Greg J. EvansPresident's Teaching Award 2015
Greg Evans is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He joined the University of Toronto in 1990 and has been teaching for 25 years. Professor Evans is the inaugural Director of the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) at the University of Toronto; a multidisciplinary unit that is investigating the impacts of air pollution on climate, the environment and human health. He has translated his research on atmospheric chemistry and environmental engineering into his teaching by creating courses such as ‘CHE230 Environmental Chemistry’, taken by all chemical engineering students. This course features the “Environmental Consulting Engineer” integrative role-play project, in which students create their own five-member environmental consulting companies so as bid competitively on local and international projects.
Professor Evans is the inaugural Director of the new Collaborative Program in Engineering Education. His interest in engineering education research is evident throughout the design and delivery of his courses. For example, he has incorporated role play and collaborative learning into courses, and used assessment tools to evaluate the resulting benefits. Further, he is the Associate Director of the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead). Drawing from this expertise, he has incorporated elements of team skills and collaborative learning into courses, and has developed a program of interactive lectures to infuse leadership learning across the undergraduate engineering curriculum.
Professor Evans has supervised the research of over 60 graduate students and 200 undergraduate students. He has provided these students with stimulating learning and rich research experiences, leveraging the state-of the science instruments and unique multidisciplinary training environment of SOCAAR.
Professor Evans has been recognized by the Faculty, the University, and a number of external organizations for his contributions to teaching, research, administration, and enhancing student experience. He has been awarded the 2014 Allan Blizzard Award, the 2014 Faculty Teaching Award, the 2013 Northrop Frye Award for Linking Teaching and Research, the 2010 Engineers Canada Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education, the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education St. Lawrence Section Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2009 Ontario Professional Engineers Medal for Research and Development and the 2008 Joan E. Foley Student Quality of Student Experience Award. He is a licensed engineer (P.Eng.) and holds a BASc, MASc and PhD from U of T.