Alison Scott (BASc ‘13, MASc ‘15, Waterloo), a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded the 2015 J. Alan George Leadership Award. This entrance award is offered to female PhD students who demonstrate outstanding leadership.
Under the supervision of Prof. Alex Penlidis, Alison’s research in Polymer Reaction Engineering has dealt with topics including controlled radical polymerization, crosslinking systems, multivariate statistical analysis and reactive processing. Her most recent work focuses on water-soluble copolymer and terpolymer systems with potential applications in enhanced oil recovery. To date, she has published 7 papers in refereed journals.
Alison has had many opportunities to become involved as a leader at the University of Waterloo and in the greater Kitchener-Waterloo community. Within the Chemical Engineering Department, Alison utilized her leadership skills as the Teaching Assistant Coordinator for ChE 102 (Chemistry for Engineers) in Fall 2014. She has also completed the Fundamentals of University Teaching program through the Center for Teaching Excellence, and enjoys being a TA for both undergraduate and graduate level courses.