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CivMin professors and students honoured with industry awards

Award-winning CivMin Professors (L to R) Khandker Nurul Habib, Jeff Packer, Frank Vecchio and Doug Hooton


CivMin professors, as well as two Master’s students, have received recognition in the form of awards from professional organizations. The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) made its awards public May 27, though usually reserving the announcement as a surprise for a ceremony at an annual conference. The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the ACI Foundation award recipients with an online release.


Prof. Khander Nurul Habib

Prof. Khandker Nurul Habib has been selected to receive the Sandford Fleming Award from the CSCE. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a civil engineer to transportation engineering research and/or practice in Canada.

Habib has been a professor at the University of Toronto since 2010. He received his B.Sc. (2000) and M.Sc. (2002) degrees in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. He received his PhD (2007) from the University of Toronto.


Prof. Jeff Packer, YuJing Fan and Jens Kuhn

Prof. Jeff Packer, along with co-authors Jens Kuhn and YuJing Fan, have been selected to receive the Casimir Gzowski Award from the CSCE for the paper Rectangular hollow section webs under transverse compression (cjce-2018-0485). The distinction is awarded annually for the best civil engineering paper in surveying, structural engineering or heavy construction.

Packer is gracious in sharing the limelight. “This “best paper award” is super recognition of excellent research performed by two talented graduate students – YuJing Fan (experimental work) and Jens Kuhn (numerical work) – which was directed at addressing issues with the Canadian steel structures design standard, CSA S16.”


Prof. Frank Vecchio

Prof. Frank Vecchio has been recognized with two awards: the Arthur J. Boase Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the A.B. Sanderson Award from the CSCE.

The Arthur J. Boase Award of the Concrete Research Council, established in 1971, is given in recognition of a person, persons, or an organization for outstanding research in the structural concrete field, or for outstanding contributions to the advancement of concrete technology through application of the results of structural concrete research. The award is a plaque suitably inscribed with the name of the recipient and the citation.

The A.B. Sanderson Award is made to a member of CSCE who has, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, made an outstanding contribution to the field of structural engineering in Canada. This contribution may be either in the area of development, design or education.

Vecchio remarks, “The ACI award is in recognition of career achievements, and thus important to me as I wind down my work and seque into retirement. The CSCE award is also special to me as it is a ‘tip of the cap’ by colleagues for having made some contribution to my profession in this
great country.”

Prof. Doug Hooton

Prof. Doug Hooton was previously named to Fellow of the Society with CSCE.

As part of conditions for the award, besides an exemplary career and credentials, a nominee must have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience and shall have been a member of CSCE [Life Member (LMCSCE), Member (MCSCE), Associate Member (ASCSCE)] in good standing for a minimum of 5 consecutive years as of the nomination closing date.

The CSCE annual conference, originally scheduled for May 27-30 in Saskatoon, has been cancelled. All 2020 awards recipients will be honoured at the 2021 annual conference in Niagara Falls, Ont.


By Phill Snel

CivE Alumna Deborah Goodings receives Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award

Thirteen accomplished members of U of T Engineering’s alumni community, including CivE alumna Deborah Goodings, were recognized on Nov. 7 at the annual Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards.

The awards ceremony, held at the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, celebrated alumni for their outstanding contributions to the Skule™ community as well as their remarkable career achievements.

“At all stages of their careers, U of T Engineering graduates use their creativity, technical knowledge and leadership skills to make life better for people around the world, and tonight’s award winners are shining examples,” said Dean Christopher Yip. “The depth and breadth of their impact is outstanding and truly inspiring. On behalf of the Faculty, I wish them all our warmest congratulations.”

The Hall of Distinction is an assembly of extraordinary alumni, selected for membership by their peers for their exemplary accomplishments. These are graduates whose performances have ultimately defined what is most outstanding in our graduates and in our profession. The careers of the members stand as examples and add a sense of reality to the aspirations of successive generations of U of T Engineering students.

