Sponsored by the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Suncor Energy Foundation and Shell Canada Limited

The D. G. Fisher Award is presented to an individual who has made major contributions in the field of systems and control engineering while a resident of Canada.

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The 2021 winner of the D. G. Fisher Award is:

Radhakrishnan Mahadevan


Radhakrishnan Mahadevan, MCIC
University of Toronto
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Krishna Mahadevan is a Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, and Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is currently serving as the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies in Chemical Engineering. He obtained his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Chemical Engineering in 1997 and then obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Delaware in Chemical Engineering in 2002. He was a research scientist at Genomatica Inc., San Diego from 2002–06 and has also held appointments as a visiting scholar and a guest lecturer at the Department of Bioengineering in the University of California, San Diego, and in the Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests are in the area of modeling, analysis and optimization of metabolism for applications in bioremediation, biochemicals production and medicine and has published over 130 articles in these areas.  He has received David W. Smith Jr. Best Paper Award in 2006, the Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering in 2010, the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology’s Young Investigator Award in 2012, University of Toronto FASE Research Leaders Award in 2013, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 2014, the Syncrude Innovation Award in 2014, and Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator award in 2017.

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Past Winners


Bhushan Gopaluni, MCIC

University of British Columbia
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Christopher L.E. Swartz , MCIC

McMaster University
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Martin Guay, FCIC

Queen's University
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Kim McAuley

Queen's University
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Paul Nomikos

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Peter L. Douglas

University of Waterloo
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Hector Budman

University of Waterloo
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Biao Huang, FCIC

University of Alberta
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