Our group is comprised of a number of industry and academic experts in the area of fluidized and fixed bed systems. The group thrives on being a leader in innovation and problem solving. Our members have carried out numerous research projects, developed novel technologies, solved existing industrial challenges, and optimized existing systems. The group continues to research and develop emerging technologies that will shape the future of industries applying fluidized and fixed bed systems.

Key Senior Members

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Andrés Mahecha-Botero

Ph.D, P. Eng


Dr. Mahecha-Botero is a Professional Engineer registered in BC, Canada.  He has worked on numerous engineering and applied research projects involving advanced modelling of chemical processes, conceptual design and implementation of experimental programs, design of new chemical processes, as well as the exploration of innovative ideas...

Tony Boyd

Ph.D, P. Eng


Dr. Tony Boyd is a Professional Engineer registered in BC, Canada, P.Eng., serves as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of NORAM Engineering and Constructors Ltd. but remains technically active in the area of technology development...

Greg Bellamy

P. Eng, PE


Greg Bellamy, a Professional Engineer in several North American jurisdictions, is NORAM Engineering and Constructors Ltd.’s Chief Mechanical Engineer and a member of the ITC group.  Greg has previously held both mechanical and project engineering roles on many domestic and international projects...

Clive Brereton



Dr. Clive M. H. Brereton joined NORAM Engineering and Constructors Ltd. in 1996 after seven years of prolific teaching career at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia. He is a senior chemical engineer for NORAM Engineering and Constructors Ltd...

Associated Members

Dr. John R. Grace



Dr. John R. Grace is professor emeritus at Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia. He completed undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University... 

Dr. Naoko Ellis

Ph.D, P.Eng


Naoko Ellis joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC) as a Faculty in 2003. She holds a Ph.D. (UBC, 2003); M.E.Sc. (Western, 1993); and a B.Sc. (Honours, Waterloo, 1991), and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC...

Dr. Xiaotao Bi

Ph.D, P.Eng


Dr. Xiaotao Bi received BASc (1980-1985) and MASc (1985-1988) degrees from Tsinghua University, and a PhD (1991-1994) degree from the University of British Columbia. He is currently a professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department and a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering...

Dr. Leili Tafaghodi



With the support of some industry partners, Leili Tafaghodi has joined Materials Engineering Department in 2016 as an assistant professor and the extractive metallurgy industry chair at UBC. She received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto...

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