Master's student research receives royal treatment

By Costa Maragos Posted: September 14, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Ryan Clark, a graduate from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has been invited to attend a dinner at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, hosted by the Governor-General David Johnston.
Ryan Clark, a graduate from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has been invited to attend a dinner at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, hosted by the Governor-General David Johnston. Photo courtesy of Zara Qadir

Ryan Clark’s research has been receiving a royal reception as of late.

Clark, a recent graduate in environmental system engineering from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has been invited to represent the U of R at a dinner hosted by Governor-General David Johnston at Rideau Hall September 19.

According to the invitation, the dinner is in recognition of “principal supporters of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Programme.” Clark is a scholarship recipient.

“To partake in this event means that I will have an opportunity to meet and personally thank the principle supporters that made the QEII scholarship possible,” says Clark, who was nominated for the trip by UR International’s Study Abroad office.

The QEII Scholarship is a collaboration between Universities Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation.  

The program is also made possible thanks to financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments (including Saskatchewan) and the private sector.

The scholarship supports graduate students who wish to pursue their studies abroad at Commonwealth partner countries.

Clark spent eight months recently at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the prestigious Imperial College, in London, UK.

As a part of his master’s thesis, Clark looks at modelling the future of clean energy within Saskatchewan. He will present his research at the 27th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering in Barcelona, Spain in October 2017.

“Through my work in collaboration with Imperial College, I have had the opportunity to share and develop my research in clean energy with leading global experts, allowing for criticism and growth toward higher quality research,” says Clark who studied under the supervision of Dr. Dena McMartin.

Clark is now employed at Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Environment.

In addition to his studies, Clark has remained active in the community. He’s actively volunteered his time to various organizations including Run to End Poverty, The World Partnership Walk and Engineers Without Borders, whose agencies strive to empower communities in the third world.

On campus, Clark contributed to the Regina Engineering Student Society and the Engineering Graduate Student Association.

For now, Clark is looking forward to sharing his QEII experiences with the Right Honourable David Johnston, whose term as Governor-General ends in early October 2017.

“Travelling and conducting my research abroad was the best decision I have made academically and personally,” says Clark. “Looking forward, I plan to encourage and mentor others to do the same.”

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