The President’s Award for Outstanding Research recognizes young researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines. Dr. Faisal Khan is one of the recipients of the 2013 President's Award for Outstanding Research.
Dr. Khan is the chair of process engineering in Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Vale Research Chair in Process Risk and Safety Engineering, and his work is nothing short of outstanding.
Dr. Khan joined Memorial as an associate professor in August 2002. After joining Memorial, he continued to work on safety and risk engineering and also extended his research scope by applying risk-engineering concepts to safety, asset integrity management, pollution prevention, and renewable energy. He has also developed many advanced risk-based safety and integrity management methodologies and models.
His research achievements include the establishment of a unique research health safety and environmental (HSE) laboratory facility to carry out advanced experiments and model development related to health, safety and risk. The facility is well known by the oil and gas and chemical processing industries and has been instrumental in developing national and international collaborations.
Dr. Khan’s models and methodologies are used and referenced by the American Petroleum Institute (API), Canadian Standard Association (CSA), American Bureau Shipping (ABS) and Lloyds’ Register design recommended practice. One of Dr. Khan’s most prestigious honours was to serve as a risk analysis expert to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on an important project.
Over the years, he has secured research funding totaling more than $7 million dollars to support research interests, which was used largely to build infrastructure and to train highly qualified personnel.
Dr. Khan’s colleague, Dr. Lesley James, who is also a professor of process engineering in Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering, was one of his peers who nominated him for the award.
“I nominated Faisal because of his absolute dedication to education and everything it embodies. One simply has to look at his CV to recognize his commitment and excellence in the areas of research, teaching and service. The reason Faisal is truly deserving of this award is not his publication record, grants held or course evaluations, but the humility in his approach and desire to encourage and motivate all those around him, including himself, to learn and become,” she said. “I was absolutely delighted to hear that he had won the award. It could not go to a better, more deserving recipient. I am honoured to consider Faisal a mentor.”
For Dr. Khan, receiving such a prestigious peer-nominated award is about recognition of a continued effort of learning.
“For me, awards aren’t milestones or success parameters. It is a motivational recognition that my peers value my efforts. For me, personally, it is extremely satisfying that my peers understand and recognize what I am doing and trying to achieve,” said Dr. Khan.
As part of the nomination process, Dr. Khan’s colleagues described him as a student for life and someone who continues to learn to advance his understanding and skills, while simultaneously sharing his knowledge with fellow colleagues, collaborators and students. For those reasons, he is truly deserving of this award.