Remembering Jason Gerhard


Western Engineering professor Jason Gerhard

On December 31, 2022, Western Engineering professor Jason Gerhard died peacefully surrounded by his family.  Gerhard joined Western Engineering in 2007 as a Canada Research Chair in Geoenvironmental Restoration Engineering and is remembered as a passionate teacher and mentor, and leader in the field of environmental remediation.

Gerhard was also the co-creator and co-director of RESTORE (Research for Subsurface Transport and Remediation) that has made incredible and important strides in the field of environmental engineering. 

Clare Robinson, Western Engineering professor and co-director of RESTORE, shared a few words about Gerhard and some of his many contributions.

"Jason was a bright light in Engineering at Western. He was extremely positive, kind and compassionate with an incredible intellect. He was a champion for Environmental Engineering and his passion for sustainability was at the core of his research, teaching and everyday life."  

"Jason co-created the RESTORE research group and co-invented environmentally beneficial smoldering of hazardous materials, which is a revolutionary technology in the field of environmental engineering." 

"While Jason won many prestigious research awards including a Canada Research Chair for Geoenvironmental Restoration Engineering and NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, his true passion was teaching and mentoring students."

"He changed the lives of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students and colleagues by sharing his passion for the environment, love of finding tangible solutions to environmental challenges, and ambition to make the world a better place.  Indeed, he made the world a better place."

Donations to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, St. Joseph's Hospice, the United Way, Kiva or any environmental cause of your choice would be meaningful to Gerhard and his family.

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