Tom Marlin will be awarded the D. G. Fisher Award for 2008 from the Systems
and Control Division of the CSChE at the annual meeting held October 19-22
2008 in Ottawa. This is a well deserved recognition of Tom's important
contributions to process control education and research, as well as academic-industrial
research collaborations through MACC.
John F. MacGregor has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society
of Canada. His contributions span the areas of data analytic methods,
advanced process control and polymer reaction engineering. Pioneering
research on latent variable modeling approaches to interrogate large industrial
databases led to an explosion in the use of these methods for the analysis,
monitoring and control of industrial processes. Research on batch processes
has been particularly influential. Recent research on digital imaging
for process control and on the rapid development of new products is also
noteworthy. His earlier research on polymer reaction engineering, involving
fundamental modeling and advanced polymer property control, was instrumental
in helping to define that field.
John Vlachopoulos is the winner of the Stanley G. Mason
award for 2007. The award is presented to a Canadian rheologist, or a
rheologist who has worked
in Canada, for exceptional contributions to the science of rheology. The
award will be presented to John in the fall in an event to be organized
in the Hamilton area.
John has presented his international intensive short course on polymer
rheology and processing 60 times in 16 countries. He is a frequent lecturer
in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Greek) in conferences
and computer simulation.
Don Woods, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, was presented
with an honorary Doctor of Science degree at the convocation ceremony
held at Hamilton Place on June 7/07 in recognition of his many contributions
Don's reputation is that of an innovator in both chemical
engineering and learning. He is perhaps most widely known as a pioneer
of McMaster's distinctive learning strategies: inquiry and problem-based
John Brash, Director of the newly established McMaster School
of Biomedical Engineering, was presented with the R.S. Jane Memorial Award
at the 2006 annual meeting of the CSChE held in Sherbrooke Quebec on October
16, 2006 This award is presented to an individual who has made new significant
contributions to chemical engineering or industrial chemistry in Canada.
It is the premier award of The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.
Dr. Brash has worked in biomaterials and biocompatibility research for
some 35 years, with emphasis on materials for use in blood contact, which
are required for devices such as vascular grafts, coronary stents and
heart valves. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemical
Engineering at McMaster since 1972.
John MacGregor received the Award in Industrial Practice at the 2006
annual meeting of the CSChE held in Sherbrooke Quebec on October 16, 2006.
This award recognizes a distinguished contribution in the application
of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry to the industrial sphere.
MacGregor joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University
in 1972, after working in industry for several years as a process specialist
with Monsanto Company in Texas. He is a Distinguished University Professor
and Dofasco Chair in Process Automation and Information Technology. He
is also cofounder of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium that is
sponsored by many international companies.
Donald R. Woods (Emeritus Professor) was honored at the
2006 Faculty of Engineering Convocation with the President's Award for
Instruction. This Award recognizes the contribution of an individual to
education through innovation, achievement or continuing excellence in
classroom or personal instruction. Don is the first winner of all three
President's teaching awards, an unprecedent achievement, having previously
won the President's Award for Course or Resource Design (1999, shared
with Dr. Cam Crowe) and the inaugural President's Award for Educational
Leadership (1993). Among the many awards and recognitions for his work
in education, Don has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Queen's
University and the University of Guelph, a 3M Teaching Fellowship and
the OCUFA teaching award.
Kim Jones receives CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund Award
Kim Jones received an award of $99,331 for new equipment
that will allow her to evaluate biomaterials at the cellular and
molecular level. She will be able to screen the biomaterials more
efficiently and inexpensively, allowing her to move to the next phase
of her research: the design of the next generation of biomaterials that
are themselves biologically active.
Shiping Zhu, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering,
has been awarded a renewal of his Canada Research Chair in Polymer Science
and Engineering. For the next five years as Canada Research Chair, Dr.
Zhu plans to develop novel polymerization technologies for surface modification
of various materials. These materials include metals, ceramics and other
polymers whose modification can be for protective or catalytic purposes.
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Andrew Hrymak (Chair and Professor, Chemical Engineering)
was awarded the 2005 Excellence in Process Development Research Award
by the Process Development Division of the American Institute of Chemical
Engineers . The presentation was made on November 2, 2005 at the AIChE
Annual Meeting held in Cincinnati. The award recognizes individuals who
have made significant technical contributions to the advances in industrial
process development, disseminated by means of well-documented materials
John MacGregor, a
professor of chemical engineering at McMaster, has received the Dr. Guido Carlo-Stella
Award from The World Batch Forum (WBF). It will be presented at the upcoming
WBF 2005 North American Conference May 15-18 2005 in Atlantic City, NJ.
