Doctoral student David Nielsen has been named
as this year’s recipient of the J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship from
Nielsen, a Queen’s University student,
will receive $5,000 over the next year to pursue his PhD in chemical engineering.
He received a BSc from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and started as a Master’s
student at Queen’s in 2001.
In 2003 he was promoted to the PhD program
“in recognition of his superior research and academic performance,”
commented Queen’s professor Andrew Daugulis, co-supervisor of his graduate
Nielsen’s research focuses on the development
and optimization of a new type of technology for the treatment and control of potentially
harmful gas emissions.
“Despite the fact that other technologies
are presently available for such treatment needs, my work has shown that using bioreactor
technology is a viable option to treat harmful gases, and offers the opportunity
to decrease the environmental impact of many currently employed industrial processes,”
He said his work, in the larger sense, “strives
to further push research in the fields of bioremediation and biotechnology to provide
solutions to critical environmental issues.”
Nielsen, whose work has been published in
several leading scientific journals, including Biotechnology and Bioengineering,
and Environmental Science and Technology, has presented key findings at
major national and international conferences in the areas of chemical engineering,
environmental biotechnology and microbiology. He has been the recipient of several
awards, including four postgraduate scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council of Canada.