The Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

Colton Medal

CMC Microsystems recognizes excellence in Canadian micro-nano research 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.

2024 Deadline: Friday, September 20

View the Nomination Guidelines  

2023 Winner

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Dr. Thomas Jones (Jones Microwave)

Dr. Thomas Jones has been awarded the 2023 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence.

Dr. Thomas Jones, founder, director, and CEO of Jones Microwave Inc., Senior Research Associate at Purdue University, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, has been awarded the 2023 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence – CMC’s most prestigious award which recognizes excellence in research leading to new understanding, novel developments and/or applications in microsystems and nanotechnology in Canada. 

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:

TEXPO 2023 Winners

Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence
in Microsystems Integration

Sponsor: CMC Microsystems
Winner: Emerich Kovacs ​
Supervisor: Douglas Thomson
Organization: University of Manitoba
Title: Lensless Optical Dielectrophoresis Cytometer for Single Cell Analysis​​

Award for Excellence in Microsystems
CAD Tool & Design Methodology

Sponsor: COMSOL
Winner: Vishal Balasurbramanian​
Supervisor: Mohammad H. Zarif
Organization: University of British Columbia
Title: IoT-Ready Microwave-based Smart Coatings for Real-Time Coating Damage Detection​​

Award for Excellence in
Microsystems Fabrication

Sponsor: Teledyne MEMS
Ali Maghzian
Supervisor: Pouya Rezai
York University
Title: Fabrication Of Biomimetic and Flat Collagen Scaffolds Containing Embedded Microchannels Inside 3D Extracellular Matrices With 2D Basement Membrane Linings​​

Award for Microsystems
Innovation by Women

Sponsor: GlobalFoundries
Alisa Ugodnikov
Supervisor: Craig Simmons
Organization: University of Toronto
Title: Development and validation of platforms with integrated electrical sensing for application to in vitro biological barrier modeling​

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