Deborah Goodings, CivE 7T5

Deborah Goodings (CivE 7T5) is associate dean of engineering at George Mason University. In addition to her research and teaching at the University of Maryland, she co-founded and co-directed the UMD Master of Engineering and Public Policy Program. She also established one of the earliest and most active student chapters of Engineers Without Borders-USA, which completed 10 international infrastructure projects under her guidance. In recognition of her Engineers Without Borders-USA leadership, a gift was made to the university to endow the Deborah J. Goodings Professorship in Engineering for Global Sustainability.

Goodings’ experience and expertise have led to her service to the U.S. National Academies and National Research Council, as well as to institutional visiting and review committees both in the United States and Canada. She was elected as a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, in 1996. Her career accomplishments have been recognized with awards from the U.S. Department of the Army; the U.S. National Research Council; the U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research; Professional Engineers Ontario; and the University of Maryland.

Goodings earned her BASc in civil engineering from the University of Toronto and her PhD in geotechnical engineering from Cambridge University. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers; a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (ret.); a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario; and a proud Canadian.

Learn more about Deborah Goodings (video)

Read about the other recipients from the 2019 Engineering Alumni Awards

Hart professorships boost research into medical diagnostics, smart cities and more

Seven new Hart Professorships will boost U of T Engineering research into technologies across a range of fields, from improved medical testing to more efficient transportation networks.

Created in 2016 by a landmark bequest from the estate of alumnus Erwin Edward Hart (CivE 4T0), the Percy Edward Hart and Erwin Edward Hart professorships are awarded to faculty members who are within the first 10 years of their careers. They provide increased research funding for a period of three years. Today’s announcement recognizes the second cohort to receive these awards.

“Each of these seven professors has demonstrated a high level of research excellence and exemplary graduate student mentorship,” said Christopher Yip, Dean, U of T Engineering. “These awards will accelerate their work and lead to innovations that can address some of the toughest challenges we face, from supplying safe water, to fighting cancer.”

Khandker Nurul Habib (CivMin), Percy Edward Hart Professor in Civil and Mineral Engineering
Planning and optimizing transportation in the age of self-driving cars

Khandker Nurul Habib (CivMin), Percy Edward Hart Professor in Civil and Mineral Engineering, studies the impact that autonomous vehicles will have on urban transportation systems. (Photo: Roberta Baker)

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are poised to have a powerful impact on urban transportation. Yet our infrastructure — roads, rails, subways, parking lots — was designed and built well before the rise of AVs. Better design could enhance the benefits of AVs, while minimizing the risks.

Nurul Habib and his team are addressing this challenge. They are leveraging digital tools to gain a better picture of how people and goods move in our cities, and building new models to predict how our transportation behaviour will change as AVs become more widespread. Their ultimate goal is a decision-support tool that will help city planners make smarter decisions around transportation.

Oya Mercan (CivMin), Erwin Edward Hart Professor in Civil and Mineral Engineering
Better testing for safer construction

Professor Oya Mercan combines computer models and experiments to study how building components stand up to high winds, earthquakes and other stressors. (Photo: Tyler Irving)

A changing climate will bring more extreme weather events, including high winds. In order to understand the effects of these events on man-made structures, Mercan and her team combine computer models and large-scale dynamic experiments in a method known as real-time hybrid simulation, or RTHS.

RTHS models can compare the effectiveness of traditional construction methods with new and emerging methods, such as modular construction. In addition to high winds, it can also assess resilience to other natural disasters, such as earthquakes. Going forward, these tools will help civil engineers and architects proactively mitigate climate change and other challenges through good design, resulting in better, safer buildings.

David Taylor (CivMin, ISTEP), Erwin Edward Hart Professor in Global Engineering
Enhancing global water supplies

David Taylor analyzes so-called “intermittent” water supply systems with the goal of improving equitable access to safe water to everyone around the world. (Photo: Roberta Baker)

The United Nations has declared access to safe water a human right. But for more than a billion people around the world, running water comes from “intermittent systems” that are only turned on some of the time. Before joining the Centre for Global Engineering, Taylor worked in places such as India to understand and model these systems, including how changes to them will impact factors such as operation costs and customer satisfaction.

