Bioprocessing, Industrial Microbiology, Microalgal Biotechnology, Sustainable Engineering, Interdisciplinary Education, Problem-Based Learning
Associate Professor of Teaching
Office:
CHBE 439
Education
University of Ottawa, 2015, PhD, Chemical Engineering
University of Ottawa , 2009, B.A.Sc, Chemical Engineering
University of Ottawa , 2009, B.Sc., (Honours) Biochemistry
Select Publications
  • Ghaemi, RV. and Potvin, G. Experimenting with Labs: Practical and Pedagogical Considerations for the Integration of Problem-Based Lab Instruction in Chemical Engineering. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2021. DOI: 10.1002/cjce.24136
  • Verrett, J. Curriculum Renewal for Better Design-Related Student Outcomes in Second-Year Chemical and Biological Engineering. Paper 154. Proceedings of the 2021 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
  • Vaez Ghaemi, R, and Potvin, G. Hands-on Education Without the Hands-on? An Approach to Online Delivery of a Senior Lab Course in Chemical Engineering While Maintaining Key Learning Outcomes. Paper 14.  Proceedings of the 2021 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA).
  • Ghaemi, RV, and Potvin, G. Students’ Perspective: Does Problem-Based Learning Increase Ownership of One’s Education?. Paper 26. Proceedings of the 2020 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
  • Ghaemi, RV, Peragovics, A, and Potvin, G. International Student Perception of Collaborative Group Exams in a First-Year Engineering Chemistry Course. Paper 15. Proceedings of the 2019 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA).
  • Abello, J, Avalos-Rivera, A, Potvin, G, Motavas, S, Prodanovic, V, and Zappa-Hollman, S. Motivation Behind international Undergraduate Students Choosing Engineering. Paper 87. Proceedings of the 2019 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA).
  • Pringle, J, and Potvin, G. The Right Tools for the Job: Discipline-Specific Language-Learning for First-Year International Engineering Students. 2018 Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). (2018) 6.
  • Vaez Ghaemi, R, and Potvin, G. Implementation and Student Assessment of a Two-stage Midterm Exam in a First-year Physical Chemistry Course for International Students. 2018 Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). (2018) 3.
  • Sheroubi, A, and Potvin, G. Humanitarian Engineering: A New Interdisciplinary Course on the Application of Engineering Skills to Local and Global Humanitarian Challenges. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). (2018) 8.
  • Pringle, J, and Potvin, G. International Engineering Student Motivation to Develop Communication Skills: a Case for an Integrated Training Approach. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). (2018)
  • Murphy M, and Potvin G. Language as an Engineering Learning Tool: Integration of Language and Engineering Education for First-Year Students to Improve Technical Learning Outcomes, Communication Skills, and Critical Thinking. 2017 Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Engineering Education Association (CEEA). (2017) 10.
  • Potvin G. Incorporating elements of team-based learning and increasing student independence in a 4th year engineering lab course to promote the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills. Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). (2017) 11.
  • Murphy M, Potvin G. Building bridges: An approach to the integration of English language education in first-year engineering and applied science courses for international students. 2016 Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA). (2016) 10.
  • Potvin G, Zhang Z, Defela A, Lam H. Screening of Alternative Carbon Sources for Recombinant Protein Production in Pichia pastoris. Int. J. Chem React. Eng. 14 (2016) 251-257.
  • Potvin G, Li Z, Zhang Z. Statistical Medium Optimization for the Increased Production of Recombinant Phytase in the Fed-Batch Cultivation of Pichia pastoris. Int. J. Chem. React. Eng. 13 (2015) 427-435.
  • Potvin G, Zhang Z. Development of novel feed additives through the production of recombinant proteins in microalgal chloroplasts. 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Conference. Held in San Francisco, California, November 3rd-9th 2013.
  • Potvin G, Ahmad A, Zhang Z. Bioprocess Engineering Aspects of Heterologous Protein Production in Pichia pastoris: a Review. Biochem Eng. J. 64 (2012) 91-105
  • Potvin G, Richard A, Talbot K, Zhang Z. Production of novel feed additives through the accumulation of recombinant proteins in microalgae. 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (2012).
  • Liu M, Potvin G, Gan Y, Huang Z, Zhang Z. Medium Optimization for the Production of Phytase by Recombinant Pichia pastoris Grown on Glycerol. Int. J. Chem. React. Eng. 9 (2011) A86.
  • Potvin G, Debska D, Lan C, Zhang Z. Effect of Operating Conditions on the Photobioreactor Cultivation of Chlorella vulgaris. J. Biobased Mat. Bioenergy. 5 (2011) 1-5.
  • Tang S, Potvin G, Reiche A, Zhang Z. Modeling of phytase production by Cultivation of Pichia pastoris Under the Control of the GAP Promoter. Int. J. Chem. Reactor Eng. 8 (2010) A9.
  • Debska D, Potvin G, Lan C, Zhang Z. Effects of Medium Composition on the Growth of Chlorella vulgaris During Photobioreactor Batch Cultivations. J. Biobased Mater. Bioenergy. 4 (2010) 68-72.
  • Potvin G, Zhang Z. Strategies for High-Level Recombinant Protein Expression in Transgenic Microalgae: A review. Biotechnol. Adv. 28 (2010) 910-918.

Awards

2020/2021 UBC Killam Teaching award
2019 Ron Britton Engineering Education Vanguard Award (granted by the Canadian Engineering Education Association)
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Chemical and Biological Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award (granted by the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Student Society)

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE)
Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)