C1. Advanced Functional Materials
Mohammad Arjmand, University of British Columbia
Mark Kortschot, University of Toronto
Boxin Zhao, University of Waterloo
Multifunctionality in Nature's Composites - inorganic biocomposites, polymers, metals, ceramics
The Circular Economy and the Pressure for Innovation and Sustainability - green technologies, recyclable biopolymers
Natural Polymers and Biocomposites - proteins, polysaccharides, polynucleic acid, inorganic biocomposites, green technologies, modelling protein structures to bioprocesses
C2. Biochemical Engineering
Juan Asenjo, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Ingrid Avanzi, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil
Sue Baldwin, University of British Columbia
Sean Caffrey, University of Toronto
Elizabeth Edwards, University of Toronto
Tedd Konya, University of Toronto
Krishna Mahadevan, University of Toronto
Emma Master, University of Toronto
Claudio Nascimento, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil
Elen Perpetuo, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil
Ginette Turcotte, Ryerson University
Biofuels/Bioenergy - bioenergy, biofuels, biomass conversion, bioprocessing, lignin biodegradation, fermentation ethanol, biobutanol, biodegradation, biological carbon storage, microbial fuel cells, biodiesel, bio-oil
Bioreaction Engineering - bioreactor design/control/optimization, bacterial and cell culture, fermentation, enzymes, biosensors
Microbiology – environmental microbiology, microbial biochemistry, bioremediaion
Computational Biomedical Engineering and Engineered Biological Systems - computational modeling of biomaterials, biosignal processing, modeling of physiological systems, system biology, structural biology, biomechanics, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, metabolomics, microbial factories, Biomining, waste reduction and remediation,automation in bioprocess development
Functional Biomaterials - hydrogels, nanogels, ceramics, metals, polymers. hybrid biomaterials, self-healing gels, peptides, glycomaterials, biomimetic membranes (liposomes, polymersomes), recyclable biopolymers
Medical and Molecular Engineering - vaccine design, cell technologies/ cell therapy, bionanotechnology, genome
C3. Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
Cathy Chin, University of Toronto
Ramdhane Dhib, Ryerson University
Catalysis for Fossil Fuel Processing and Energy Production - coal, gas, oil, oil sand, shale gas
Environmental and Automotive Catalysis - automotive and stationary exhaust emission control, waste conversion, pollutant abatements
Fundamentals of Catalyst Design and Characterizations– catalyst synthesis, catalyst modeling and simulation, characterizations, computational catalysis
Reaction Mechanisms – understanding catalytic events and reaction mechanisms
Catalysts for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels - biomass conversion, photocatalysis, fuel cells and batteries, related hydrogen production
Chemical Reaction Engineering - reactor design, structured reactors, high throughput experimentation, micro-reactors, process intensification, multi-scale modeling, multiphase reactor, micro/macro kinetic phenomena, Computational reaction engineering
Novel Reactors - Electrochemical and photochemical reactor engineering, Membrane reactors, Reverse-flow reactors
Reactors for Polymer Synthesis - Polymer reactor design and modeling, Polymer characterization techniques, Polymerization techniques
C4. Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
Gisele Azimi, University of Toronto
Farhad Ein-Mozaffari, Ryerson University
Clara Gomez, Coanda Research and Development Corporation
Mehdi Keshtkar, NOVA Centre for Applied Research
José Roberto Nunhez, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Transport Phenomena, Rheology, Mixing, Multiphase Flow, Flow Visualization, Thermodynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Discrete Element Method (DEM), and Particulate Engineering
C5. Energy and Natural Resources
This topic will cover all original theoretical and applied papers on all aspects of renewable energy resources including: new materials, systems, and modules; utilization, transmission, delivery and smart grid management; policy pathways for energy efficiency; and environmental impacts. Specific topics to be discussed will include but not limited to:
- Solar power
- Wind power
- Water or hydropower
- Wave, tidal, or ocean energy
Edgar Acosta, University of Toronto
Erin Bobicki, University of Toronto
Laura Romero-Zeron, University of New Brunswick
Zhongchao Tan, University of Waterloo
Hadis Zarrin, Ryerson University
Renewable Energy - This topic will cover all original theoretical and applied papers on all aspects of renewable energy resources including: new materials, systems, and modules; utilization, transmission, delivery and smart grid management; policy pathways for energy efficiency; and environmental impacts. Specific topics to be discussed will include but not limited to: Solar power, Wind power, Water or hydropower, Wave, tidal, or ocean energy, Geothermal, Biomass
Mineral Processing -This topic will cover all applied and fundamental aspects relevant to mineral processing operations, including process chemistry, hydrodynamics, mixing, surface and interfacial chemistry, slurry rheology, microwave applications, bioapplications, mineralogy, modelling, process control, and metallurgical accounting. Specific topics to be discussed include but are not limited to: Flotation, Comminution, Dewatering, Tailings, management, Effluent treatment, Pre-concentration.
Oil and gas -This topic will cover all applied and fundamental aspects associated with extraction, production and transformation of natural gas and crude oil in its various forms to produce fuels and chemicals. Fundamental principles and technologies aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas production, including spills, tailing ponds and others are also within the scope of this topic.
C6. Engineering & Entrepreneurship
Lotfi Belkhir, McMaster University
Yuri Lawryshyn, University of Toronto
Rafik Loutfy, Ryerson University
Ali Kamel H. Al Jibouri, CleanIn Water Inc.
