R. S. Jane Memorial Award

Sponsored by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, the R.S. Jane Memorial Award is presented to a person, who, while residing in Canada has made an exceptional achievement to the field of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2017 winner of the R. S. Jane Memorial Award is:


Sirish L. Shah, FCIC
University of Alberta

Sirish L. Shah has been with the University of Alberta since 1978, where he held the NSERC-Matrikon-Suncor-iCORE Senior Industrial Research Chair in Computer Process Control from 2000 to 2012. He is the recipient of the Albright & Wilson Americas Award in 1989, the Killam Professor in 2003, the D.G. Fisher Award for significant contributions in the field of systems and control, the ASTECH award in 2011 and the 2015-IEEE Transition to Practice Award. He has held visiting appointments at Oxford University and Balliol College as a SERC fellow, Kumamoto University (Japan) as a senior research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the University of Newcastle, Australia, IIT-Madras India and the National University of Singapore. The main areas of his current research are process and performance monitoring, analysis and rationalization of alarm systems. He has co-authored three books, the first titled, Performance Assessment of Control Loops: Theory and Applications, a second titled ‘Diagnosis of Process Nonlinearities and Valve Stiction: Data Driven Approaches”, and a more recent monograph on “Capturing connectivity and causality in complex industrial processes”. He is emeritus professor at the University of Alberta, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Past Winners

2016
Shiping Zhu, FCIC, McMaster University
Presented by Santiago Faucher, CSChE President (Right)

2015
James M. Piret, FCIC, University of British Columbia
Presented by Amarjeet Bassi, FCIC, CSChE President (right)

2014
David P. Wilkinson
University of British Columbia

2013
Jesse Zhu
Western University