Going forward, he plans to further validate and refine his models using sensors that measure pressure or acoustic responses in the pipes. His insights will inform strategies for operating intermittent systems in more efficient and equitable ways, as well as lower the costs of converting intermittent systems to continuous ones. Ultimately, the research will enable more people to access safe water.

Other U of T Engineering Professors who received Hart Professorships

Ben Hatton (MSE), Percy Edward Hart Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
Engineering safer surfaces

Professor Ben Hatton. (Photo: Mark Neil Balson)

Hatton and his team study and design surfaces at the micro- and nanometre scale, and will use part of the award to study how bacteria exploit tiny crevices to hide from disinfectant products. The work has important implications for the fight against hospital-acquired infections, which affect hundreds of millions of patients each year.

Other projects include research into how certain plant leaves and insect exoskeletons have evolved to repel parasites, and a study that uses a ‘switchable adhesion’ material created by Hatton to enhance robotic gripping and assistive devices

Xinyu Liu (MIE), Percy Edward Hart Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Microfluidic nanobiosensors for improved disease diagnosis

Professor Xinyu Liu (MIE), Percy Edward Hart Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, developed nanobiosensors that can be used in microfluidic devices to diagnose diseases quickly and efficiently. (Photo: Tyler Irving)

Liu and his team are exploring the potential of nanomaterials to enhance a class of medical devices known as point-of-care (POC) diagnostic biosensors. These low-cost tests take samples from a patient —  such as a drop of blood — and run fast, reliable analyses for biomarkers associated with various diseases, without the need for complex and costly laboratory equipment.

One material, known as nanofibrillated cellulose, is created from wood and can be made into transparent paper that contains hollow channels. These channels can hold tiny samples in a way that makes them easy to analyze. Another material, molybdenum disulfide, provides a bio-electronic interface that can detect very small amounts of specific proteins, greatly increasing the sensitivity of diagnostics. The research has applications in the detection of prostate cancer, brain injuries and other disorders.


Josh Taylor (ECE), Percy Edward Hart Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Optimizing power networks

Professor Josh Taylor studies how to combine the best of AC and DC power lines for a grid that is safe, reliable and efficient. (Photo: Caitlin Free Photography)

Most of the power lines that supply electricity to cities and towns operate using alternating current (AC). But some direct current (DC) lines also exist, and they can have their advantages: for example, the 2003 Northeastern Blackout largely missed Quebec because most of its interconnections are DC lines. Over the past 10 years, the total installed capacity of DC lines worldwide has doubled.

Taylor and his team will optimize power networks that contain both AC and DC lines. Using analytical and computational tools from control theory and optimization, they can predict how the addition of new lines or the replacement of old ones would impact factors such as capital cost, operating costs and stability. The research aims to guide the creation of power grids that combine the best of both worlds to provide safe, reliable and efficient electricity.

Lidan You (MIE), Erwin Edward Hart Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
A mechanical approach to fighting cancer

Lidan You and her team design microfluidic devices for earlier diagnosis of diseases such as cancer. (Photo: Liz Do)

You and her team leverage their expertise in mechanical engineering to develop new ways of detecting and combating cancer. One example is the creation of microfluidic devices that can perform analytical chemistry tests that are less costly and more sensitive than current approaches. They are currently developing a microfluidic chip that can detect very low levels of clonal circulating plasma cells, which are considered a biomarker for aggressive forms of multiple myeloma.

Another example is the use of physical exercise and its alternatives to improve treatment. In breast cancer, exercise is known to have both psychological and physical benefits, including reduced risk of metastasis. However, some patients experience significant barriers to regular exercise. You is researching the use of high-frequency mechanical signals to create whole-body vibration, and assessing its potential as a supplement to traditional exercise.

