Josephine Hill is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. Her group focuses on sustainable catalyst development for various thermochemical conversion technologies as well as the conversion of solid waste materials, such as petroleum coke and biomass, into catalyst supports and activated carbon. She is currently doing techno-economic analyses of waste to hydrogen processes to inform the direction of her experimental research program.
As an active member of her professional communities, Josephine is the President of the Canadian Catalysis Foundation, the Vice-chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and an Editor of Applied Catalysis A: General. Her research and mentoring excellence have been recognized with many awards including the APEGA Research Excellence Summit Award, a Killam Annual Professorship, Engineers Canada Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession, a Canada Research Chair, and the Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award. She is a Fellow of The Engineering Institute of Canada, Chemical Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Engineers Canada.
Josephine received her formal education in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo (BASc in 1991, and MASc in 1992) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD in 1999). She worked for two years at Surface Science Western at the University of Western Ontario between her graduate degrees.