Professor Simon A. M. Hesp | Ing., Ph.D., P.Eng.


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  • P.Eng., Province of Ontario, 1993-Present
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Toronto, 1991
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Toronto, 1987
  • Ing., Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Amsterdam, 1985

Honours and Awards

  • Elaine Thompson Award, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, 2015
  • Mairepav7 Best Paper Award, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012
  • Editors Award, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, 2004
  • W.J. Emmons Award, Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, 1996
  • Editors Award, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, 1996
  • James C. Cumming Fellowship, Trinity College, 1991-1992 (declined)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1992 (declined)
  • Provost Seeley Fellowship, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1990-1991
  • Post Graduate Scholarships A & B, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council, 1989-1990
  • Junior Fellowship, Massey College, University of Toronto, 1985-1986
  • Open Fellowship, University of Toronto, 1986

Employment History

  • Professor, Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 2011-Present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 1998-2011
  • Visiting Scientist (Sabbatical), Shell Research and Technology Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1997-1998
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 1992-1998
  • Visiting Scientist, Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan, 1987-1988
  • Trainee, Philips ELCOMA Division, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1985


I was born in Amsterdam and brought up in Naarden, which is a historical town near the center of Holland. After studying Chemical Engineering in Amsterdam, I moved to Canada to study Chemistry at the University of Toronto. My M.Sc. in polymer photochemistry allowed me to continue in the field with a one year visiting research scientist position at the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan. Upon my return from Tokyo I embarked on a Ph.D. program to develop novel stabilization methods for polymer-modified asphalt cements. Since 1992 I have been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, with a broad research program on various aspects of asphalt materials science and engineering.

During my nearly 20 years at Queen’s, I have taught Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Introductory Thermodynamics, Acid-Base Chemistry and Electrochemistry, and Polymer Science and Engineering. I have also been in charge of the fourth year thesis project courses that provide the capstone research experience for our undergraduates in Chemistry and Engineering Chemistry.

In addition to formal classroom instruction, I have been privileged to employ nearly 100 of the brightest undergraduate and graduate students in my research. These have given me numerous interactions during which I was able to exchange knowledge on materials science and engineering. Students that have worked for me have been given the opportunity to present their research results at conferences around the world.

My research has been generously funded with over ~ $10 million of financial and in-kind contributions from various private and government sources. Our laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for the characterization of asphalt cements and mixtures.