Faculty

Please note that the below award information is updated annually in July/August. For more information, please contact Office of the Dean.

3M Teaching Fellowships

The 3M Teaching Fellowships Program was initiated in 1986 to acknowledge individuals who demonstrate teaching excellence and leadership in their discipline. It is the only national awards program to recognize excellence in teaching. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Peter Rosati – Civil and Environmental Engineering (1988)

Bantrel Award in Design and Industrial Practice

This award is presented to a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada for innovative design or production activities accomplished in Canada. The activities may have resulted in a significant achievement in product or process design, small or large company innovation, or multidisciplinary design-directed research or production. The achievement will relate to the practice of chemical engineering and/or industrial chemistry whether in research and development, process implementation, entrepreneurialism, innovation, production or some combination of these. It may be via a well-known, long-standing reputation for translating chemical engineering principles into design and industrial practice which contributes to the profession as a whole. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Franco Berruti – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2012)
  • Jesse Zhu - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2007)
  • Hugo de Lasa - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2001)

Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries for research and development. In 2000, the Government of Canada created a new permanent program to establish 2,000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in universities across the country by 2008. The Canada Research Chairs Program invests $300 million a year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Chair holders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields, not only through their own work, but also by teaching and supervising students and coordinating the work of other researchers. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

Distinguished University Professor

Established in 2005, The Distinguished University Professor Award recognizes sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western. Scholarship is broadly defined to include research, teaching and service to the community. Thus, this award is not a recognition solely of research excellence, which is the purpose of the Hellmuth Prize, nor is it a recognition solely of teaching excellence, which is the purpose of the Pleva Award. The Distinguished University Professorship will recognize sustained excellence as a complete scholar.

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Jesse Zhu, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2012)
  • Rajni Patel - Electrical and Computer Engineering (2005)

Early Researcher Award

The Early Research Awards, formerly the Premier's Research Excellence Awards (PREA), were created in 1998 to help Ontario's world-class researchers attract talented people to their research teams and to encourage innovation among the province's brightest young researchers at universities, colleges, hospitals and research institutes.

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Lauren Flynn - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2012)
  • Clare Robinson - Civil and Environmental Engineering (2012)
  • Elizabeth Gillies – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2008)
  • Kibret Mequanint – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2007)
  • Denis O’Carroll – Civil and Environmental Engineering (2007)
  • Cynthia Dunning – Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2006)
  • Xueliang (Andy) Sun – Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2006)
  • Moncef Nehdi – Civil and Environmental Engineering (2002)
  • Ernest Yanful - Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999) - received award when previously called "Premier's Research Excellence Award"
  • Jesse Zhu - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (1999) - received award when previously called "Premier's Research Excellence Award"

The Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching

The University Awards for Excellence in Teaching were created in 1980-81. In 1987, the awards were named in honor of Edward Gustav Pleva, Western's first geography teacher in 1938. Dr. Pleva was Head of the Department of Geography from the time it was established in 1948 until 1968. He has received a number of teaching awards for his contribution to the development of modern geographical education in Canada at all levels. His special area of interest is the Great Lakes region. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Anthony Straatman - Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2006-07)
  • F. Michael Bartlett - Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999-00)
  • Kerry R. Rowe - Civil and Environmental Engineering (1995-96)
  • Raouf E Baddour - Civil and Environmental Engineering (1994-95)
  • Peter Rosati - Civil and Environmental Engineering (1988-89)
  • John David Tarasuk - Mechanical and Materials Engineering (1987-88)

Faculty Scholars Award

Established in 2005, the Faculty Scholars Award recognizes significant recent scholarly achievements in teaching or research. Nominated by faculty deans and selected by the Faculty Selection committee chaired by the Provost, the recipients have an international presence in their discipline and are considered all-round scholars. Winners hold the title “Faculty Scholar” for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities, as well as receiving a citation.

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Ashraf El Damatty, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2014)
  • Kibret Mequanint, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2014)
  • Ajay Ray, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2012)
  • Jun Yang, Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2012)
  • Xueliang (Andy) Sun - Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2010)
  • Paul Charpentier – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2010)
  • Jim Johnson – Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2008)
  • Gregory Kopp – Civil and Environmental Engineering (2007)
  • Hesham El Naggar – Civil and Environmental Engineering (2006)