By Tyler Irving

Originally published on U of T Engineering News

CivMin professor, and alumna receive Engineers Canada Awards

Professor Jennifer Drake (CivMin) received the Young Engineer Achievement Award, which recognizes an engineer under 36 years of age for outstanding contributions. (Photo credit: Tyler Irving)

Engineers Canada has recognized Professor Jennifer Drake (CivMin) and alumna Helen Wojcinski (CivMin 8T7) with Engineers Canada Awards. The national awards celebrate engineers who have made distinguished contributions to Canada.

Drake received the Young Engineer Achievement Award, which recognizes an engineer under 36 years of age for outstanding contributions. Wojcinski garnered the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service, presented to an engineer who makes exemplary volunteer contributions to the community.

Drake holds a Dean’s Catalyst Professorship in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering. Her research is focused on Low-impact Development (LID) stormwater systems, watershed planning and stormwater management, as well as the impact of LID technologies on aquatic environments, urban water security and wet weather policy.

Her work aims to reduce flooding by creating alternative pathways for rainwater within the urban environment. Drake has developed new, more accurate regional flood equations for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for ungauged watercourses, work that is essential for flood response planning.

As a member of U of T’s Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, she is currently working with the City of Toronto and Toronto Water on research that will inform the city’s Green Roof Bylaw and Green Construction Standard. Drake serves on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Regional Watershed Alliance.

She is committed to increasing the public’s knowledge and understanding of issues related to urban flooding and flood prevention through social media and other outreach. In 2018, she received an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and was awarded the Ontario Professional Engineers Young Engineer Medal.

An accomplished engineer, Wojcinski managed the Highway 407 West design-build project for the Ontario Transportation Capital Corporation and now operates her own management consulting practice.

For more than 20 years, she has volunteered in leadership roles on boards and committees for several health care and social services organizations, including the Simcoe-York Region District Health Council, Blue Hills Child and Family Centre, Southlake Residential Care Village and Surrey Place. She also contributes to arts and culture as a board member for the Canadian National Exhibition Association.

A passionate advocate for women in engineering, Wojcinski was Chair of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Women in Engineering Advisory Committee from 1993-1995, during which time the committee lay the foundation for initiatives related to workplace harassment and changes to the Professional Engineers Act’s Professional Misconduct section. She is a member of the Engineers Canada Equitable Participation in the Profession Committee, Chair of PEO’s 30 by 30 Task Force, and PEO’s 30 by 30 Champion for Engineers Canada.

Wojcinski has received the U of T Arbor Award, the Engineering 2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award, and the Ontario Professional Engineers Citizenship Award. She is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

“These exceptional engineers demonstrate the tremendous contributions that U of T Engineering faculty and alumni are making at all stages of their careers, as well as the breadth of those contributions,” said Dean Cristina Amon. “On behalf of the Faculty, I congratulate them on this richly deserved recognition.”

By Carolyn Farrell

Story originally posted on U of T Engineering News


Lassonde Mineral Engineering Students take gold – 4 oz of gold

Winning Lassonde Mineral Engineering Team (Zawwar Ahmed (MinE Year 3), Dalton Veintimilla (MinE Year 4), Ice Peerawattuk (MinE Year 4) and Jihad Raya (MinE PEY)) with Candace MacGibbon, CEO of INV Metals (at centre).

This weekend, Zawwar Ahmed (MinE Year 3), Ice Peerawattuk (MinE Year 4), Jihad Raya (MinE PEY) and Dalton Veintimilla (MinE Year 4) successfully defended their first place title in the Goodman Gold Challenge (GGC) in Sudbury.

The GGC is a competition at Laurentian University that invites undergraduate students to assess three gold companies as investment opportunities. In teams of four, students recommend one of the three companies to a top-tier client.

The Lassonde Mineral Engineering team won the cash equivalent of four ounces of gold for their outstanding use of their academic and practical skills at the GGC.

Congratulations from the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering. Keep up the good work!


