Syncrude recognized for science and technology contributions

GLOBE-Net, August 6, 2014 – Syncrude Research and Development has been named one of 24 finalists for the 2014 ASTech Awards by the Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Leadership Foundation. The awards recognize innovation and all finalists represent a group of leaders who are paving the way for future innovation in science and technology in Alberta.

“I am amazed at the diversity of work that we at ASTech are able to recognize this year,” says Sue McMaster, ASTech Foundation Executive Director. “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the accomplishments of the 25th anniversary finalists. There are truly amazing things happening in Alberta.”

The ASTech Foundation is a non-profit organization showcasing substantial achievements in science and technology in the province, while striving to inspire future innovation and leadership. Since 1989, the organization has recognized over 500 individuals, organizations and teams that have contributed significantly to the success of science and technology in Alberta.

As noted in the ASTech Foundation’s website, Syncrude Canada was incorporated in 1964. At that time its only operating department was the Research & Development team consisting of a small group of geologists, engineers, planners and inventors who worked out of a former oxygen plant that was transformed into a research laboratory. Their main concern was perfecting the hot water separation method of bitumen extraction from the oil sands.

50 years ago, solutions to unlocking the mysteries of the oil sands had to be invented, tested and implemented because they simply didn’t exist. Today, much of the oil sands technology in use was either developed or inspired by the Syncrude R&D team.

Selected by a panel of judges, the finalists will be recognized for their contributions and the winners announced at the 25th Anniversary ASTech Awards Gala on October 24, 2014.

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