2004 Engineering Prize for Achievement in
Cedric Briens, faculty member in the
Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, has been
selected as the winner of the 2004 Engineering Prize for
Achievement in Research.
distinguished award recognizes a Western Engineering faculty
member who displays outstanding achievements over a
substantial body of work. The vote of the Committee
members was unanimous. Briens
will be presented with a plaque, a certificate and a cash award
of $500 at the Western Engineering Awards Banquet in 2005.
internationally recognized in both academia and industry for his
creative ideas in the theory and application of gas-solid
fluidization. He has made outstanding contributions in many
fields of application and the impact of his work has been very
substantial. He has been granted eight USA and European patents
and some are under current consideration.
Cedric has been able to develop an exceptional relationship with
industry and these links have contributed to his success in
obtaining significant research funding. The past two
years he has secured $ 770,000 of total research funds; of which
89% is from industry and the remainder from NSERC (these numbers
exclude a successful CFI award of $ 360,000).
“Cedric is setting a clear example of the various benefits of
productive partnerships between academia and the private
sector,” says Dean Franco Berruti. “His successful endeavours are recognized
by numerous letters of support to his nomination, both from
Canadian and international companies. Cedric is also very
committed to the dissemination of the work of others.”