2012 summit award® recipients

The Women in Engineering and
Geoscience Champion Award


Awarded to Members of APEGA in recognition of exceptional achievement as a champion of women in engineering and geoscience – this is a new award.

Dr. Josephine Hill, P.Eng.

Dr. Josephine Hill, P.Eng., has had a positive influence on women in engineering through her work as a volunteer, mentor, educator and researcher. She is a professor and the Zandmer/Canada Research Chair in Hydrogen and Catalysis at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervises undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in her research group.

Since joining the University of Calgary, Dr. Hill has been involved with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a student organization that is dedicated to supporting and encouraging women interested or engaged in pursuing careers in engineering or science. Some of Dr. Hill’s female graduate students chose specifically to work with her because they wanted a role model from whom they could learn more than just the technical aspects of the work. Her students appreciate that she shares her personal life in class and that she has maintained a healthy work-life balance.

Dr. Hill also volunteered with the Schulich’s Gender and Diversity in Engineering Committee (GDEC) from 2002 to 2007. GDEC’s goal is to create an inclusive and supportive environment to help increase the number of women graduates at the Schulich, and Dr. Hill was a key player in creating awareness of the challenges that women face in engineering.

As a mentor, Dr. Hill encourages students to pursue the field of their choice, but she warns them that there are obstacles they will need to overcome. She believes that encouraging more women to pursue careers in engineering will not only benefit those women already in the profession but will improve and add diversity to the various engineering disciplines. Mentoring programs Dr. Hill volunteers with include Operation Minerva, Cybermentor and the High School Enrichment Program.

Dr. Hill served on the Board of Examiners for several years. She is currently on the editorial board of Applied Catalysis A: General, and is a regular reviewer for multiple granting agencies and journals.

Outside of her profession, Dr. Hill is an active volunteer in her community participating in events such as the Calgary Youth Science Fair, volunteering at her children’s school and coaching her children’s soccer teams.

Honours, Awards and Distinctions

  • Syncrude Canada Innovation Award (2009)

  • Minerva Mentoring Award, Alberta Women’s Science Network (2008)

  • Mentor of the Millennium Award, Alberta Women’s Science Network (2004; 2007)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Faculty Lead, Cybermentor (2011)

  • Canadian Society for Chemical Engineers

    • Director, Subject Divisions (2011-present)

    • Member (1991-present)

  • Chair, Grants Committee, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (2010)

  • Chair, Canadian Symposium for Catalysis (2010)

  • Newsletter editor, Canadian Catalysis Society (2006-present)

  • Member, Petroleum Society (2003-present)

  • GDEC

    • Chair (2004-2007)

    • Member (2002-2003)

  • Member, WISE – University of Calgary (2000-present)

  • Member, APEGA (2000-present)

  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1996-present)

  • Member, American Chemical Society (1996-present)

  • Member, Professional Engineers of Ontario (1993-2000)