2021 ASTech Award Finalists

Congratulations to the following Finalists for the 2021 ASTech Awards.  Winners will be announced in October.

DR. WALTER HERZOG, Calgary

Dr. Herzog’s research has revolutionized the understanding of muscle contraction and biomechanics. His discoveries have changed how scientists think about muscle contraction and force production. Learn more.

DR. DEBORAH KURRASCH, Calgary

Dr. Kurrasch’s lab developed a novel drug screening platform designed to uncover therapies with unexpected mechanisms of action, with their lead program focused on pediatric epileptic encephalopathies. Learn more.

DR. CATHERINE LEBEL, Calgary

Dr. Lebel is an international leader in pediatric neuroscience. Her work uses advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies to study how children’s brains develop, and how brain growth is related to cognition, behaviour, and environmental factors. Learn more.

DR. BEATRIZ MOLERO-SANCHEZ, SEEO2 ENERGY, Calgary

Dr. Molero co-founded SeeO2 Energy to commercialize the technology that can easily convert CO2, which is a notoriously stable molecule, into useful products for everyday use. Instead of CO2 being a liability for planet earth, it can now become a profitable asset, while also lowering our carbon footprint. Learn more.

DR. GEORGE SHIMIZU, Calgary

Key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is affordable carbon capture (CC). Dr. Shimizu has discovered and, with academic and industry partners, de-risked the most promising solid for CC in the 10-50% range, broadly applicable for capture from cement, steel and chemical reforming industrial gas streams. Learn more.

DR. MICHAEL TASCHUK, G2V OPTICS INC., Edmonton

Dr. Taschuk is a leader and innovator in every sense of the words. Using Dr. Taschuk’s innovative Engineered Sunlight technology, G2V has drastically enhanced the quality, speed, and yield of crops produced in controlled environments and improved the development of solar renewable devices. Learn more.

DR. ALI TELMADARREIE, Calgary

Dr. Telmadarreie co-founded CNERGREEN in 2019, a start-up seeking to commercialize one of his patents. CNERGREEN’s mission is to help the oil industry transition to a low carbon future by recovering more oil while storing more CO2. CNERGREEN tailors nanoparticles and commercial chemicals to make CO2 foam stable in any reservoir. Learn more.

DR. MILANA TRIFKOVIC & EnviCore Inc., Calgary

Industry is faced with increasing cost of mine tailings management, and responsible for mitigating tailings-related environmental impacts such as methane emissions, heavy metal accumulation, acid rock drainage, and the increase in the land and water footprint. Tailings from specific mining operations contain an enormous (and largely untapped) resource stream of valuable nanomaterials. EnviCore has designed and delivered a dual and holistic offering to address this problem and transform it into a benefit for operators and broader society. Learn more.

DR. HONGBO ZENG, Edmonton

The interaction of emulsion drops and gas bubbles in complex fluids play critical roles in a wide range of engineering applications. In Alberta’s oil sands industry, bitumen froth quality and bitumen recovery are largely influenced by the interactions among bitumen, air bubbles and mineral solids. Dr. Zeng has conducted pioneering work on the experimental quantification of the interactions among deformable objects (e.g., emulsions, bubbles) and fine particles in complex fluids and developed effective solutions to address these challenging issues. Learn more.

DR. JIANHUA ZHU, Edmonton

Dr. Zhu had a dream in 1989 of developing a technology to replace sugar to improve public health by developing and commercializing healthy new food and beverage products. His lifelong ambition led to a patented technology for VitaFiber, a natural, low calorie plant-based alternative sweetener to replace sugar. VitaFiber is both a prebiotic and a dietary fiber which contributes to a solution to two global health problems: weight management and gut health. Learn more.