Fellowships in Professional Societies

  • American Concrete Institute
    Mike Bartlett, Fellow
    Slobodan Simonovic, Fellow
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Senior Research
    J.M. Floryan, Associate Fellow
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    Hesham El Naggar, Fellow
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
    J.M Floryan, Fellow
    Rajni Patel, Fellow
  • Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)
    Argyrios (Gerry) Margaritis, Fellow
    Hugo de Lasa, Fellow
    Andrew Hrymak, Fellow
    Jin Jiang, Fellow
    Rajni Patel, Fellow
    Slobodan Simonovic, Fellow
    Jesse Zhu, Fellow
  • Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
    J.M Floryan, Fellow
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
    Ashraf El Damatty, Fellow
    Raouf Baddour, Fellow
    Mike Bartlett, Fellow
    Slobodan Simonovic, Fellow
  • Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
    J.M Floryan, Fellow
    Kamran Siddiqui, Fellow
  • Chemical Institute of Canada
    Hugo de Lasa, Fellow
    Andrew Hrymak, Fellow
    Argyrios Margaritis, Fellow
    Sohrab Rohani, Fellow
    Jesse Zhu, Fellow
  • Engineering Institute of Canada
    J.M. Floryan, Fellow
    Hesham El Naggar, Fellow
    Jin Jiang, Fellow
    Rajni Patel, Fellow
    Jesse Zhu, Fellow
  • Engineers Canada
    Argyrios Margaritis, Fellow
  • French Aerospace Research Institute, CERT/ONERA, Toulouse
    J.M. Floryan, NATO Senior Research Fellow
  • German Aerospace Research Establishment
    J.M. Floryan, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Kazimierz Adamiak, Fellow
    William Greason, Life Fellow
    Rajni Patel, Fellow
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
    Jin Jiang, Fellow
    Rajni Patel, Fellow
  • International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
    Mike Bartlett, Fellow
  • International Society of Automation
    Jin Jiang, Fellow
  • International Water Resources Association
    Slobodan Simonovic, Fellow
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
    Kazimierz Adamiak, Fellow
    J.M Floryan, Fellow
    Jin Jiang, Fellow
  • Ministry de la Researche, de la Technologie et de l’Espace, France
    J.M Floryan, Fellow
  • National Aeronautical Laboratory
    J.M. Floryan, Science and Technology Agency Fellow (Japan)
  • Professional Engineers Ontario
    Hugo de Lasa, Engineering Medal - Research & Development
    Argyrios Margaritis, Order of Honour, Engineering Medal - Research & Development
    Sohrab Rohani, Engineering Medal - Research & Development
    Jess Zhu, Engineering Medal - Research & Development

Fellowship in Teaching Innovation

The purpose of the Fellowship in Teaching Innovation is to encourage faculty members to pursue teaching innovations at Western University. Teaching innovation projects may take many forms, such as initiatives involving the novel incorporation of educational technology into classroom settings or developing new strategies for student engagement. The Fellowship exists primarily, but not exclusively, to support undergraduate and professional school teaching at the University, matching Western's commitment to the highest standards and quality of undergraduate education. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Jin Jiang – Electrical and Computer Engineering (2002)

Fluidization Lectureship Award

This award recognizes an individual's outstanding scientific/technical research contributions with impact in the field of fluidization and fluid-particle flow systems. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Franco Berruti– Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2013)
  • Jingxu (Jesse) Zhu - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2012)

Harvey Rosen Award

This award recognizes the best paper published in “Ozone: Science & Engineering” for the two-years preceding the award. The award is presented by the International Ozone Association (IOA). Founded in 1973, the IOA serves as the central, worldwide gathering and distributing point on ozone information, bringing together scientists, engineers, systems designers, technologists, equipment manufacturers, and end users to share their experiences and research data on ozone and other related oxygen compounds. The World Congress is an opportunity for experts from all over to the world to present and discuss ways to benefit human health protection, industrial manufacture and conditioning, and medical therapy. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Ernest Yanful – Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011)

Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research

The Hellmuth Prizes for Achievement in Research are named in honour of Bishop Isaac Hellmuth, who founded Western University in 1878. There are two such prizes offered annually, one in the area broadly defined as the natural sciences and engineering (research that would be supported by NSERC or MRC) and one in the social sciences and humanities (research that would in general fall under the mandate of SSHRC). (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Jesse Zhu – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2016)
  • Rajni Patel – Electrical and Computer Engineering (2007)
  • Alan G Davenport – Civil and Environmental Engineering (1997)

IEEE Power & Energy Society Outstanding Engineer Award

The IEEE PES Outstanding Engineer Award program allows each PES Chapter the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contribution of a local engineer to the power engineering profession. This award was established in 1994 by the PES Executive Board to recognize outstanding technical, professional and society contributions on behalf of the power engineer profession. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Jin Jiang - Electrical and Computer Engineering (2011)

The Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching

In 1996-97, the award for excellence in teaching was established at Western to be awarded based on evidence of outstanding contributions in the area of classroom, laboratory, or clinical instruction. Marilyn Robinson was an enthusiastic and inspirational lecturer who was much loved and respected by both colleagues and students. In her roles as Assistant Professor in Physiology and Coordinator of the Educational Development Office, she helped raise the profile of teaching at Western. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Cynthia Dunning - Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2006-07)

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Award

Each year, OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through awards. Since 1973, OCUFA has presented 359 awards. The recipients are selected by the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee. Approximately 7 awards are presented. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Kerry Rowe – Civil and Environmental Engineering (1996)
  • Peter Rosati – Civil and Environmental Engineering (1973)

Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Award

The Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Award, sponsored by Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, is presented annually. The nominee must reside in Ontario and have made significant contributions to the field of green chemistry and engineering, including the technical, economic, human health and environmental benefits. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Franco Berruti – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2012)
  • Paul Charpentier - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2012)

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people.

