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Announcing the 2021 Distinguished Research Award recipient

May 31, 2021 | Campus Life, Science
Congratulations to MacEwan University's 2021 Distinguished Research Award recipient — Dr. Samuel Mugo, associate professor in chemistry in the Department of Physical Sciences.

Each year, the Dr. Sherrill Brown Distinguished Research Award recognizes one faculty member who conducts exceptional scholarly work that has demonstrated significant contributions to society and the scholarly community — locally, nationally or internationally.

“Dr. Mugo has long been acknowledged as a researcher whose ambitious scholarly program has had a broad impact far beyond the lab,” says Dr. Craig Monk, MacEwan University’s provost & vice-president, Academic. “His career at MacEwan demonstrates both the importance of engaging our students in research and the quality of scholarship faculty members can achieve at an undergraduate university.”

About this year’s recipient

Dr. Samuel Mugo graduated with a PhD in analytical chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, he held a two-year postdoctoral position at Queen's University where he worked on portable sensors for clinical diagnosis.

Since joining MacEwan's Department of Physical Sciences in 2008, Dr. Mugo successfully developed an NSERC-funded, innovative, interdisciplinary research program that engages MacEwan undergraduate students. Many of Dr. Mugo's students and alumni are fully engaged as active knowledge co-creators.

Dr. Mugo believes the innovative technologies his group develops are more impactful if they find utility in solving societal issues. To this end, he is passionate about bridging the gaps in knowledge translation and engages industries and communities both nationally and internationally.

His research focuses on developing "smart" polymer nanomaterials that are integrated in small handheld devices for chemical sensing. His lab's mobile chemical sensors integrate data analytics apps and are tailored for use by the public in precision agriculture, food and water quality assessment, environmental monitoring, and non-invasive wearables for health and wellness monitoring.

Dr. Mugo was also recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Award recipient in 2020 and as one of MacEwan's first Board of Governors Research Chairs. He will be promoted to Professor, effective July 1, 2021.

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