Dr. Kenneth C. Porteous
- A Member of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
Dr. Porteous graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors degree in chemical engineering, and then subsequently received a Masters and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in the U.S. His early career was with Cyanamid of Canada Limited as a Process Analyst, then Syncrude Canada in the Research Department where a progression of responsibility from “hands on” process development for the selection, budgeting, planning to the management of all research and development programs. He was appointed Manager of Planning and Economics, then Director of Corporate Planning, responsible for the economic justification of all major capital projects and for providing cost effective systems and computer services for the entire company. The scope of such projects in the oil sands of Alberta is of course, somewhat awe-inspiring in terms of their size, complexity, and overall importance for Canadians in general.
Dr. Porteous then elected to return to academe, joining the University of Alberta as Professor of Chemical Engineering. Here in addition to teaching responsibilities he had overall responsibility for developing the Centre for Cooperative Education, which now places over 1100 students in programs across Canada and around the world, in all major engineering disciplines. I believe it has a placement rate of over 95% of the eligible students – most impressive!
The development and expansion of the coop program has transformed engineering education at the University of Alberta. The students return to their classes with an increased appreciation of organization, planning and communication skills. Their experience invigorates the classroom and enriches the learning experience for all the students.
Dr. Porteous has also found time to contribute to engineering across Canada through the CSChE. First as Director and then as President he brought the same vision and leadership to this constituent society of the EIC.
Ladies and Gentlemen, in acknowledgement and appreciation of the work of Dr. Porteous, the EIC confers the honour of Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.
Mr. President – Dr. Kenneth C. Porteous
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