The Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

Colton Medal

CMC Microsystems recognizes excellence in Canadian micro-nano research by Canada’s National Design Network through its annual Douglas R. Colton award. Established in honour of the founding president of CMC Microsystems, this award includes a medal and a monetary prize of $4,500.

Faculty, students or alumni who have successfully completed a Master’s or PhD degree in a Canadian university within the previous three calendar years are eligible for this award.

View the Nomination Guidelines  

2020 Winner


Dr. Kyle Briggs (University of Ottawa)

Dr. Kyle Briggs of the University of Ottawa has been awarded the 2020 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence. Dr. Briggs co-invented the controlled breakdown method of fabricating solid-state nanopores. These tiny holes are approximately the same size as DNA or typical protein molecules, and allow scientists to study single biomolecules, one at a time. This innovation allows nanopores to be fabricated for a fraction of the cost of any method that preceded it and allows for integration into previously impossible devices, opening up new potential applications that were believed to be inaccessible.


TEXPO Student Competition and Exposition

Established by CMC Microsystems, TEXPO offers graduate students in Canada’s National Design Network a unique opportunity to demonstrate their novel applications of micro-nano technologies to industry representatives and academic peers.

Students are invited to take part in TEXPO and compete for a total of $12,500 in awards in four categories:

2021 Winners

Excellence in Nanofabrication Award

Mahyar GhavamiMohammad Maadi

University of Alberta
Supervisor: Roger Zemp

Fabrication of Novel Realistic Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer (CMUT) Arrays for Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Applications

Sponsored by: Raith America, Inc.

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Laurent Chiasson-PoirierMathieu BergeronGuillaume Dion

Université de Sherbrooke 
Supervisor: Julien Sylvestre

Integrating processing and sensing in MEMS for biomechanical analysis 
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Industrial Collaboration Award

Mahdi Behdani
University of Alberta
Supervisor: Rashid Mirzavand

A Miniaturized Portable Over-the-Air Measurement System for Characterization of 5G Integrated Communication Systems

Sponsored by: COMSOL

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Micro-Nanosystems Design Award

Rahul Gulve

University of Toronto
Supervisor: Roman Genov

Energy-efficient Coded-Exposure-Pixel (CEP) Cameras for Accurate Computational Imaging without Motion Artifacts


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