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11 U of T Engineering professors and alumni inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering

Eleven members of the U of T Engineering community have been inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Professors Nazir Kherani (ECE, MSE), Deepa Kundur (ECE), Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE), Murray Thomson (MIE) and Honghi Tran (ChemE), along with adjunct professor Sankar das Gupta (MSE) and alumni William Breukelman (ChemE 5T5), Elizabeth Croft (PhD MechE 9T5), Samantha Espley (GEO 8T8), John Gruzleski (PhD MMS 6T8) and George Kipouros (MASc MMS 7T7, PhD 8T2), are among the CAE’s 43 new fellows. The CAE comprises the country’s most accomplished engineers, who have demonstrated their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles in the interests of Canada. The new CAE Fellows were inducted on June 27 in Winnipeg, as part of the Academy’s Annual Meeting.

“The induction of these outstanding Engineering alumni and faculty members to the Academy is a testament to the respect in which they are held by their peers and the impact of their accomplishments as engineering innovators, researchers, educators and industry leaders,” said Dean Cristina Amon. “On behalf of the Faculty, I congratulate the inductees on this prestigious and richly deserved recognition.”

Murray Thomson is an internationally renowned researcher in the areas of alternative fuels, pollution control and combustion sensors. He has contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge in these fields and several Canadian companies have benefited from his research. Among his many accomplishments, he has developed four patented industrial sensors that allow reductions in energy consumption and emissions through better monitoring. Thomson has also made extensive contributions to his professional community: he is director of the NSERC CREATE Program in Clean Combustion Engines and vice-chair of the Canadian Section of the Combustion Institute. He is a fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

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Top experts in combustion science and design visit U of T for Combustion Institute Summer School

Top experts in combustion science and design visit U of T for Combustion Institute Summer School

Date posted: June 14, 2016

More than 50 graduate students, industry experts, and academic researchers from across Canada and around the world attended the week-long Combustion Institute Summer School program hosted by Professor Murray Thomson. The program was held at the University of Toronto in conjunction with the NSERC CREATE Program in Clean Combustion Engines and The Combustion Institute, from May 30 to June 3.

The purpose of the week-long program was to bring together graduate students from around the world to learn international from top experts in combustion science and design, and to share their own research with others. Topics of particular interest included energy efficiency, air pollutants, and alternative fuels. The program allowed the students to complement their graduate research training with presentations on state of the art of combustion science and industrial design, discussions on new technologies and current research directions, and lectures on public policy and professional skill development.

The program began with a meet and greet with students and industry speakers. During the week, graduate students attended seminar talks on: turbulent combustion, chemical kinetics, laser diagnostics, alternative fuels, gas turbine engines, reciprocating engines and life cycle assessment. As part of the week, the students engaged in a leadership development workshop with ILead, a research poster session, and a tour of Toronto during their downtime.

“The students greatly benefited from listening and interacting with some of the world’s top experts in combustion science and design. Many of the students contacted us afterwards to thank us for the high quality of the program,” said Professor Thomson, Director, NSERC CREATE in Clean Combustion in Engines.

The program would also like to thank NSERC, the Combustion Institute, the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and Ryerson University for their generous support.

View photos from the event.



The latest issue of Momentum features an interview with Program Director Professor Murray Thomson:


NSERC CREATE Combustion Summer School 2014

The four keynote speeches are now available to view online:

Wednesday May 7th: Prof. Mani Sarathy, KAUST

Thursday May 8th: Dr. Anthony Dean, GE Global Research

Friday May 9th: Judy Cooper, ANSYS Canada Ltd.

Saturday May 10th: Dr. William de Ojeda, NAVISTAR.