Early-career professorships accelerate innovation in engineering education and research

Six CivMin assistant professors have been appointed, among 27 in the Faculty, to early-career professorships across three new programs for tenure- and teaching-stream faculty members. The professorships, created by Dean Cristina Amon, will enhance research in emerging areas and practices in engineering education across the Faculty.

The new programs are the Dean’s Spark Professorships, Catalyst Professorships and Emerging Innovation in Teaching Professorships. These build on the success of the Percy Edward Hart and the Erwin Edward Hart Professorships and the Hart Teaching Innovation Professorships established in 2016. The appointed professors were selected for their demonstrated commitment to several of the priorities outlined in the Faculty’s 2017-2022 Academic Plan.

“Our professors are pioneering emerging research and designing new engineering education pedagogies that are a model for other universities around the world,” says Amon. “These professorships will further accelerate their innovative research and teaching, and enhance their ability to deliver outstanding educational experiences for our students.”

Dean’s Spark Professorships (DSP)

Recipients of the DSP are within the first four years of their appointment. They are awarded an annual grant of $75,000 per year for three years. Erin Bobicki (MSE, ChemE), an investigator with the Lassonde Institute of Mining, earned the Dean’s Spark Professorship to accelerate her research in improving the sustainability of mineral processing operations and increasing Indigenous youth’s access to engineering education.

“The DSP provides a valuable boost to both my research and outreach efforts,” says Bobicki. “This support will enable me to drive forward my work to develop novel bioseparation techniques for mineral processing, and to continue to build relationships with Indigenous communities in the North.”

In addition to Bobicki, CivMin DSP recipients include:

Fae Azhari (CivMin, MIE) — Assessing the performance of structures using Structural Health Monitoring techniques to amplify global efforts for resilient and sustainable structures including pulp and paper plants and wind farms.

Mason Ghafghazi (CivMin) — Creating a framework for assessing the probability of occurrence of soil strength loss on mine sites, its consequences on our built and natural environment and improved remediation methods.

Daniel Posen (CivMin) — Improving city-wide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) accounting and mitigation by enabling cities to evaluate the most effective GHG strategies.

Shoshanna Saxe (CivMin) — Implementing new, bottom-up city-scale assessment to develop a detailed understanding of the material flows and associated greenhouse gas emissions of urban infrastructure.

Marianne Touchie (CivMin, MIE) — Designing new metrics to evaluate health outcomes of retrofits designed to improve building energy and performance.

Dean’s Catalyst Professorships (DCP)

Recipients of the DCP have served at least four years in their appointment. They are awarded an annual grant of $75,000 per year over three years.

Jennifer Drake (CivMin) is receiving the DCP for her research on storm water management in the agricultural sector to pilot low-impact development to reduce phosphorus loadings in greenhouse storm water.

Excerpts from a story that originally appeared on U of T Engineering News.

Professors Heather MacLean, Bob Andrews and Jeffrey Packer honoured by Engineering Institute of Canada

The Department would like to offer its sincere congratulations to Professor Heather MacLean (CivMin) on being awarded the 2019 Engineering Institute of Canada Julian C. Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada

The Engineering Institute of Canada is also recognizing the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering’s Professors Robert Andrews and Jeffrey Packer by inducting them as EIC Fellows for exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada.

Prof. Kim Pressnail Receives the 2018 Ontario Building Envelope Council Fellowship Award

The Ontario Building Envelope Council(OBEC) has selected Prof. Kim Pressnail as a recipient of a 2018 Fellowship Award for his long-standing support of OBEC.

The Fellowship Award is awarded to a member of OBEC for their distinguished service to OBEC, especially through their consistent promotion of OBEC, and their contribution to achieving the aims and objectives of the Council.

Congratulations Prof. Pressnail!

From smart cities to smartphones, U of T Engineering celebrates industry partnerships

CivMin industry partner EllisDon takes home the 2018 Corporate Academic Citizen Award.

