The Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration

Awarded to the competitor who demonstrates the most effective multi-technology and/or multi-disciplinary microsystems project.

The award is open to graduate degree students who are at a Canadian University. 

An ideal project would contain elements of the following two areas:

  • A project integrating two or more distinctly different microsystems technologies* e.g. microelectronics and MEMS in either a monolithic or hybrid environment.
  • A microsystems project with two or more researchers from distinctly different research disciplines e.g. EE/ECE, Mechanical Engineering and Bio-chemistry

The research project itself is expected to be both novel and industrially relevant.

The competition is intended to identify and support researchers using microsystems technologies in collaborative, multi-disciplinary and/or multi-technology environments.

Submissions can be working projects, demonstration applications prototypes or description of new design methodologies which exemplify the concept of multi-technology and/or multi-disciplinary microsystems integration.

Competitors may also be eligible for other competitions being held as part of TEXPO:

Questions? Contact Sarah Neville, P: 613.530.4655, F: 613.548.8104, E: neville@cmc.ca

* Microsystems Technologies include: microelectronics, MEMS, microfluidics and optoelectronics.

2016 Winner:


Sahan Ranamukhaarachchi, University of British Columbia

(Supervisor Prof. Boris Stoeber)

Technology: Microneedle-Optofluidic Biosensor for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring in Sub-Nanoliter Volumes

Judges lauded Mr. Ranamukhaarachchi’s painless, minimally invasive alternative to traditional needles for its integration of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and photonics, and its commercialization potential. 

Left: Mr. Ranamukhaarachchi accepts his award from Ian McWalter, President & CEO, CMC Microsystems



Previous Award Winners

2015: 

Ghazal Nabovati was awarded the Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for her presentation Smart Petri-Dish: A Fully Integrated Cell Imagine Platform for Real-Time Assessment of Living Cells 


Ghazal Nabovati, Polytechnique Montréal (left) accepts her award from Dr. Brian L. Barge at Innovation 360.




2014:

Adnane Kara and Jessy Mathault were awarded the Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for their presentation Low Cost and High density Microelectrode Array on Polymer Substrate for Electrochemical Sensing and Particles Manipulation.


Adnane Kara, Université Laval (left), accepts the Brian L. Barge award at Symposium 2014. Watch the video.



2013

Nassim Nikkhoo was awarded the Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for her presentation in Rapid Detection of Bacteria Using Potassium-Sensitive FETs

  Award presented to Nassim Nikkhoo (left) of University of Toronto

2012

Nima Soltani and Hossein Kassiri were awarded the Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for their presentation Miniature Wireless Microsystem for in-vivo Neural Recording.

  Award presented to Nima Soltani and Hossein Kassiri of University of Toronto by Ian L. McWalter, president and CEO of CMC Microsystems 

2011

Chao Fan, Ryerson University, was awarded The Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for his presentation Micromirror Laser Vector Scanning Head-Up-Display (HUD) for Automobiles.

Award presented to Chao Fan, Ryerson University, by Dr. Brian L. Barge.

Award presented to Chao Fan, Ryerson University, by Dr. Brian L. Barge.

 

 

 

 

 

2010

Nahid Vahabisani, University of Alberta for her presentation: Developing New Category of Monolithic 3D MEMS Devices for Millimeterwave Communication.

Award presented to Dr. Dileepan Joseph, University of Alberta, who accepted the award on behalf of Nahid by Dr. Brian L. Barge.
Dr. Dileepan Joseph accepts Brian L. Barge Award on behalf of Nahid Vahabisani

2009

Leyla Soleymani and Hooman Zamani (University of Toronto) won the 2009 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for their research demonstration entitled Electronic Chip for Gene-Based Bacterial Screening.

Leyla Soleymani (left) and Hooman Zamani (right), University of Toronto accept the 2009 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration from Dr. Brian Barge (centre), The Evidence Network
Leyla Soleymani (left) and Hooman Zamani (right), University of Toronto accept the 2009 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration from Dr. Brian Barge (centre), The Evidence Network.

 

 

2008

Hamed Mazhab Jafari (University of Toronto) won the 2008 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for his research demonstration entitled CMOS-Microfluidic Thin-Film Biochemical Sensory Microsystem.

Hamed Mazhab Jafari (left), University of Toronto accepts the 2008 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration from Jim Roche (right), Board of Directors, CMC Microsystems on behalf of Dr. Brian L. Barge. Hamed Mazhab Jafari (left), University of Toronto accepts the 2008 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration from Jim Roche (right), Board of Directors, CMC Microsystems on behalf of Dr. Brian L. Barge.

 

2007

Nigel Munce (University of Toronto) won the 2007 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for his presentation entitled MicroDevices for Minimally Invasive Medical Interventions.

Nigel Munce (right), University of Toronto accepts the 2007 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration from Chris Lumb (left), Micralyne on behalf of Dr. Brian L. Barge.
Nigel Munce (right), University of Toronto accepts the 2007 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration from Chris Lumb (left), Micralyne on behalf of Dr. Brian L. Barge.

Runner-up:

Ruchi Gupta (McMaster University) received the runner-up recognition for the 2007 Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration for her project entitled Laminar Microfluidics Logic Devices for an Integrated On-Chip Microfluidic Processor.

2006

Dr. Réjean Fontaine (Université de Sherbrooke) won the2006 CMC Microsystems Integration Award forhis presentation entitled Design of an Avalanche Photodiode based Positron Emission Tomography Scanner Dedicated to Small Animals.

Dr. Réjean Fontaine (left), Université de Sherbrooke, accepts the 2006 Integration Award from Brian Barge (right), past President and CEO, CMC Microsystems.  Dr. Réjean Fontaine (left), Université de Sherbrooke, accepts the 2006 Integration Award from Brian Barge (right), past President and CEO, CMC Microsystems.

2005

Lee Hartley (University of Calgary) won the 2005 CMC Microsystems Integration Award for his presentation and demo entitled A Real Time Digital Cytometer System Combining 0.8um High Voltage CMOS Actuation, 0.18um CMOS Active Pixel Sensing & Glass Microfluidics via Flip-Chip-on-Glass Hybrid Integration.

Lee Hartley (right), University of Calgary, accepts the 2005 CMC Microsystems Integration Award from by Dr. Brian Barge (left), President and CEO of CMC. Lee Hartley (right), University of Calgary, accepts the 2005 CMC Microsystems Integration Award from by Dr. Brian Barge (left), President and CEO of CMC.