On April 22, 2016, the University of British Columbia’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Department hosted the award ceremony of the Thomas Bennett Student Enrichment Memorial Awards in Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Nathan Chan and Ryan Rickaby, this year’s recipients, were selected based on their participation in student enrichment activities, social and environmental concern, academic achievement, and leadership qualities.
The awards were officially endowed in 2012 as a legacy of Thomas Edward James Bennett, an accomplished alumnus of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department who graduated in 2007. During his time at UBC, Tom made a positive and lasting impression on students, staff, and faculty in the Faculty of Applied Science, many of whom were devastated by his untimely death in a tragic mountain climbing incident on April 1st, 2010, at the age of 26.
As an engineer, Tom was passionately committed to environmental sustainability, and to making a difference through his profession. He played a key role in bringing a biodiesel production project to UBC, and his dedication is remembered by a plaque hung in his honour near the project’s reactor.
In attendance at this year’s ceremony were 2016 award recipients Nathan Chan and Ryan Rickaby, 2014 award recipient Lee Rippon, Tom’s mother Mary Kenny, Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Naoko Ellis, Undergraduate Student Support Lori Tanaka and Juana Gonzales, and Director of Academic Programs Marlene Chow.
Please visit www.tomspirit.com for more information on the award and donations.