The Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence
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.
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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:
Excellence in Nanofabrication Award
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
Université de Sherbrooke
Supervisor: Julien Sylvestre
Integrating processing and sensing in MEMS for biomechanical analysis
Industrial Collaboration Award
University of Alberta
Supervisor: Rashid Mirzavand
A Miniaturized Portable Over-the-Air Measurement System for Characterization of 5G Integrated Communication Systems
Sponsored by: COMSOL
Micro-Nanosystems Design Award
University of Toronto
Supervisor: Roman Genov
Energy-efficient Coded-Exposure-Pixel (CEP) Cameras for Accurate Computational Imaging without Motion Artifacts
Sponsored by: GLOBALFOUNDRIES