Dr. Jake Nease – Faculty of Engineering
Jake Nease

Dr. Jake Nease


Process simulation, life-cycle analyses, system optimization, process control, Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), carbon capture

Areas of Specialization

Research Clusters

  • Associate Chair (Undergraduate)

    Chemical Engineering

  • Assistant Professor

    Chemical Engineering


Jake Nease has been a member of the McMaster University community since 2006. As a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at McMaster, his research focused on the design, analysis, optimization and life-cycle assessments of bulk-scale solid-oxide fuel cell power plants with carbon capture.

Now, as a teaching-track faculty member with permanence and the undergraduate associate chair of the department, Jake directs his passion toward the development of the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum, both through program refinement and the development of new and existing courses. Jake teaches a variety of process-system themed courses in the department, such as numerical methods, process design, optimization, and high-level modeling.

Currently, Jake’s research interests lie in the fields of pedagogy, especially around accessible course delivery, assessments, project-based learning, and curriculum design. He is a MacPherson Leadership in Teaching and Learning Fellow and has won the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

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  • B.Eng.Mgmt, McMaster (2011)
  • Ph.D., McMaster (2016)
  • McMaster Engineering Society Faculty Appreciation Award. 2019-2021
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning. 2020
  • ASEE Summer School Poster Award and Invited Publication. 2017
  • Governor General’s Gold Medal of Academic Distinction. 2016
  • McMaster Engineering Society Outstanding TA Award. 2015
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. 2014-2016
  • R.B. Anderson Memorial Prize. 2014
  • McMaster Dean’s Excellence Award in Engineering. 2014
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship 2014
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 2011-2013


  • Abels K, Salvo-Halloran E, White D, Ali M, Agarwal N, Leung V, Ali M, Sidawi M, Capretta A, Brennan J, Nease J, Filipe C. Quantitative point-of-care colorimetric assay modelling using a handheld colorimeter. ACS Omega. 2021; 6 (34): 22439-22446.
  • Nease J, Leung V, Ebrahimi S, Levinson B, Puri IK, Filipe CDM. A Learner’s Journey Toward a Chemical Engineering Degree. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2021; 99 (10): 2149-2162.
  • Patel N, Nease J, Aumi S, Ewaschuk C, Luo J, Mhaskar P. Integrating Data Driven Modeling with First Principles Knowledge. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 2020; 59 (11): 5103-5113.
  • Morkus P, Zolfaghari M, Alizadeh SK, Nease J, Filipe CDM, Latulippe DR. A Rapid Assay to Assess Nitrification Inhibition Using a Panel of 2 Bacterial Strains and Partial Least Squares Modeling. Environmental Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b04453
  • Nease J, Adams, TA II. BLACKOUT: Teaching Students about the Power Grid through Experiential Workshops and Video Gaming. Chemical Engineering Education. 2019; 53(3)
  • Nease J, Monteiro N, Adams TA II. Application of a two-level rolling horizon optimization scheme to a solid-oxide fuel cell and compressed air energy storage plant for the optimal supply of zero-emissions peaking power. Computers & Chemical Engineering. 2016; 94: 235-249
  • Nease J, Adams TA II. Comparative life cycle analyses of bulk-scale coal-fueled solid oxide fuel cell power plants. Applied Energy. 2015; 150: 161-175

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