Samin Eftekhari, United Therapeutics Corporation, Lung Biotechnology PBC
M. Cynthia Goh, University of Toronto
Stephen W. Neville, University of Victoria
Joseph C. Paradi, University of Toronto
Irene Yang, BASF
Pedagogical Models of Entrepreneurship Engineering - Both emerging as well as established models of entrepreneurship education targeting engineers are encouraged. Of particular interest to our audience are the design principles and elements of those models, along with any unique areas of focus, such as non-profit, social or green/sustainable entrepreneurship. Also, of keen interest are the hurdles and lessons learned encountered in meshing the multi-disciplinary aspect of entrepreneurship with the traditional engineering education, as well as any empirical studies on the real-world impact of those programs. The scope includes both undergraduate and graduate level programs.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship Education; Pedagogy of Entrepreneurship; Engineering Education; Social Entrepreneurship; Sustainable Entrepreneurship; Green Entrepreneurship; Non-Profit Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship Programs.
Engineering Student-Founder Cases - We are seeking in this stream single or multi-case studies and lesson-learned of engineering students who took their venture to the real world while still pursuing their engineering degree at the same time. Of particular interest is the role and impact of the program and the university in encouraging and supporting the entrepreneurial team and venture with any of the multifaceted needs of the venture such as incubation; product development, seed financing, networking, intellectual property licensing, etc.
Keywords: Student Entrepreneurship; Student Venturing; University Incubators; Intellectual Property Licensing; Seed Funding.
Women in Engineering & Entrepreneurship - Empirical and case studies of female engineers-entrepreneurs, as well as engineering-hosted entrepreneurship programs that encourage and support women participation are highly desirable. Also, any related studies and insights about female entrepreneurship outside of engineering are also welcome.
Keywords: Women Entrepreneurship; Women in Engineering; Women Entrepreneurship Programs.
C7. Environmental Engineering
Arthur Chan, University of Toronto
Baoqiang Liao, Lakehead University
Jenny Wu, Ryerson University
Nigel Guilford, Guilford & Associates
Air Pollutants Characterization, Air Pollution Mitigation and Air Quality Management – Aerosol characterization, adsorption, biofiltration, membrane gas separation, scrubbing of gaseous pollutants mitigation of particulate emissions, air contaminant transport, photochemical smog, greenhouse gases: sources, effects and fate, ultrafine particles, catalytic conversion, catalytic oxidation, indoor and outdoor pollution.
Environment Management - environmental impact assessment and life cycle assessment.
Solids Waste Management and Resource Recovery – industrial and municipal waste reduction and control strategies, remediation of contaminated soils, pollutant transport, fracking waste, in-situ and ex-situ mitigation solutions, fate and toxicity of nanoparticles, biosludge management, landfill leachate treatment, energy and resource recovery from solid waste and hazardous wastes management.
Water and Wastewater Treatment and Water Quality Management – drinking water purification, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, micro-pollutants and refractory contaminants, resource recovery (nutrients and bioenergy) from wastewaters, water recycling, oil sands process-affected water (OSPW), latest developments in adsorption, advanced oxidation processes, biological treatment processes, membrane separations, membrane bioreactors for water and wastewater purification.
C8. Microfluidics and Nanotechnology
Jesse Greener, Université Laval
Dae Kum (Rilla) Hwang, Ryerson University
Anne-Virginie Salsac, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
Axel Guenther, University of Toronto
Dan V. Nicolau, McGill University
Anne-Virginie Salsac, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
David Sinton, University of Toronto
Peichun Amy Tsai, University of Alberta
Fundamentals in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics: Physics and chemistry; field, force, and flows; fluid flow and control; droplet flow; analytical chemistry; mixing; transport phenomena; multiphase microflow
Microfluidics in Energy and Environment: Photocatalysis and photosynthesis; electrical energy system; oil and gas; carbon management
Microfluidics in Materials Synthesis: Micro/nano particles; biomaterials; porous materials; droplet generation; composite materials; extra cellular matrix; smart materials, chemical synthesis; microreactors & micromixter
Biological and Analytical Applications of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics: Single cell analysis; cell capture; cell sorting and analysis; analysis of circulating tumor cells; stem cells; extracellular vesicles; organ-on-a-chip; lab-on-a-chip; sample preparation; sensors and actuators; optical detection; diagnostics, therapeutics, and translational medicine
Nanotechnology: Nanomaterials, nanofabrication technologies, nanostructured materials, nanomaterial enabled technologies and applications
C9. Separation and Bioseparation
Huu Doan, Ryerson University
Claudio Habert, Programa de Engenharia Química - COPPE / UFRJ, Brazil
Takeshi Matsuura, University of Ottawa
Suzanna Nunes, KAUST University, Saudi Arabia
Shahram Tabe, Ontario Ministry of Environment
João Crespo, Nova Lisboa University, Portugal
gas-liquid, gas-solid, liquid-liquid and liquid-solid separation in chemical and bio systems.
C10. Systems & Control
Will Cluett, University of Toronto
Michel Perrier, Polytechnique Montreal
Ana Torres, Universidad de la República Uruguay
Simant Upreti, Ryerson University
Fundamentals in Data Science
Data Analytics, Optimal Control
Design of Sustainable Processes
Systems Control I
Systems Control II