Professor Doug Reeve has been named the 2010 recipient of the R. S. Jane Memorial Award by the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE). This is the premier award presented by CSChE and recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional achievement in the field of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry.
Professor Reeve, who is Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of pulp and paper research. He helped to develop the Rapson-Reeve Closed Cycle Mill, which was designed to eliminate the principal cause of pulp mill water pollution.
In 1987 Professor Reeve founded the University of Toronto Pulp and Paper Centre (PPC), an educational and research institution which is housed in Chemical Engineering. The PPC encourages collaborative research with industry partners. During his 14-year term as Director, the Centre attracted more than $25-million for research programs with financial support from 45 companies in seven countries.
He is also an innovator in industry education, having worked closely with the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) to develop courses in pulp bleaching and kraft recovery, which have been taught throughout North America.
In recent years, Professor Reeve has turned his attention towards developing the leadership curriculum within the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering as co-director of the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program. LOT is a curricular and co-curricular program that seeks to develop the leadership skills of young engineers through workshops, seminars and special events. He will serve as the inaugural Director of the Faculty’s recently established Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (iLead), which will be home to the LOT program as well as be a centre for teaching, research and outreach on leadership education.
Professor Reeve has been previously recognized with the University of Toronto Alumni Association’s 2009 Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award and was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the International Academy of Wood Science, the Chemical Institute of Canada and TAPPI. In 1998, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Professor Reeve will receive the award at the 60th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, to be held October 24 to 27, 2010 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.