Four UBC profs inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering

Four UBC Profs


Four UBC professors — Perry Adebar, PEng (Civil Engineering), Choon (Jim) Lim, PEng (Chemical and Biological Engineering), James Olson, PEng (Mechanical Engineering) and Marc Parlange, PEng (Civil Engineering) — have been inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of their "distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession."

Nominated and elected by their peers, 50 new fellows and two new international fellows were welcomed by the CAE on June 26, 2017 at a ceremony in Ottawa, in conjunction with the CAE's 2017 Annual General Meeting and Symposium. The CAE is an independent, self-governing and non-profit organization established in 1987 to serve Canada in matters of engineering concern.

The UBC inductees' CAE citations read as follows:

Perry Adebar

Professor Perry Adebar has made important contributions to the profession and practice of engineering in Canada. An award winning educator, he is known for presenting a strong connection between theory and engineering practice, and his views are highly respected by industry. He is Head of UBC Civil Engineering, and was previously Associate Dean of Applied Science at UBC. His research has had direct impact on the seismic design of high-rise concrete buildings in Canada. Dr. Adebar has provided engineering advice to consulting engineering firms, is a director of the Structural Engineers of BC, and a member of Canada TF-1 HUSAR Team.

Choon (Jim) Lim

Jim Lim has made major contributions to the practice, teaching and advancement of chemical engineering. He has shown unique skills in devising new thermochemical processes for industry and in designing and operating pilot scale units to improve and verify these processes. He has been a key figure in training a generation of chemical engineering students in sound design, process simulation and control, and practical skills needed for successful process operations. He has also been an essential team member in a unique group at UBC showing leadership in multiphase reactors.

James Olson

Dr. James Olson is a visionary leader, pioneering researcher, and inspiring educator who has made transformative contributions to the forest products sector of engineering. As a direct result of Dr. Olson’s innovative research and patented inventions, the pulp and paper industry can produce premium pulp using half the energy, has access to more effective fibre separation and refining processes, and is able to measure key properties of fibres more accurately and efficiently. Dr. Olson’s honours include two NSERC Synergy Awards, two NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements, an APEGBC Meritorious Achievement Award, the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Innovation Award, and nine best papers.

Marc Parlange

Dr. Marc Parlange is a world-renowned expert in hydrological engineering, a distinguished academic leader and an innovative educator. His research work on atmospheric boundary layer turbulent flow and on evaporation and land-atmosphere interaction has been transformative. He has bridged atmospheric turbulence research with hydrologic predictions through the design of instrumentation, numerical simulation, and field observations to guide watershed and atmospheric boundary layer modeling. As Department Chair at John Hopkins University and as Dean at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, he has been a leader in promoting Environmental Engineering programs. He is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.