The Dr. Guido Carlo-Stella Award,
created in 1999 in honor of its namesake, is presented every year to individuals
who have demonstrated technical excellence or have mentored and inspired others in the
field of automation and information integration in the manufacturing industries. Click here for full story
Robert H. Pelton
Dr. Robert H. Pelton
has been named a TAPPI Fellow. This distinction will be announced officially
at the Tappi Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, February 23, 2005 in Tampa
TAPPI is the leading technical association for the worldwide pulp, paper and
converting industry. TAPPI Fellowship is an honorary title bestowed upon less
than one percent of TAPPI's membership, and is given to individuals who have
made extraordinary technical or service contributions to the industry and/or
the Association. Click here for
elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Professor John Brash was elected
into the Royal Society of Canada, the induction ceremony will take place on
Saturday November 20, 2004. Dr. Brash is a Fellow in the Academy of Science,
Applied Science and Engineering Division. Fellowship
in the Society is considered one of Canada's most prestigious academic accolades
to which scholars and scientists aspire. Click here for more information on
the Royal Society of Canada
Dr. John Vlachopoulos
John Vlachopoulos received
the distinguished Achievement Award of the Extrusion Division of the Society
of Plastics Engineers (SPE) during the SPE's Annual Technical Meeting (ANTEC)
in Chicago on May 18, 2004. A plaque and an honorarium was given in recognition
of Dr. Vlachopoulos' contributions to polymer extrusion technology and to the
Filipe and Dr. Raja Ghosh
were among 15 promising
young researchers who were awarded more than 2.4 million from the New Opportunites
Fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation Dr. Ghosh was awarded $112,981
and Dr. Filipe along with Dr. Sarah Dickson & others was awarded $487,374.
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John MacGregor has earned an outstanding scholarly reputation in the area of
process and product quality monitoring, advanced process control, and polymer
The professor of chemical engineering
and holder of the Dofasco Chair in Automation Process was instrumental in the
development of three major research centres at McMaster: the McMaster Institute
for Polymer Production Technology, McMaster Advanced Control Consortium, and
the Steel Research Centre. Business Week magazine cited him as one of the top
five people in North America in the areaof quality improvement.
MacGregor has pioneered several
innovative research fields of engineering. His work has had a profound influence
on the Canadian process systems engineering and chemical engineering communities,
and internationally in the general area on product and process quality improvement.
A recipient of the President's Award
for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision, MacGregor's many other honours
include the Century of Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Chemical
Engineering, the W. G. Hunter Award for Quality Control, the Professional Engineers
of Ontario Engineering Medal (Research and Development), the Bell Canada Forum
Award. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Society.
Canada Research Chair for Dr. R. Pelton
newest Canada Research Chairs will study advances in biotechnology to improve
papermaking chemicals and mathematical logic. Dr. Robert Pelton, Professor in
Chemical Engineering has been named a Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies. His research involves using emerging
biotechnological developments to produce new papermaking chemicals that are less harmful to the environment. Pelton’s
research group is considered the world’s largest, most prolific academic research
group working in the area of polymers in papermaking.
Pelton, founding director of the McMaster
Centre for Pulp and Paper Research and scientific leader of the new Canadian Network of Pulp and Paper Researchers, is a Tier 1 chairholder. His appointment
$200,000 a year for seven years and is renewable. Effective April 2003.
John F. MacGregor Canadian Academy of Engineering
John F. MacGregor has been recognized for his "notable achievements"
and inducted as a member into the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Last week at the Academy's annual meeting. Dr. MacGregor was recognised for his work in a number of key areas, most notably in multivariate methods
for process monitoring, analysis and optimization, and in advanced control of polymerization processes. These
techniques have now seen applications in hundreds of major industrial studies,
and many of them are becoming standard industrial practice(2002)
John F. MacGregor and Thomas E. Marlin
SCI Canada 2002 Awards Dinner February 20, 2002
first presentation of the Kalev Pugi award is made to Professor John F. MacGregor
Thomas E. Marlin, in recognition of their outstanding work in bringing together
the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC) as a model research and development
partnership project with Canadian and international industry. MACC is an industrially
oriented research centre within the Chemical Engineering Department at McMaster
University, Hamilton, Ontario, which supports the chemical process industries,
as well as other industrial sectors.
