Office of the Dean

Associate Dean (Graduate Student Teaching)

Suzanne Kresta 

Associate Dean (Graduate Student Teaching)

Title & Department:

  • Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

Education & Career Highlights:

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, McMaster University
  • MSc, Integrated Design of Chemical Plant, University of Leeds
  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick
  • Acting Associate Dean, Research and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta
  • Visiting Professor, Centre National de Researche Scientifique, Laboratoirede Genie Chemique, Toulouse, France
  • Consultant, CoSyn Engineering Edmonton
  • Co-editor of Handbook of Industrial Mixing (Wiley, 2004) and Advances in Industrial Mixing (Wiley, 2015)
  • Research and consulting work on turbulent mixing now reaches across twenty different industries

Awards & Recognitions:

  • Engineers Canada Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education
  • The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Summit Award for Excellence in Education
  • Killam Annual Professorship
  • Academic Women's Association Woman of the Year
  • Alexander Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
  • McCalla Professorship
  • Syncrude Canada Innovation Award
  • Senior Moulton Medal
  • North American Mixing Forum (NAMF) Award for Excellence in Mixing Research and Practice
  • American Publisher's Association Award for Outstanding Achievements in Professional and Scholarly Publishing
  • YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Science and Technology Category)
  • Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE, now Engineers Canada) Young Engineer Achievement Award
  • Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA, now APEGA) Early Accomplishment Award
  • Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Fellow, Engineers Canada and American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Turbulent mixing, liquid-liquid dispersions, solids suspension, complex reactor designs, engineering education

Responsibilities as Associate Dean (Graduate Student Teaching):

  • Strategic oversight of the Graduate Teaching and Learning Program
  • Student cases
  • Representation of FGSR on University Search and Selection Committees
  • Campus-wide governance

Personal Interests & Hobbies:

  • Quilting, outdoor activities, family and dog

Fondest graduate school memory:

  • Taking foreign graduate students on overnight canoe trips to Algonquin Parks and playing ball at lunch time in the summer.

Favourite thing about the University of Alberta:

  • Smart and wonderful people on campus.

If you could tell graduate students to read one book, what would it be:

  • What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom

Advice to graduate students:

  • Communicate early and often with your supervisor. Cultivate relationships with other students and with professors.

Click here to go to Associate Dean Kresta's faculty page at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.