Graduate Students Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Posted on May 24, 2023

Congratulations to the four Chemical Engineering graduate students that were awarded this years’ Dean’s Teaching Assistant Award! This annual award recognizes exceptional Teaching Assistants across the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science who have been nominated by their departments.

  • Sumaiya Karim – (PhD supervised by Laura Wells) for ASPC 102 and CHEE 315
  • Houda Haidar (PhD supervised by Kim McAuley) for CHEE 222 and 311
  • Grace Riddell (MASc supervised by Lindsay Fitzpatrick), for CHEE 361 and 380
  • Jakob Straznicky (MASc supervised by Kim McAuley) for CHEE 209 and 222

 Student Awards

Pictured left to right is Sumaiya Karim, Houda Haidar, Grace Riddell and Jakob Straznicky.


In addition, congratulations to Jakob Straznicky who also recently received this year’s Education Catalyst Award, which recognizes the excellent skills of a teaching assistant in the Chemical Engineering Department. This award recognizes an individual who best combines the ability to effectively communicate ideas, willingness to help students, knowledge of course material and ability to answer questions effectively. Nominees for the award are selected by undergraduate students. Jakob was a teaching assistant this year for CHEE 209 “Analysis of Process Data” and CHEE 222 “Process Dynamics & Numerical Methods.” Undergraduate students indicated how well he explained concepts, an eagerness to help, and an appreciation for the additional tips and advice around assignments, tutorials and concepts.