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Scholarship to honour memory of Chad Bennington (September 03, 2010)


September 3, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Professor Chad Bennington of the University of British Columbia, an active and dedicated member of the pulp an…

Professor Chad Bennington of the University of British Columbia, an active and dedicated member of the pulp and paper community for many years, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 14, 2010 at age 53. Sunny in disposition and optimistic by nature, he was passionate about the pulp and paper industry. In his short life he contributed much to it through his work in education and research. He is sorely missed by all who knew him.
Chad obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia in 1979. Following graduation, he worked for two years as a process engineer/chemist at MacMillan Bloedel’s Powell River Mill. In 1981 he returned to UBC to pursue post-graduate studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering, completing his MASc in 1983 and his PhD in 1988. In 1988 he joined Paprican at the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre where he worked as a Senior Research Engineer (with Paprican, now FPInnovations) and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. In March 2002 he was awarded an NSERC/Paprican Chair in Chemical Pulping Technology and in 2006 was appointed Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. At the time of his passing, his research group was thriving with 14 graduate students and 3 postdoctoral fellows.
To honour his memory, friends and colleagues are establishing an endowed Chad Bennington Memorial Scholarship for students at UBC involved in studies related to pulp and paper technology. Those who knew Chad are asked to please consider contributing in his memory by going to www.supporting.ubc.ca/chadbennington, or for further information, contact Dick Kerekes, chair of the committee at kerekes@chbe.ubc.ca.

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