Distinguished Speaker Seminar Jan 26 – Jesse Zhu

Title: Research Strategy and Planning — how to Prepare a Research Career?

Date and Time: Friday, January 26. Refreshments served at 12:50 p.m. Seminar starts at 1 p.m.

Location: MacLeod 2018


While there are many young scholars going into a research career, how many have really thought about what’s the true purpose of doing research and whether that such suits oneself. Then, after getting into the research track, what would be the best strategy to follow and how to plan your career developments, among many constraints.

Putting into a historic perspective and using his own experience as an example, Dr. Zhu will share some of his thoughts while going through various stages of a typical research career. Chasing after the essence of scientific research and driving for true technology developments, have guided his research pathway, with innovation a key and perhaps a dominant factor. The correct research themes are also critical in directing a smooth research program.


JESSE ZHU is a Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Western University. He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia (Supervisor Prof. John Grace) and worked for Shell before joining Western in 1993. In 1999, he established the Particle Technology Research Centre and a Research Chair Program in Particle Technology Applications. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering and Engineering Institute of Canada. Dr. Zhu has received many awards including the highest career (R.S. Jane) award from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, the highest Particle Technology (Elsevier Lifetime Achievement) Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the highest research (Hellmuth Prize) award from Western University, and two major medals from Engineering Institute of Canada and Professional Engineers of Ontario. 

Dr. Zhu has many years of experience in the research area of powder handling, fluidization, and multi-phase flow systems. With 500+ journal publications, 50+ patents, and over 250 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supervised, he has worked on a very wide range of R&D projects, many from the industry. In addition to fundamental research, he is particularly active in technology development and transfer, with several inventions commercialized or being commercialized.