Ellsworth Bell

Work Experience

Graduate Researcher — Jan 2019 to Present
Department of Chemical Engineering — University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

I joined Prof. Jeff Gostick’s PMEAL research group in 2019. My research is in developing and characterizing gas diffusion electrodes for zinc – air batteries, a technology with promise as a renewable energy storage solution. We have an industrial partner partially supporting the project and are collaborating with several research groups at the University of Calgary.

VP – Health and Safety Dec 2019 to Present
UW Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (CEGSA)

As VP of Health and Safety I work with the department in conducting lab inspections and serve as a contact for graduate students with safety concerns. Being part of CEGSA’s executive team, I help plan and manage departmental events ranging from social coffee hours to professional workshops .

Teaching Assistant: CHE101L, CHE120/NE111, CHE181 — May 2019 – Present
Department of Chemical Engineering — University of Waterloo

I enjoy TAing undergraduate courses, particularly hands-on lab and design project courses. Responsibilities typically include assisting professors in preparing and designing the course, running lab sections, and providing feedback to students.

Senior Field Engineer: Reservoir Evaluation — Aug 2014 to Jun 2018
Radiation Safety Officer — Jun 2016 – Jun 2018
Schlumberger — Wireline Evaluation Services, Tyler, TX, USA

My responsibilities as a Senior Field Engineer included data acquisition, technical service preparation/delivery, and on-location consulting for non-standard operations (fishing, unconventional conveyance, etc). Additionally, I interfaced with clients and other Schlumberger segments, trained and mentored junior field engineers, and fostered a safe work environment both at our base and at wellsites.

As Radiation Safety Officer I ensured regulatory compliance according to the NRC and the Texas Department of State Health Services, trained employees on safe practices to minimize exposure, and managed radiation records to maintain government compliance.

Undergraduate Researcher, SURE Award Recipient — May to Sept. 2013
Department of Chemical Engineering — McGill University, Montreal QC

My project, guided by Prof. Milan Maric, involved modifying the surface of nanocrystaline cellulose with styrene polymers to impart specific chemical and mechanical properties via controllable nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP) pathways. I turned over the findings of my research to supplement graduate projects.

Undergraduate Researcher — May to Sept. 2012
Department of Chemical Engineering — University of Maine, Orono ME, USA

I earned a research grant from the NSF and worked at the University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, determining the feasibility of an oxidative pretreatment of raw materials the production of pyrolysis oil from woody biomass.

Laboratory Technician — May to Sept. 2011, Dec. 2011 to Jan. 2012
Department of Food Science/Human Nutrition — University of Maine, Orono ME

In an analytical lab, headed by Prof. L. Brian Perkins, I mastered and carried out various assays for university projects, government contracts, and private industry.


M.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering 2019 to Present
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, CA

B.Eng. Chemical Engineering 2010 to 2014
McGill University, Montreal, QC, CA

F.E. Exam, Chemical Engineering — Pass 2014


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