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The Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is presented for outstanding published work by a graduate student. 

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The 2022 winner of the Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is:

Tiffany Dang and Breanna Borys

For the paper “Computational fluid dynamic characterization of vertical-wheel bioreactors used for effective scale-up of human induced pluripotent stem cell aggregate culture,” Can. J. Chem. Eng. 2021, 99(11), 2536 by Tiffany Dang, Breanna S. Borys, Shivek Kanwar, James Colter, Hannah Worden, Abigail Blatchford, Matthew S. Croughan, Tareq Hossan, Derrick E. Rancourt, Brian Lee, Michael S. Kallos, Sunghoon Jung.

Tiffany Dang



Tiffany Dang
University of Calgary

Tiffany Dang (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary. She completed her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with a specialization in biomedical engineering at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on understanding the interactions between biological variables and hydrodynamic forces in stem cell bioreactor culture. In doing so, she aims to develop tools that can be used for the large scale biomanufacturing of stem cells for applications such as diabetes and osteoarthritis. She is the recipient of the Rona Hatt Chemical Engineering Leadership Award, the TENET Medical Engineering Scholarship, and the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship. Outside of her research, she is an active member of the biomedical engineering community and continuously works to foster collaborations between researchers in medicine, biology, and engineering.

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Breanna Borys

University of Calgary

Breanna graduated with degrees in Chemical Engineering (BSc, 2016) and Biomedical Engineering (PhD, 2022) from the University of Calgary. In her academic career, Breanna was presented numerous prestigious awards, including Engineers Canada Gold Medal Student Award, NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Over the last 5 years she has focused on utilizing computational modeling to understand bioreactor forces and design robust and effective scale-up protocols for the expansion of high quality induced pluripotent stem cells. Breanna now works as a Bioprocess Scientist/Engineer at PBS Biotech in California where she continues to focus on protocol design to overcome bioprocess bottlenecks to assist customers in bringing life changing cell and gene therapies through clinical trials and into the market. Outside of work, Breanna focuses on bringing positive leadership to the community. She was an Engineering Ambassador leading work with the gender and diversity committee at the Schulich School of Engineering and has served many years as a mentor with the Cybermentor program and a volunteer figure skating coach for Special Olympics Canada.

Past Winners

2022

Tiffany Dang

University of Calgary
Society: CSChE
2021

Ali Shayesteh Zeraati, MCIC

University of Calgary
Society: CSChE
2020

Mohamed M. Khattab

Ryerson University
Society: CSChE
2019

Khushaal Popli

University of Alberta
Society: CSChE
2018

Michaela K. McGurn

Weber Manufacturing Technolgies
Society: CSChE
2017

Chaimongkol Saengow

Queen's University
Society: CSChE
2016

Aida Sharif Rohani

University of Ottawa
Society: CSChE
2015

Ali Sarvi

ROSEN Canada
Society: CSChE
2014

Ali Shekari

École Polytechnique de Montréal
Society: CSChE
2013

Mohammed Alaqqad

University of British Columbia
Society: CSChE