  • Quazi Mehbubar Rahman – Electrical and Computer Engineering (2014)

Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award

This program recognizes, promotes and supports the work of new faculty researchers whose work is particularly innovative, impacts positively on the learning environment in the department in which they study, and has the potential to be of significance to society at large. The program is intended to help attract and retain bright young minds at Canadian Universities, colleges and major research institutes and to help young researchers launch their scholarly careers and enable them to carry their research forward.

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Beth Gillies - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2012)
  • Liying Jiang – Mechanical and Materials Engineering (2011)
  • Paul Charpentier – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2007)
  • Moncef Nehdi - Civil and Environmental Engineering (2002)

Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award

Recognition will be given to Postdoctoral Supervisors who have demonstrated exemplary support for postdoctoral scholars at Western by going above and beyond supervisory expectations. These mentors have given their time and put forth extra effort to ensure a successful experience for postdoctoral scholars. (More).

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Luiz Capretz - Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012)

Royal Society of Canada

The Royal Society of Canada, The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scientists and scholars. Its primary objective is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences. The Society consists of approximately 1,700 Fellows: men and women from across the country who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences and in the humanities. Currently, Western has had a total of 40 faculty members appointed to the Society. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Jesse Zhu – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2016)
  • Rajni Patel – Electrical and Computer Engineering (2007)

R.S. Jane Memorial Award

The R.S. Jane Memorial Award is the highest award, presented by the Canadian Society for Chemical Enginering, for an exceptional achievement to the field of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry while residing in Canada. (More).

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Jesse Zhu – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2013)

Syncrude Canada Innovation Award

The award shall be presented to a resident of Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of chemical engineering while working in Canada. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Charles Xu - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (2011)
  • Jesse Zhu - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (1999)

University Students' Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Sponsored by Alumni Western, the award demonstrates the value Western students place on quality teaching and outstanding professors. The winners have dedicated a siginifcant amount of time to enhance classroom learning, and have inspired their students through their passion and care.

  • Quazi Mehbubar Rahman – Electrical and Computer Engineering (2013-14)

USC Teaching Honour Roll

The Teaching Honour Roll awards are presented to the most outstanding teachers on campus based on information received from course and teacher evaluations. Professors that receive a cumulative average of 6.3 or higher out of 7 on the first 14 questions of the evaluations are presented with an award from the University Students' Council on behalf of students at Western.

The commitment of these three instructors to providing the "best student experience" at Western and helping to deliver high-quality engineering courses in our programs is second to none. Their tireless dedication and contributions to the Faculty of Engineering and The University of Western Ontario are greatly appreciated.

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

2013-14

  • Quazi Rahman – Electrical and Computer Engineering

2009-10

  • Jose Herrera - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Paul Schmidt - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Salah El-Din El-Fitiany – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jason Gerhard – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Frederick Keenan – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Joel Adams – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Anestis Dounavis – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Hanif Ladak – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ken McIsaac – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Abdelkader Ouda – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Quazi Rahman – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ken Stuart – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Rajiv Varma – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Walid Altahan – Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Thomas Jenkyn – Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Tony Straatman – Mechanical and Materials Engineering

2008-09

  • Paul Schmidt – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Kaz Adamiak – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Luiz Capretz – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Walid El Khattam – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jin Jiang – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ken McIsaac – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Abdelkader Ouda – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Quazi Rahman – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Robert Sobot – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Rajiv Varma – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Amirnaser Yazdani – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Walid Altahan – Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Tony Straatman – Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Karl-Heinz Wehking – Mechanical and Materials Engineering

2007-08

  • Beth Gillies – Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Mike Bartlett– Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Greg Kopp – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jin Jiang – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ken McIsaac – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Abdelkader Ouda – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Vijay Parsa – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Quazi Rahman – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Rajni Varma – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Joel Adams – Engineering Science
  • Paul Schmidt – Engineering Science
  • Jim Johnson – Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Tony Straatman – Mechanical and Materials Engineering

2006-07

  • Mike Bartlett – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Kaz Adamiak – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jin Jiang – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Hanif Ladak – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ken McIsaac – Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Science
  • Abdelkader Ouda – Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Science
  • Quazi Rahman – Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Science
  • Jayshri Sabarinathan – Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Rajiv Varma – Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ven Te Chow Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Hydrologic Engineering

 The award is presented for a lifetime achievement in the field of Hydrologic Engineering. (More)

Western Engineering Recipient(s):

  • Slobodan Simonovic- Civil and Environemtnal Engineering (2012)