research and innovations have resulted in great advancements in combustion
and energy utilization, resulting in the clean and efficient use of
fuels in internal combustion engines. For over forty years, he has
done extensive study in the mixing of fuels to enhance effectiveness
and minimize emissions. With meticulous application of scientific
principles, he has done pioneering work on emissions and knock reduction.
He has also made significant contributions to combustion science and
technology, particularly in relation to the reduction of fire and
explosion hazards. His research has been in conjunction with both
government and industry agencies and has helped enable Alberta companies
to compete internationally.
Dr. Karim has taught for
over 30 years, as a professor in the Department of Mechanical and
Manufacturing Engineering, at the University of Calgary. He has
developed courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels involving
thermodynamics, energy conservation, combustion and fuels. He has
supervised numerous graduate students; more than 30 of whom have
received doctorate degrees. Many of these graduates have remained
in Canada and have transferred significant amounts of advanced technology
to the oil and gas sector. He has also acted as an advisor to many
Canadian and international universities.
to his profession, he has authored more than 500 technical papers
and has served as a consultant with organizations such as Chevron
Canada, Nova Corporation, Imperial Oil, and Bethlehem Steel.
He is active in a number
of engineering societies, including the Society of Automotive Engineers
(SAE), the Combustion Institute, American Society of Mechanical
Engineers and the World Hydrogen Association. He has also served
on APEGGA's Professional Examination Requirements Committee.
Dr. Karim was one of the
few Canadians ever to be elected to the rank of Fellow of the Society
of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and he has also received the SAE's
outstanding Faculty Advisor award for his work with undergraduates
and student chapters. He was also the only Canadian invited by the
U.S. government to serve on a congressional committee on alternative
In 1956, he received his
bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University
of Durham. He then obtained master and doctorate degrees at Imperial
College, London, England, in 1960. Relatively early in his career,
in recognition ofhis outstanding research, Dr. Karim was awarded
a Doctor of Science from the Imperial College of Science and Technology
for his contributions to combustion engineering in 1972. More recently,
he was chosen to be the Millennium Honda Lecturer of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Karim is an exemplary
individual, personally and scientifically, whose enthusiasm for
and dedication to science has continued unabated and has been shared
with many of the best students in Canada. In doing so, he has made
an invaluable contribution to the intellectual richness of this
THIS AWARD IS NAMED FOR…
Frank Spragins, a past president of APEGGA (1975-76). He was a driving
force behind the Syncrude heavy oil sands project which is recognized
as the largest industrial project ever to be undertaken in Canada.
His personal qualities of vigour, imagination, courage, and endurance,
as well as his negotiating skills, were critical to its success.
2001 S.M. Farouq Ali, P.Eng.,
2000 G. Lachapelle, P.Eng., PhD
1999 L.A. Behie, P.Eng., PhD
1998 P. R. Bishnoi, P.Eng., PhD
1997 J. K. Gibson, P.Eng.
1996 W. G. Ayrton, P.Geol., PhD
1995 E. W. Brooker, P.Eng., PhD
1994 M. A. Ward, P.Eng., PhD
1993 A. W. Hyndman, P.Eng.
1992 I. Adamache, P.Eng., PhD
1991 M. A. Clegg, P.Eng., PhD, R. K. Kerr, P.Eng., PhD
1990 F. G. Bercha, P.Eng., PhD, N. A. Cleland, P.Eng.
1989 H. R. Kivisvild, P.Eng.
1988 R. S. Bullen, P.Eng., R. A. Meneley, P.Eng.
1987 G. G. L. Henderson, P.Geol., PhD, F. W. Hewes, P.Eng.
1986 M. C. Harris, P.Eng.
1985 D. K. Seaman, P.Eng.
1984 C. R. Evans, P.Eng., PhD
1983 S. R. Blair, P.Eng., R. G. McCrossan, P.Geol., PhD
1982 A. D. Baillie, P.Eng., PhD, D. R. Stanley, P.Eng., J. I. Strong,
1981 B. A. Ellis, P.Eng., R. Stollery, P.Eng.
1980 T. Lamb, P.Eng., C. R. Neill, P.Eng.