The 2017 winner of the Award in Design and Industrial Practice is:
David Beckman, P.Eng, is President and CEO of Zeton Inc., a company that specializes in the design and fabrication of pilot, demonstration and modular production plants for process development applications for customers worldwide. Beckman was one of the founders of the company and has been involved with all aspects of the company’s growth from a small start-up business to the world leader in its specialty niche. He has been involved in process development and scale up applications for over thirty years, including pilot and demonstration plants for bioenergy applications, many new and alternative energy and petroleum processes and new chemical processes. Beckman obtained Bachelors and Masters of Applied Science degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto. He was chair of SCI Canada for many years until 2016. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the University of Toronto, Department of Chemical Engineering.
Zeton Inc. specializes in the design and fabrication of laboratory units, pilot and demonstration plants, and small scale modular production plants. We assists our customers with process technology scale-up by de-risking each step to commercialization to ensure that at each stage from laboratory units, through pilot, demonstration and to first production plants the process meets its development objectives. We do this by focusing a substantial effort at the early stage process development and by providing scale appropriate design solutions to the process challenges that are always encountered with scale up.