Over 180 representatives gathered at the annual Industry Partners Reception on Nov. 14 to recognize strong academic-industry collaborations. (Photo: Paul Terefenko)

U of T Engineering recognized three key industry partners at its annual Industry Partners’ Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

More than 180 industry leaders, government partners and faculty members gathered at the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship to acknowledge this year’s achievements in academic-industry collaborations.

“Tonight is our opportunity to say thank you to our partners for their continuous support, guidance and enthusiasm for collaborative research at U of T Engineering,” says Professor Ramin Farnood (ChemE), Vice-Dean, Research. “We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead.”

The annual event celebrates the faculty’s ties with over 400 industry partners across multidisciplinary innovation clusters, including advanced manufacturing, data analytics and AI, human health, robotics, sustainability and water.

“This event is a testament to the strength of our ongoing relationships with industry, the number of new partnerships launched this year and the momentum we continue to maintain,” says Allison Brown, Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships at U of T Engineering.

The three awardees for 2018 are:

Professor Ramin Farnood (ChemE, left) presents the Corporate Research Partner Award to Fujitsu Laboratories Fellow Dr. Hirotaka Tamura. (Photo: Paul Terefenko)

Corporate Research Partner Award – Fujitsu Laboratories Limited

The relationship between U of T Engineering and Fujitsu Labs started with a six-week internship by Ali Sheikholeslami at the company’s headquarters in 1998.

Twenty years later, Sheikholeslami is now a professor in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and together with his long-time collaborator Fujitsu Labs Fellow Dr. Hirotaka Tamura, has worked on projects including developing ferroelectric devices, high-speed interconnect technology and creating the world’s first Digital Annealer.

In March, U of T Engineering officially launched the Fujitsu Co-Creation Research Laboratory at U of T, which is located in the Myhal Centre, to accelerate collaborative work in fields including machine learning, quantum-inspired computing, smart cities, advanced health care and financial technology.

“Fujitsu Labs is working with over 10 faculty members across three departments. We have professors from electrical and computer engineering, chemical engineering and mechanical and industrial engineering so it’s a true interdisciplinary research, and for this research, we needed a home where we could come together, hence the Co-Creation Research Laboratory,” says Sheikholeslami.

The lab is also an idea incubator that leverages the creativity of students and faculty.

“One thing I’ve found to be extremely impressive is the diversity of students in U of T Engineering, and the differences in their way of thinking. U of T has students from many different countries and cultures and this impacts how they think and how they describe things,” says Tamura. “Sometimes I give the students a problem, expecting them to resolve it in the way I would but they come up with a totally different solution and that’s very interesting.”

To date, the partnership has resulted in over 50 scientific papers and journals and led to 10 patents.

“The research with University of Toronto is very important because if a company just focuses on the business, it tends to only look at the surface level and that’s not sustainable. We need a solid foundation to keep things going and academia is a place to build this foundation of knowledge,” says Tamura.

From left: Dr. Allison Brown presents EllisDon Sustainability Coordinator Kaitlyn Tyschenko, Senior Vice President of Construction Sciences George Charitou and Senior Vice President of Aligned Chris Andrews with the Corporate Academic Citizen Award. (Photo: Paul Terefenko)

Corporate Academic Citizen Award – EllisDon

Many large-scale infrastructure projects come with an equally large carbon footprint — but Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon is collaborating with U of T Engineering to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the carbon impact.

The project focuses on developing a decision-support tool that can be used throughout the stages of design and planning to realize efficiencies that lower climate-warning emissions.

“EllisDon believes in providing the solutions for an ever-changing future and industry,” says EllisDon Sustainability Coordinator Kaitlyn Tyschenko. “Through this tool we will be able to not only receive mass amounts of region and EllisDon-specific data to better understand our carbon emissions, but also help our clients make the most applicable carbon-based decisions for their projects.”

EllisDon is also closely involved in academic-industry mentorship with U of T Engineering students.