MacGregor, B.Eng. M.Sc. Ph.D. F.A.S.A. P.Eng. is a Professor in the Department
of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. He is holder of the Dofasco
Chair in Process Automation and Information Technology, and Associate Director
of the McMaster Institute for Polymer Production Technology. He received his
B.Eng. at McMaster, his M.Sc. at the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. in 1972, also at Wisconsin.
Dr. MacGregor teaches Process Control at the University and has been a Member
of MACC since it was launched in 1988. His research interests are computer
control of chemical processes, development of polymer production technology,
and statistical methods for process
monitoring and optimisation.
Marlin, B.S. M.S. Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering
at McMaster University, and Director of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium
(MACC). He received his B.S. at the State University of New York at Buffalo,
his M.S. at the University of Dayton, and his Ph.D. in 1972 at the University
of Massachusetts. Dr. Marlin teaches Process Control at Hamilton, and has
been Director of MACC since it was launched in 1988. His research interests
are advanced control and optimisation in the process industries.
the leadership of John MacGregor and Thomas Marlin, MACC has grown since 1988
to approximately 20 companies in a variety of sectors, from North America
and Europe. The MACC industrial collaboration model is highly regarded by
students, academic staff and industrial participants alike.
Don Woods recipient of Honorary degree
received an honorary doctor of science degree and gave the convocation address
Oct. 15 2001 during the opening-day ceremony for the College of Physical and
Engineering Science, the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural
College and the Ontario Veterinary College. The author of six books and hundreds
of articles,book chapters and reports, Woods has taught at McMaster since 1970,
earning a provincial OCUFA teaching award and a national 3M Fellowship. He is
recognized internationally as an academic scholar in teaching, research and
administration. Most recently, Woods has promoted problem-based learning across
many university disciplines and has been recognized with awards for engineering
education from around the world. He is a member of the Chemical Institute of
Canada, the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering, the Association
of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the American Institute of Chemical
Winner of the 2001 SPE Education Award
Connecticut, May 8, 2001...This year, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
is pleased in naming Dr. John Vlachopoulos, Professor, Department of Chemical
Engineering, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, the recipient of the 2001
SPE EDUCATION AWARD. This award is sponsored by the Detroit Section and the
Automotive Division of SPE in honor of long-time member, Fred E. Schwab. The
presentation was made by SPE's 2000-2001 President, James H. Brackeen during
the Society's 59th Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) at the Awards Luncheon
on May 8th, held in the Dallas Convention Center, Texas.
At McMaster in 1987, Dr. Vlachopoulos created the Centre for Advanced Polymer
Processing and Design (CAPPA-D), of which he serves as director. Known among
his students and colleagues for his enthusiasm and dedication to education,
he has supervised the research work of numerous post-doctoral fellows, Ph.D.
students, and master's students; and he is a frequent lecturer (in five languages)
at conferences and seminars around the world and a consultant to the polymer
Dr. Vlachopoulos is the author or co-author of some 200 articles, conference
papers, and book chapters, and with his co-workers he has created a dozen commercially
available software packages. He established Polydynamics Inc. in 1994 for software
research, development, and marketing. Dr. Vlachopoulos earned his Dipl. Ing.
from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece, and an M.S. and a
D.Sc. from Washington University (St. Louis). The Education Award is
one of seven international awards presented this year by the Society. The awards
consist of a $2,500 honorarium and an acrylic plaque.
Brash Receives University Professor Title
professor John Brash has earned an international reputation for his work in
the field of biomaterials.
He is being honoured at Spring Convocation this year (2001) with the title of
University Professor, which he will hold for life. This award is the highest
honour the University bestows on its faculty. Brash joined the University
in 1972 as an associate professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering
and Pathology & Molecular Medicine. His research has focused on the
development of novel biomaterials for use in the construction of medical devices,
as well as studies of the interactions of proteins from blood and other biological
fluids with these materials - the frontier between materials science and engineering
and the life sciences.
Brash, a member of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, is recognized
as one of the top scientists in this field in the world.
His work is truly interdisciplinary linking chemical engineering, materials
science and the life sciences.
As well, Brash served as the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering
from 1997 to 2000 andis a key contributor to the development of a long-term
strategy to increase the undergraduate and graduate opportunities in biotechnology.
