Distinguished MSE alumnus recognized for mid-career achievements

Dr. Gino Palumbo receives the U of T Engineering Alumni Association 2T5 Mid-Career Award


Picture, clockwise from back left: Professor Ron Venter, Awards Committee Chair; Dean Cristina Amon; Doug Perovic, Chair of MSE; Dr. Gino Palumbo; Claire Kennedy, VP of EAA.

December 17, 2008

This fall, alumnus Dr. Gino Palumbo (MMS 8T3, MASc 8T5, PhD 8T9), was awarded with the 2T5 Mid-Career Award on his 25th anniversary of graduation from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

Gino’s company, Integran Technologies Inc., creates and markets nanotechnology applications used in the transformation of metals. Already a rising star in the international scientific community in 1989, he graduated with his doctoral degree and joined Ontario Hydro in a new applied research job. There, he and Uwe Erb (now a Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering) developed a nanotechnology technique for more economical repair of nuclear reactors, now widely used to preserve generators in nuclear power plants.

Gino and his team also developed a technique for extending the life of lead acid car batteries, which was spun off by “Hydro” in 1999. This R&D continues to flourish through Integran, driven by Gino’s ability to focus on practical applications and provide new directions for a creative scientific enterprise.

“We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions of this distinguished group of alumni who received 2008 Engineering Alumni Association awards,” said Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

EAA Awards are presented to notable Engineering alumni by the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) in recognition of outstanding achievement and contributions to society. Dr. Palumbo was 1 of 12 alumni award recipients that evening.