Dr. Peter M. Ostafichuk is a professor of teaching in Mechanical Engineering and the Chair of First Year Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He teaches introduction to the engineering profession and practice, and design in mechanical engineering. He has extensive experience in Team-Based Learning (TBL), curriculum development, and teaching innovation.
Before receiving a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia for research on colloidal ink particle detachment mechanisms during paper recycling, Dr. Nesbit obtained a Bachelor or Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering, then worked as a research engineer studying novel methods of chlorine dioxide production.
Dr. Nesbit is dedicated to the development and delivery of sustainability education. She has developed and taught several undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on the context of engineering decision-making. In 2010/11, she was awarded an inaugural Sustainability Teaching Fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Nesbit's teaching achievements have been cited by engineering educators across North America for their excellence.
Naoko Ellis is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She holds a Ph.D. (UBC, 2003); M.E.Sc. (Western, 1993); and a B.Sc. (Honours, Waterloo, 1991). She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. Her expertise lies in the area of multiphase reaction engineering with emphasis on biomass utilization. Some current projects include: biomass gasification and pyrolysis; CO2 capture, including chemical looping combustion; pyrolysis product utilization; and biofuels. She is also interested in sustainability education and transdisciplinary learning.
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