Katherine Lochhead is a 2021 Canada Student Merit Award winner. She achieved this award for obtaining the highest standing of her class in the fourth and final year of her degree. Here is a brief biography of the winner.
Katherine Lochhead began her Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering (Co-op) degree at the University of Ottawa in 2016. She was awarded the Yves and Cynthia Bled Future Achievers Scholarship for Women in Engineering in 2018 and the Maryse E. Guenette Memorial Scholarship in 2020 for her academic achievements.
While attending the University of Ottawa, Katherine developed a particular interest for materials science, thin film deposition, micro/nano-electronics and green energy. In 2018, she was granted an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) for research in organic electronics under the supervision of Dr. Benoit Lessard. That same year, she also participated in an international exchange and studied abroad at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for four months.
In her final year, Katherine completed an Honours Thesis related to organic thin film transistors under the supervision of Dr. Benoit Lessard and, through her Capstone Project, was involved in the first stages of the design of an on-campus microbrewery for the University of Ottawa, that has since commenced brewing operations.
In 2020, Katherine graduated with Sum Cum Laude distinctions from her Bachelor's degree. Since then, she has begun working as a Technical Officer for the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Thin Films and Specialty Coatings Laboratory in London, ON. Simultaneously, she has started a Master of Engineering Science degree in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Eric Johlin for research in perovskite photovoltaics.