genie chimique pour souligner une contribution exceptionnelle au domaine du genie chimique ou de la chimie industrielle au Canada.

Krishnaswamy Nandakumar, FCIC

University of Alberta

Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Department of Chemical Engineering

Krishnaswamy Nandakumar has been a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Alberta for 25 years. Currently, he is the GASCO Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nandakumar received his BTech from Madras University in 1973, MSc from University of Saskatchewan in 1975 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1979. He has received the Alexander von Humnboldt research fellowship from the German government in 1989-90 and the Albright & Wilson Americas Award from the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering in 1991 for distinguished contributions to chemical engineering before reaching the age of 40. Nandakumar was elected as Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 1991 and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2006. He has received, from the University of Alberta, the McCalla Professorship (1992), the Killam Annual Professorship (2001) for excellence in research and the Rutherford Award (2001) for excellence in teaching. He has received the Excellence in Education Award (2002) and the Frank Spragins Technical Award (2008) from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. He has received the Sartorius India's Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award in 2003 and the CK Murthy memorial lecture award in 2006 from the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has been appointed as Editor of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering effective Jan 2005.

Syncrude Canada

Innovation Award

Prix d'innovation

Syncrude Canada

Sponsored by / Parraine par

Syncrude Canada Limited

The Syncrude Canada Innovation Award is presented annually to a resident of Canada, who has made a distinguished contribution to chemical engineering before the age of 40.

Le Prix d'innovation Syncrude Canada est decerne annuellement pour souligner une contribution importante au domaine du genie chimique par un ingenieur chimiste de moths de 40 ans qui reside au Canada.

Janet Elliott, MCIC

University of Alberta

Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Janet A.W. Elliott has been heralded by TIME Magazine as a researcher who defines the frontiers of science, by Alberta's largest newspapers as a scientist who encapsulates the Albertan spirit, and by a former student as a professor who could "convince rocks to study thermodynamics."

Elliott, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Thermodynamics in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, focuses her research on theoretical and experimental surface thermodynamics along with collaborative research on thermodynamics in cryobiology.

Elliott received her BASc (1990) in the physics option of engineering science, and her MASc (1992) and PhD (1997) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. After joining the University of Alberta as assistant professor in 1996, Elliott was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2003, simultaneously with her appointment as Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Elliott currently serves on the NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects selection committee and the editorial board of Cryobiology. She was the CSChE Director of Education and Student Affairs from 1998-2001. She has won many national, provincial and institutional awards such as The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Young Explorer's Prize (2002), Canadian Council of Professional Engineers Young Engineer Achievement Award (2001), Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta Early Accomplishment Award (2000), the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize (2007) and the University of Alberta Teaching Unit Award (2004).
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