This plan is now supported by two Canada Research Chair openings and two tenure-track
Brash's contributions have been recognized internationally with multiple awards
and accolades including the Clemson Award for Biomaterials Research in 1994
and an honorary doctorate from Université Paris XIII in 1996.
Marlin receives 2001 President's Award for Excellence in Course or Resource
a professor of chemical engineering, is recognized for his 13-year development
of a comprehensive set of resources -- from textbook to Web site -- into integrated
teaching resources that meet the needs of his students and others around the
world. This award specifically honours his textbook, Process Control, Designing
Process and Control Systems for Dynamic Performance, educational software called
The Software Laboratory and Complementary Manual and a Web site called Interactive
Learning Modules and Instrumentation Notes. During the development, Marlin
has continually integrated feedback from his students and from instructors at
other universities. As a result, technical content was strengthened, presentations
were clarified, software interfaces were simplified and Web formats enriched.
His nomination included several letters from colleagues noting the innovative
nature and quality of the resources. The textbook is used in half of the chemical
engineering departments in Canada, 23 universities in the U.S. and in six other
countries including Australia and England. More than 200 professors have obtained
a copy of The Software Laboratory to use with their students.
Canada Research Chair for Dr. S. Zhu
(Stephen) Zhu, Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Chemical Engineering
and Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded a Canada Research
Chair (CRC). The CRC program will help Canadian universities attract
and retain the best research faculty. The award was announced in the first round
of CRC appointments in December, 2000. Dr. Zhu is a very active researcher with
responsibilities as an Associate Director of the McMaster Institute for Polymer
Production Technology, an associate member of the Department of Chemistry and
an active collaborator in the Brockhouse Institute of Materials Research. He
has published more than 76 refereed papers, submitted 2 patent applications,
and given more than 70 conference presentations and invited lectures in North
America, Europe and Asia. He received an Ontario Premiers Research
Excellence Award in 2000. As an educator, Dr. Zhus teaches in
both chemical engineering and materials science and engineering. He was nominated
for a McMaster Student Union Teaching Excellence Award in 1999.
Dr. Zhu's research and
teaching is primarily in the areas of theoretical and experimental studies of
polymer science and engineering. In his CRC proposal, Dr. Zhu highlighted his
research in the development of novel polymerization technologies such as atom-transfer
radical polymerization for synthesizing well-defined high-performance functional
polymers and polymerization using nanotube particle and membrane supported catalysts.
more information: http://www.chemeng.mcmaster.ca/faculty/zhu/ and http://www.chairs.gc.ca/
Archie Hamielec, John MacGregor, Les Shemilt and Don Woods
given Century of Achievement Awards by the CSChE. These awards are in
connection with the "Century of Light" theme of the CSChE annual meeting
in Saskatoon in 2000. They honoured "Canadian
chemical engineers who have made significant industrial or academic accomplishments
in the 20th Century".
They were decided by a committee of peers from academia and industry
from across Canada. Only 20 recipients were chosen from among those nominated.
Dofasco Chair in Process
Automation and Information Technology
John MacGregor Shewhart Medal
John MacGregor was presented
with the Shewhart Medal at the 52nd Annual Quality Congress of the American
Society for Quality, May 4, 1998, Philadelphia. The Shewhart Medal is presented
to the individual who has been deemed by the committee to have made the most
outstanding contribution to the science and techniques of quality control or
who has demonstrated leadership in the field of modern quality control. Citation:
The Shewhart Medal for 1997 is awarded to John F. MacGregor. "For leadership
in the improvement of quality through groundbreaking advances in process control
involving development and application of new methodologies and for clear communication
of these ideas to industrial and academic audiences through numerous publications,
courses and presentations. John MacGregor also received the Bell Canada Inc.
Forum Award . It was presented to him at their Annual Meeting of the Corporate-Higher
Education Forum in Montreal. This award is offered to promising researchers
carrying out collaborative industry-university research and development. The
award is valued at $5,000.00. Congratulations John.
John MacGregor was the
1997 recipient of the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award. The award includes
a plaque of recognition, as well as an award of $3000. Also, the recipient of
this award is the featured speaker at the CAST Banquet at the Annual AIChE Meeting.
John MacGregor was one
of twenty-five nominees for the first annual "President's Award for Excellence
in Graduate Supervision". John was bestowed with one of the two awards
at a ceremony held at the McMaster Faculty Club. He was nominated by six of
his current and former graduate students and the nomination was also supported
by Phil Wood.
