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The Best Graduate Student Paper Award is presented for outstanding published work by a graduate student. 

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The 2024 winner of the Best Graduate Student Paper Award is:

 Bernard Twum Agyeman
 University of Alberta

Bernard Twum Agyeman is currently pursuing his PhD in Process Control at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Jinfeng Liu. His research focuses on merging machine learning, optimal control, and state and parameter estimation techniques to create frameworks for precise irrigation scheduling. These frameworks aim to improve water-use efficiency in irrigation, contributing to more sustainable agricultural practices. He completed his Master of Science in Process Control under Dr. Jinfeng Liu in 2020 and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in 2017.  Before his graduate studies, Bernard served as a teaching and research assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the same university, assisting in research projects and helping undergraduate students with their coursework.


For the paper “An LSTM-based mixed-integer model predictive control for irrigation scheduling,” Can. J. Chem. Eng. 2023, 101(6), 3362 by Bernard T. Agyeman, Soumya R. Sahoo, Jinfeng Liu, Sirish L. Shah.

Past Winners


Nicholas Stiles Wilkins and Kasturi Nagesh Pai

University of Alberta
Society: CSChE

Tiffany Dang and Breanna Borys

University of Calgary
Society: CSChE

Ali Shayesteh Zeraati, MCIC

University of Calgary
Society: CSChE

Mohamed M. Khattab

Ryerson University
Society: CSChE

Khushaal Popli

University of Alberta
Society: CSChE

Michaela K. McGurn

Weber Manufacturing Technolgies
Society: CSChE

Chaimongkol Saengow

Queen’s University
Society: CSChE

Aida Sharif Rohani

University of Ottawa
Society: CSChE

Ali Sarvi

ROSEN Canada
Society: CSChE

Ali Shekari

École Polytechnique de Montréal
Society: CSChE

Mohammed Alaqqad

University of British Columbia
Society: CSChE