Awards

2022 Colton Award Winner

Dr. Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte – Université Laval has been awarded the 2022 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence. For his Master’s degree and PhD, Gagnon-Turcotte focused on the development of intelligent optogenetic microsystems applied to the study of brain diseases. This innovation has made it possible to investigate several hypotheses concerning the development of diseases […]

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Atomic physics PhD student Taleana Huff, on January 24, 2017.

2021 Colton Award Winner

Dr. Taleana Huff – University of Alberta Dr. Taleana Huff was awarded the 2021 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence. For her Master’s degree and her PhD, Huff focused on “Atomic White-Out,” an error correction method for fabricating and patterning quantum dots. The technique gave Huff and the team the ability to successfully build

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2020 Colton Award Winner

Dr. Kyle Briggs – University of Ottawa 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

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Award for Excellence in Microsystems Fabrication

Overview The Excellence in Microsystems Fabrication award recognizes outstanding research involving hands-on work at one or more fabrication laboratories in a post-secondary institution in Canada or devices fabricated using commercial foundry services through CMC. The successful competitor will have demonstrated high– quality work in use of techniques for micro-nano fabrication, including layout design, testing, packaging,

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Award for Microsystems Innovation by Women

Overview This award recognizes research conducted by women that is relevant to and advances the field of microsystems research in Canada. It has produced substantive results that are publishable, has commercial potential, or has been supported by an industrial collaborator. Interdisciplinary work or novel work carried out in university-based labs or cleanrooms are also eligible. 

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Award for Excellence in Microsystems CAD Tools and Design Methodology

Overview This award recognizes novel use or development of Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools or design methods leading to the improved manufacture and application of sophisticated microsystem prototypes relevant to Canadian industry, ideally evidenced by an industrial collaborator. The award will be made to the competitor who demonstrates a novel design technology advancement with the most

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Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration

Overview This award recognizes exemplary research using micro-nanosystems technologies in collaborative, multi-disciplinary and/or multi-technology environments. The research project is expected to be both novel and relevant to industry in Canada, ideally evidenced by an industrial collaborator. The award will be made to the competitor who demonstrates the most effective research project with a focus on

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