The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical engineering, demonstrating exceptional promise, while working in Canada. Eligible candidates must have held their first professional appointment as an independent researcher in academia, government, or industry for seven years or less at the time of nomination submission.
The 2018 winner of the The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award is:
Thomas A. Adams II
Thomas A. Adams II, P.Eng is an associate professor and the associate chair, graduate of chemical engineering at McMaster University. He received dual bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and computer science from the Michigan State University Honors College in 2003. He received his PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 under the supervision of Warren D. Seider as an NSF Graduate Fellow and completed his postdoctoral training at MIT under Paul I. Barton in 2010. He is the chair of the Systems & Control Division of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and an active member of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium and the McMaster Institute for Energy Studies. He is a 2017 recipient of the CSChE Emerging Leader in Chemical Engineering Award, the Ontario Early Researcher Award, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, and was named one of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research’s 2018 Class of Influential Researchers. He is also the author of the textbook Learn Aspen Plus in 24 Hours published by McGraw-Hill Education.
Adams’ research interests include sustainable energy conversion, chemical process design, modelling and simulations, energy systems, and process systems engineering. His overall research goal is to design and develop technologies and systems that can enable major societal change in the way we make and use energy and energy products, especially in the context of the triple-bottom line of sustainability. This includes technologies and applications such as solid oxide fuel cells, synthetic fuels, alternative fuels, biofuels, nuclear energy, concentrated solar power, semicontinuous distillation, plants-on-a-truck, energy storage, steel decarbonisation, polygeneration, community energy systems, and more.