Dr. François Bertrand (Professor and Senior Vice-President & Vice-President Academic and Research, Polytechnique Montréal) was selected the recipient of the 2019 Award for Excellence and Sustained Contributions to Mixing Research and Practice. The award will be presented at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in November.
François Bertrand is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering of Polytechnique Montreal since 2000 and was the Chair of this department between 2013 – 2016. He is currently Senior Vice-President and Vice-President Academic & Research at Polytechnique Montreal.
He completed his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (France) in 1995. His expertise relates to the dynamics of fluids and solids in chemical engineering processes, with an emphasis on mixing, and to the modeling of transport phenomena in fluid, granular and multiphase systems. He has authored more than 150 papers, and the originality and relevance of his work have been recognized worldwide with 35 invited presentations at international conferences and in the industry.
François Bertrand is a professional engineer and a member of OIQ. He was the treasurer of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE), a member of the organizing committees and the treasurer of the 50th CSChE Annual Meeting and the 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering.
He is also an officer of the Executive Council of the North American Mixing Forum. He chaired the XXV Mixing Conference held in Quebec City in 2016.