Dr. Bob Pelton
National Synergy R&D Partnership Award
Good, clean research: Chemical
engineering professor Dr. Bob Pelton was recently honoured with a national Synergy
R&D Partnership Award for his work with Dorset Industrial Chemicals
Ltd. to create a new line of water soluble polymers that remove impurities during
pulping. Pelton is director of McMaster's Centre for Pulp and Paper Research.
Through the work of chemical engineering professor Dr. Bob Pelton, McMaster
is one of the leading centres for pulp and paper research in Canada.
Canadians don't always
realize that the country's biggest export is not fish or wheat, but newsprint,
says chemical engineering professor Dr. Bob Pelton.
"People also think
that the Scandinavian pulp and paper manufacturers are the environmentally friendly
ones, but in fact Canada is ahead in treating effluent from pulp mills,"
A research scientist with
the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada for seven years before coming
to McMaster, Dr. Pelton is well aware of the importance of the forest products
and lumber industry, and, through his research on the processes and chemistry
of pulping, has helped make these processes cleaner and more efficient.
He has won a number of
awards and grants for his work, and recently was recognized with a Synergy R&D
Partnership Award, sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council and the Conference Board of Canada, which honors excellence in research,
innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship that lead to commercial benefits
to industry and rewards to the university.
The Synergy Award cited
Pelton's partnership with Dorset Industrial Chemicals Ltd., of Montreal, which
helped create a new line of water-soluble polymers that remove impurities during
pulping. Dorset continues to support the University with a $40,000-a-year grant-in-aid,
which allows the University to receive an additional $80,000 in matching government
Although Dr. Pelton conducts
a number of research projects in pulp and paper, including work on the de-inking
process required for efficient paper recycling and on strengthening paper with
chemical additives, Dorset was interested in his work on pulp-washing.
"Canada's second biggest
export is kraft pulp, a dried pulp that can be 're-slushed' to make paper,"
explains Pelton, adding that Canada is famous for the softwood trees of northern
Ontario, Quebec and B.C. Their long, thin cellulose fibres make the highest-quality
"Part of the process
of making the pulp is washing it. The better you can wash it, the less you have
to bleach it, and the less bleach you use, the less effluent there is,"
There are two types of
pulping, mechanical and chemical; the mechanical pulp - of which Canada is a
major exporter - is used to make newsprint. Ground down by machine, wood becomes
fibrous enough to make paper, but grinding doesn't remove lignin, a dark substance
in wood that gives newsprint its yellow tinge and makes it get more yellow with
In order to make finer
papers, the lignin has to be either washed or bleached out, and, for environmental
reasons, manufacturers have been striving to reduce bleaching and to minimize
the amount of water used in washing.
"In the 'old, old
days,' up until the end of the Second World War, manufacturers used huge volumes
of water in the pulping process and simply dumped the effluent back into the
water system," says Pelton. "Canadian mills have spent billions on
waste treatment plants, on primary, secondary and tertiary waste treatment.
There are a few new fully closed mills that discharge no effluent at all. In
fact, cleaning up water pollution is pretty well solved."
For the Dorset project,
Pelton and an 11-member research group, including graduate students, post-doctoral
fellows and a research engineer, developed a chemical that, when added to the
water being sprayed through a moving screen of raw pulp, enhances the water's
ability to remove impurities. "They're the same chemicals used in water
treatment plants," says Pelton, adding, "Not all chemicals are bad!"
The discovery, he says,
was not a "eureka" type of breakthrough, but he admits that until
he began working on some of the pulping processes, it was unusual for someone
with a chemical engineering background to get involved in pulp-washing research,
which is usually done by mechanical engineers.
His expertise in this area
helped the University obtain funding in 1990 from the federal Networks of Centres
of Excellence program to establish the McMaster Centre for Pulp and Paper Research,
which, together with groups at the University of Toronto, McGill, the University
of British Columbia and the University of Quebec at Trois Rivières, continues
to look at ways to improve the country's largest industry.
Philip Wood - Union
Carbide Award (1996)
Don Woods - Honorary
Degree of Science, Queens University (1997)
Dr. John Brash
- Honorary Doctorate Degree, L'Universti de Paris Nord (1995)
Dr. Les W. Shemilt
- Montreal Medal, Chemical Institute of Canada (1995)