CHBE Students Awarded John Tiedje Fellowships

Congratulations to Eric Lees and Joseph English, who were awarded the two John Tiedje Fellowships in Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation. The two graduate fellowships of $20,000 each have been made available through an endowment established by Dorothy Tiedje in memory of John Tiedje (BASc 1944, MASc 1945). John Tiedje was a graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering at UBC who went on to a successful career with Imperial Oil, where he was responsible for developing several new processes for converting petroleum into value-added products. He served as manager of Esso Frances research lab in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France; as manager of the Esso Petroleum Canada Research Department in Sarnia, Ontario, until his retirement in 1983; and as chair of the Canadian Committee for the World Petroleum Congress.

The Fellowships are awarded to Canadian/PR students on the basis of academic achievements, research ability and leadership. Their research must help to create and maintain a healthy environment, with preference for research developing clean and renewable energy, advancing the electrification of the economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or improving the efficiency of energy utilization.

Eric W. Lees completed a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is now working on his Masters of Applied Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering, under the supervision of Professor Curtis P. Berlinguette. Eric is currently studying bicarbonate electroreduction to carbon monoxide.

Joseph T. English completed a Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He is now working on his Ph.D in Chemical and Biological Engineering under the supervision of Professor David Wilkinson. Joseph is currently investigating the use of hierarchical electrodes as a strategy to improve effectiveness of electrochemical treatment of wastewater.

Congratulations to Eric and Joseph!