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A Message from the Chair

Dear ChemE Community,

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, our Chem Eng News has been on hold for the last few weeks. In light of the drastic changes to your classes, your research, your working and living situations, and everything else in between, it felt appropriate to leave you some space to pause and reflect and for you to focus on the things that were, and are, most immediately pressing to you. Despite this adversity, I continue to be inspired by how our community has rallied together to deal with the many challenges we are facing. 
Students have done an amazing job finishing this academic year and our student leaders have been working hard to keep their colleagues connected and informed. CEGSA hosted a townhall giving students an opportunity to have their concerns and questions heard by faculty and staff. They’re also coordinating efforts to support the fight against COVID-19, all while looking for ways to host Fika Fridays virtually. ChemClub and CSChE also continue to support our undergraduate students in innovative ways. For instance, each year has access to both academic and social group chats, moving important features of student life from the undergraduate common room online. It has been incredible to see our student leadership teams step up to the challenges this crisis has presented.

ChemE faculty and staff are also doing an outstanding job during these strange and difficult times. Faculty have moved their courses and exams online in a remarkably short amount of time, while staff have kept the Department up and running with as little disruption as possible while adapting to the challenges of working remotely. Faculty and research staff have pivoted quickly to solving urgent COVID-19-related problems, like improving diagnostics and modelling, addressing PPE shortages, identifying and developing novel ways of treating patients, sanitation and sterilization, and even leveraging the Department’s labs and infrastructure to support these and other initiatives. I am very excited to share more details on these important projects with you here and on our website in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your continued support and participation. I’m so proud to be part of the ChemE community. Best wishes to you, your family and your communities. 

Grant Allen  
Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

News and Announcements


U of T Engineering research team, including ChemE PhD candidate Brian Wang, creates solution to remotely monitor the vital signs of COVID-19 patients

Can lowering emissions improve the odds against COVID-19? Professor Greg Evans examines the evidence

How does COVID-19 invade our bodies so easily? Professor Milica Radisic and team use ‘organ-on-a-chip’ model to find out

Professor Erin Bobicki discusses mineral processing and mining innovation on the Sepro Systems Podcast

Professor Gisele Azimi receives 2020 TMS EPD Young Leaders Professional Development Award

Howard Goodfellow (ChemE 6T4, MASc 6T5, PhD 6T8) earns 2020 Ontario Professional Engineers Award

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April 17 - Monk: A Question of Trust: Politics, Perception and the COVID-19 Pandemic | Webinar | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
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