Zhu to receive the Ontario Professional Engineers
Engineering Medal - Research & Development Award

Western Engineering NewsAugust 22, 2013

Jesse Zhu

Jesse Zhu

Jesse Zhu, a Canada Research Chair in Powder Technology Applications and Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western University, has been named a 2013 Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal - Research & Development Award recipient.

The Engineering Medal recognizes professional engineers who have improved our quality of life through the ingenious application of their engineering skills. Recipients' achievements are significantly above the normally high standards of the profession.

The Engineering Medal – Research & Development is given for using new knowledge in developing useful, novel applications, or advancing engineering knowledge or applied science, or discovering or extending any of the engineering or natural sciences.

Zhu’s research success includes the inception of the high-density circulating fluidized bed reactor, the ground-breaking research on fluidized downers, the development of the new circulating turbulent fluidized bed reactor, liquid-solid circulating fluidized bed reactors that led to new applications in the biotechnology and wastewater industries, and pioneering work on fine powder handling which led to several key patents and technologies with that link to direct industrial applications.

“Jesse’s research contributions are well recognized worldwide,” says Ajay Ray, Department Chair, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. “We believe Jesse has made exceptional contributions to the engineering profession and is one of the most successful chemical engineering professors in Canada.  He is most deserving of this award.”

Zhu will receive his award Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Toronto, Ont. at the 2013 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Gala.