“Student mentorship and teaching is an important part of [this] partnership we are committed to,” says EllisDon Senior Vice President Chris Andrews.

“This allows us to reach outside of our industry to connect students and leaders in academic research. It is fascinating and important to see what we can do by working together on some of the broader challenges we are seeing and to begin to find answers. Our relationship with U of T Engineering has been very important and we look forward to continuing this work with the university.”

Vittorio Scipolo, Manager of R&D Metals Division, accepts the Small to Medium Enterprise Partner Award on behalf of Tenova Goodfellow Inc. (Photo: Paul Terefenko)

Small to Medium Enterprise Partner Award – Tenova Goodfellow Inc.

With spiking demand for electronics and other devices that rely on steel production and rare earth elements, the race to develop sustainable means of producing these materials is heating up.

Tenova Goodfellow has partnered with Professor Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) to develop more energetically efficient techniques for the steelmaking industry.

“The objectives of the collaborative project are multiple,” says Manager of Research and Design, Metals Division Vittorio Scipolo. “We want to investigate high-temperature materials to improve the design of Tenova furnaces and sensors for an improved steelmaking control, find innovative ways to valorise steelmaking waste material, and verify the advantages and limitations of molten metal electrolysis for the steel industry.”

Scipolo describes the partnership as “very positive,” yielding promising results across all objectives.

“We’ve gained fundamental knowledge on high temperature materials and on the actual composition of steelmaking waste,” he says. “In particular the waste valorisation portion of the project has already provided few good insights on how to better transform the waste material into a valuable resource.”

“[But] the most rewarding part of the collaboration has been to be able to create a very collaborative and friendly environment. Results and next steps are always discussed together driven by passion and a desire to do better.”

This story originally appeared on U of T Engineering News.

Prof. R. Doug Hooton Elected an Honorary Member from ACI

The American Concrete Institute has elected Prof. R. Douglas Hooton as an Honorary Member, specifically “for contributions to ACI and the concrete industry in the areas of concrete materials, concrete durability, and sustainability of concrete construction particularly through research, teaching, and development of standards and code”. Honorary Member is the Institute’s highest honor.

R. Douglas Hooton, FACI, is a Professor and NSERC/Cement Association of Canada Senior Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. His research has focused on the durability performance of cementitious materials in concrete as well as on performance testing and specifications. His durability research has encompassed most forms of concrete degradation, including sulfate resistance, acid resistance, alkali-aggregate reaction, corrosion, and freezing and thawing, as well as deicer salt scaling.

Hooton is Chair of ACI Committee 233, Ground Slag in Concrete, and Co-Chair of ACI Subcommittee 130-A, Sustainability of Materials, as well as Secretary of ACI Committee 201, Durability of Concrete. He is a member of numerous ACI committees, including 130, Sustainability of Concrete; 221, Aggregates; 225, Hydraulic Cements; 232, Fly Ash in Concrete; 236, Material Science of Concrete; 240, Pozzolans; 329, Performance Criteria for Ready Mixed Concrete; 365, Service Life Prediction; S801, Student Competitions; Faculty Network; and Innovation Task Group 10, Alternative Cementitious Materials. He also serves on ACI Subcommittee 318-A, General, Concrete, and Construction.

Hooton was a co-recipient of the ACI Wason Medal for the Most Meritorious Paper in 2015, and he received the ACI Foundation Robert E. Philleo Award in 2013 and the ACI Arthur R. Anderson Medal in 2011.

He is a Fellow of ASTM International, the American Ceramic Society, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a member of several Canadian Standards Association (CSA), ASTM, and RILEM technical committees. He is Chair of the RILEM Educational Activities Committee; Vice-Chair of CSA Committee A3001, Hydraulic Cements; and Vice-Chair of ASTM Committee 01, Hydraulic Cements.

A formal announcement of Prof. Hooton’s election will be made at the ACI Spring 2019 Concrete Convention and Exposition during the Opening Session and Keynote Presentation, Sunday, March 24, 2019. 

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