Two UBC engineering professors elected to Royal Society of Canada

Guy Dumont and Jiujun Zhang

Guy Dumont, PEng, a professor in UBC's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jiujun Zhang, an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canada’s highest honour for artists, scholars and scientists.

Recognized by the RSC for his “innovative and groundbreaking applications of adaptive control,” Dumont has been conducting control systems research in UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science since 1989. He previously worked at Tioxide and the Pulp & Paper Research Institute of Canada, and he holds degrees from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers and McGill University, where he received his PhD in electrical engineering in 1977.

Among Dumont’s numerous other honours are the D.G. Fisher Award from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, fellowships from the International Federation of Automatic Control and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study and three NSERC Synergy Awards for Innovation. His latest Synergy Award, which he shared with industry partner Lionsgate Technologies, was for the Kenek O2 pulse oximeter: a mobile phone-powered diagnostic medical device that may prevent deaths caused by pneumonia and pre-eclampsia by offering easy, low-cost measurement of blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate.

Zhang, described by the RSC as a pioneer of modern fuel cell technology, is a leading figure in the field of electrochemistry. After managing research and development at ATS Electrolube International, he assumed key leadership positions at Ballard Power Systems and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), where he played an instrumental role in multiple fuel cell- and other electrochemical energy technology-related innovations and fundamental research advances, as well as major government-industry collaborations. 

A graduate of Peking University and Wuhan University, where he received a PhD in electrochemistry in 1988, Zhang is the recipient of two Ballard innovation awards, serves as an editor or editorial board member for several journals and supervises over a dozen graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the NRC. He is also a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the International Society of Electrochemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The RSC consists of three academies — the Academy of the Arts and Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Science — and is aimed at recognizing “scholarly, research and artistic excellence” and promoting “learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the natural and social sciences.”

The 2017 Fellows will be inducted into the RSC at a ceremony at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 24, 2017.

The full RSC citations for Dumont and Zhang read as follows:

Guy Dumont is a world-renowned expert in adaptive and process control. His innovative and groundbreaking applications of adaptive control have been commercialized by leading industrial firms worldwide and have inspired the work of others in the field. More recently, his research has been devoted to increasing patient safety through enhanced clinical monitoring, automated drug delivery and medical technology relevant to the problems of the developing world.

Jiujun Zhang is a world-renowned expert in electrochemical energy science and technology with over 450 publications and over 24,000 citations. He is one of the pioneers of modern fuel cell technology and has also made significant contributions to the science of batteries, sensors, supercapacitors, CO2 electroreduction and other electrochemical devices. He has been listed as one of “The 3000 World Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters since 2014.