Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards Program
A professor who thinks of himself as a graduate student, one who took advantage of a laboratory spill, and another who uses unique technology to examine molecules have earned Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards. Dr Subir Bhattacharjee and Dr Alidad Amirfazli, both from the University of Alberta Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr John Klassen of the Department of Chemistry are the recipients of the awards.
Dr Michael Lounsbury, a recipient of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, holds a joint appointment between the University of Alberta's School of Business and the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT). Lounsbury looks for ways to use the emerging science of nanotechnology in industry, especially the oil and gas industry.
Established at the University of Alberta in 1999 by a generous endowment from Petro-Canada, the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards Program is designed to recognize and help support the work of outstanding young faculty researchers in the Faculties of Business, Engineering, and Science.
More specifically, these awards recognize, promote, and support outstanding and innovative faculty researchers at the University of Alberta whose academic work positively affects the learning environment of the department in which they work and whose research has potential to be of significance to society at large. The program is intended to articulate the commitment of Petro-Canada and the University of Alberta to support these researchers in the launch of their scholarly careers and enable them to carry their research forward.
Past Petro-Canada Young Innovators include:
Michael Lounsbury, School of Business and NINT
Mohamed Gamal El-Din, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Alidad Amirfazli, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Subir Bhattacharjee, Department of Mechanical Engineering
John Klassen, Department of Chemistry
Dennis Hall, Department of Chemistry
Biao Huang, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Stan Li, Department of Strategic Management and Organization
Daniel Kwok, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Gregory Goss, Department of Biological Sciences
Al Meldrum, Department of Physics
Phillip Choi, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Julia Foght, Department of Biological Sciences
Rik Tykwinski, Department of Chemistry
Neil Branda, Department of Chemistry
Janet Elliott, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Gerald Haubl, School of Business