Terri-Jane Yuzda

Dr. Bruce Milne, P.Eng.

After a lengthy struggle with cancer, respected University of Calgary researcher and professor Dr. Bruce Milne, P.Eng., died on Dec. 24, last year. Remembered by colleagues, students and friends as a quiet, unassuming and thoughtful man, Dr. Milne, 41, was known for pouring his heart into teaching, research and life.

His engineering career spanned both the academic and industry realms. He completed both his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering (1984) and his PhD (1994) at the University of Calgary, before he began working in industry as a production engineer for Amoco Canada Petroleum Co. Ltd. from 1985-87.

He returned to academia when he began teaching at the University of Saskatchewan (1993-1997), then in 1997 he joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at U of C as an associate professor. In 2001, Dr. Milne decided to return to industry and took a leave from the U of C to pursue his ambitions in the petroleum industry, working with ATECH Applications Technology Limited.

Dr. Milne was a chemical engineer who knew a lot about petroleum engineering. As a chemical engineer, he conducted research in chemical reaction engineering, with specialization in fluidized bed reactors, biochemical reactors and the application of reactors or techniques in environmental engineering. His petroleum research interests ranged from reservoir to production and completions.

It was teaching, however, that was Dr. Milne's first love. Dr. Milne taught both at the U of S and the U of C for a total of eight years. His passion for teaching was appreciated by his students in both Saskatoon and Calgary, and in 1998 he was presented the Chemical and Petroleum Teaching Excellence Award.

Away from work, Dr. Milne was an enthusiastic mountain, rock and ice climber, camper, fisherman, traveler and back-country skier. His travels have taken him to Australia, Japan, Mexico and Peru.

Memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 29 St. N.W., Calgary, AB, T2N 4N2.

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