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The Department of Chemical Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Brian Amsden for receiving the Donald and Joan McGeachy Chair in Biomedical Engineering for a five year term, effective May 1, 2016.
Established in 2011 from an estate gift to Queen’s, the $2.5-million Donald and Joan McGeachy Chair in Biomedical Engineering was initiated to enhance the discipline within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and contribute to the national and international growth of research at the frontiers of this field.
Dr. Amsden is currently the Director of a recently awarded NSERC CREATE program, focused on the development of tissue engineering/regenerative medicine treatment strategies for damaged soft connective tissues. Outside of the CREATE program, he is working on stem cell and drug delivery strategies to treat a condition called critical limb ischemia. He is also investigating the role of polymer flexibility on the ability of cells to attach, grow, and function, with the objective of designing effective materials for implantable drug delivery and as a basis for tissue engineering approaches. Dr. Amsden, along with his research group, have new and ongoing projects in each of these areas that will form the nucleus of his research over the next five years. Many of these projects are being developed in collaboration with colleagues at Queen’s, at other universities, and within industry, who possess expertise that complements that of Dr. Amsden’s. Such collaborations allow the projects to develop at a fast pace and provide a unique, enriched, and multidisciplinary training opportunity to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and undergraduates.
Dr. Paul Nomikos, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, is the winner of the 2016 D.G. Fisher Award. This award is presented to an individual who has made major contributions in the field of systems and control engineering while a resident of Canada. As an award winner, Dr. Nomikos will present a lecture at the CSChE Conference.
Dr. Greg Russell of the University of Canterbury will be conducting a seminar on April 7, 2016, entitled "Do We Really Understand the Kinetics of Radical Polymerization?"
CFI awarded over $1 million to six innovative Queen’s researchers, including our very own Dr. Laura Wells. Dr. Wells is addressing the needs for better treatments of ophthalmic diseases through the development of bioresponsive drug delivery systems (a system that releases drugs on a controlled basis) and novel materials that can improve medical device outcomes.
Dr. Heather Pilkington of First Key Consulting Inc. will be conducting a seminar on March 24, 2016, entitled "Trends and Opportunities in the Brewing Industry"
Dr. David Sinton of the University of Toronto will be conducting a seminar on February 25, 2016, entitled "Microfluidics for Energy Applications"
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