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Volume 1 - Edition 8
January 2005
2004 Engineering Prize for Achievement in Research

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. 

This 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.

Briens is 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.”
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