Berruti to receive the 2014 Kalev Pugi Award

Franco Berruti

Western Engineering News | December 5, 2013

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) has named Franco Berruti the 2014 recipient of the Kalev Pugi Award for his research towards the discovery of innovative chemical engineering process and technologies designed to have a significant beneficial impact on society. 

As a Director of the Institute of Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) and professor of Chemical Engineering at Western, Berruti applies chemical reactor and fluidized bed technologies for transforming heavy oils, biomass or residue materials into valuable chemicals or environmentally friendly fuels. 

“The main objective of the Kalev Pugi Award is to recognize contributions that tie science and business, linking research activities to entrepreneurial ventures and commercialization,” says Ajay Ray, department chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western. “Franco is an international leader in this regard.  He is most deserving of this recognition.” 

The 2014 Kalev Pugi Award will be presented to Berruti during the Canadian International Annual Gala Dinner in Toronto on April 3, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Read more about the Kalev Pugi award here: www.soci.org/Awards/Canada-Group-Awards/Kalev-Pugi-Award 

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