Faculty Advisor Award
The 2012 winner is:
Redhouane Henda is a professor of chemical engineering at the Bharti School of Engineering/Laurentian University. He received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Heidelberg. Henda has contributed many articles to professional journals, books and book chapters, including a text on chemical engineering principles. He has also developed computer modules for research and education purposes. His research interests focus on nano-science/-technology of thin films for energy and the environment, and on process systems engineering of complex physical/chemical systems.
During the first accreditation round of the newly established chemical engineering program, the site visit team noted that chemical engineering students needed to be more organized as a group. This was the triggering point whereby Henda took it upon himself to establish a Student Chapter to provide a gathering place for chemical engineering students. He established the Chapter in 2006. Ever since then he has served as the Faculty Advisor to the undergraduate students. He makes sure every fall that a meeting is set up with chemical engineering students (new and existing) to point them to the Chapter and encourage them to be part of it. He has offered to help with any issues regarding the overall workings of the Chapter while leaving it to students to manage the day-to-day Chapter’s matters. Henda has encouraged students to partake in CSChE programs by becoming members therein and attending the CSChE’s annual conference. After six years of Chapter presence on Laurentian University campus, students’ involvement in Chapter’s activities have remained steady and uninterrupted.
Terms of Reference
The award shall be presented on an annual basis to one faculty advisor from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering who has demonstrated exceptional performance working with students to plan and implement Student Chapter activities. Nominations for this award shall be made by the Student Chapter representing the university at which the faculty advisor teaches.
Deadline: March 31 of every year
Award: A plaque
Eligibility: The criteria for the award shall include the following:
- Evidence of outstanding leadership by the faculty advisor in creating enthusiasm among Student Chapter members;
- Evidence of creating sustained interest in professional societies;
- Evidence of continuing involvement in Student Chapter affairs.
The award will be presented annually at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.
The award winner shall be selected from the teaching faculty at any Canadian university that has a CSChE Student Chapter in chemical engineering.
Nomination: A nomination letter shall be signed by the Chapter President, one other member of the Student Chapter and the head of the department.
Nomination letters shall be accompanied by supporting documentation, including:
- Biographical sketch;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Other pertinent information about the nominee;
- Summary of Student Chapter activities over the past three years, especially those attributable in whole or in part to the efforts of the faculty advisor;
- List of Student Chapter involvement in public or off-campus activities;
- Previous winners of the award shall not be eligible to receive the award.
Faculty advisors currently serving as directors or as officers of the CIC or any of its Constituent Societies shall not be eligible until they have completed their terms.
Each nomination shall remain in force for three years and will be considered annually by the selection committee.
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