Awards

Past TEXPO winners

2021

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Laurent Chiasson-Poirier
Mathieu Bergeron
Guillaume Dion
Université de Sherbrooke 
Supervisor: Julien Sylvestre

Integrating processing and sensing in MEMS for biomechanical analysis 

Sponsored by: CMC Microsystems

Excellence in Nanofabrication Award

Mahyar Ghavami
Mohammad 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.

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

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

Sponsored by: GLOBALFOUNDRIES

2019

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Tejinder Singh
University of Waterloo
Supervisor: Rafaat Mansour

Miniaturized mmWave Chalcogenide PCM GeTe-Based Switch Matrices for Wireless and Satellite Communication Systems

Presented by: Brian L. Barge
Sponsored by: CMC Microsystems

Micro-Nanosystems Design Award

Soroush Rasti Boroujeni
University of Waterloo
Supervisor: Safieddin Safavi-Naeini

A Highly Efficient Bi-CMOS Ka-Band Transmit MMIC for Emerging Millimeter-Wave Communication Systems Phased-Arrays

Presented by: Gord Harling
Sponsored by: Teledyne DALSA

2019 Texpo Winner
2019 TEXPO winner

2018

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

M. Reza Pazhouhandeh
University of Toronto
Supervisor: Roman Genov

BRAIN: Bidirectional Rail-to-Rail Artifact-Insensitive Neural-interface

Presented by: Brian L. Barge
Sponsored by: CMC Microsystems

Excellence in Nanofabrication Award

Carlos Gerardo
University of British Columbia, Supervisor: Edmond Cretu

PolyCMUTs: Plastics Transducers for Ultrasound Imaging

Presented by: Rainer Schmid
Sponsored by: Raith America, Inc.

Industrial Collaboration Award

Zhongpan Wu
Karim Hammad
York University
Supervisor: Sebastian Magierowski

Hardware-Accelerated DNA Sequencing

Presented by: Ray Filteau
Sponsored by: Teledyne DALSA 

Micro-Nanosystems Design Award

Nahla Abouelkheir
University of Ottawa
Supervisors: Ralph Mason, Carleton University and Mustapha C.E. Yagoub, University of Ottawa

A 65nm Compact High-Performance Fully Synthesizable Clock Multiplier Based on an Injection Ring Oscillator

Presented by: Peter Chun
Sponsored by: Huawei Technologies Canada

2018-Pazhouhandeh-BLB
2018-Gerardo-Nanofab
2018-WuHammad-Industrial
2018-Abouelkheir-Micro-Nano

Honourable mention: Hossam Shoman (University of British Columbia, supervisor Lukas Chrostowski), for “High Quantum Efficiency Photo Conductive Heaters Enable Control of Large Scale Silicon Photonic Ring Resonators Circuits”

Honourable mention: Ehsan Espid (University of British Columbia, supervisor Fariborz Taghipour) for “Design, Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of Photo-activated Micro Gas Sensors based on Semiconducting Nanostructures”

Honourable mention: Richard Cheng & Jean-Michel Gariepy (University of Toronto, supervisor Axel Guenther) for “Microfluidic Device Enabled Handheld Bioprinter”

2017

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte
Université Laval
Supervisor:  Benoit Gosselin

High Resolution CMOS Neural Interface for Synchronized Electrophysiology and Optogenetics

Presented by: Brian L. Barge
Sponsored by: CMC Microsystems

 

Excellence in Nanofabrication Award

Thomas Jones
University of Alberta
Supervisor: Mojgan Daneshmand

Development of Monolithic Miniaturized Ridged Half-mode Waveguides for the Next Generation of Millimeter-wave Communication Systems

Presented by: Rainer Schmid
Sponsored by: Raith America, Inc.

Industrial Collaboration Award

Suraj Sharma
École de Technologie Supérieure
Supervisor: Frederic Nabki

Rotating MEMS Platform For Optical Switching

Presented by: Guy Hamel
Sponsored by: Teledyne DALSA

Micro-Nanosystems Design Award

Siba Moussa
McGill University
Supervisor:  Janine Mauzeroll

A Micro-litre Temperature-Controlled Flow Cell for Small Scale Studies of CYP 3A4

Presented by: Cheryl Mendenhall
Sponsored by: Cadence

2017-Gagnon-Turcotte-BLB
2017-Jones-Nanofab
2017-Sharma-Industrial
2017-Moussa-Micro-Nano

Honourable mention: Mohammad Mahdi Honari and Rashid Mirzavand, University of Alberta, supervisor Pedram Mousavi, for “Smart Direct-conversion Wireless/RFID Sensor.”

Honourable mention: Mohammad Abdolrazzaghi, University of Alberta, supervisor Mojgan Daneshmand, for “Microwave Mixer-Sensor for Arbitrarily Shrinking Limit of Detection in Non-Invasive Sensors.”

2016

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Sahan Ranamukhaarachchi
University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Prof. Boris Stoeber

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

Presented by Ian McWalter, President & CEO, CMC Microsystems

Componentware/CAD Award

Yunzhe Li
University of Waterloo
Supervisors: Prof. Karim Karim & Prof. Peter Levine

Moonlight imaging with hybrid amorphous-selenium/CMOS photodetectors

Presented by Guy Hamel, Teledyne DALSA

Industrial Collaboration Award

Thang Hoang
Mohammed Sowailem
McGill University
Supervisor: Prof. Kambiz Moez

InP Modulators for Metro and Data Centre Optical Communications

Presented by Patrick Dumais, Huawei

Microsystems Design Award

Shichao Yue
University of Alberta
Supervisor: Prof. Walied Moussa

A Multi-axis Piezoresistive MEMS Sensor Array for Tactile Panel Applications

Presented by Ian Burgess, Mentor Graphics

2016-Ranamukhaarachchi-BLB
2016-Li-CAD
2016-Hoang-Sowailem-Industrial
2016-Yue-Microsys

2015

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Ghazal Nabovati
Polytechnique Montréal

Smart Petri-Dish: A Fully Integrated Cell Imagine Platform for Real-Time Assessment of Living Cells

Presented by Brian L. Barge

Componentware/CAD Award

Frédéric Nolet
Université de Sherbooke

Single Photon Avalanche Diodes and Quenching Circuit Integrated in TSMC CMOS 65nm for High Timing Precision

Presented by Maurice Delafosse, Teledyne DALSA

Industrial Collaboration Award

Mohammad Abdolrazzaghi
Dr. Mohammad Zarifi
University of Alberta

Non-Contact High Resolution Microwave Resonator Liquid Sensor

Presented by François Cordeau, NRC

Microsystems Design Award

Amin Rasouli
Simon Fraser University

Employing Piezojunction Effect for Ultra-low Power Resonant Microdevice Applications

Presented by Dominic Goodwill, Huawei

2015-Nabovati-BLB
2015-Nolet-CAD
2015-Zarifi-Industrial
2015-Rasouli-Microsys

2014

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Adnane Kara
Jessy Mathault
Université Laval

Low Cost and High density Microelectrode Array on Polymer Substrate for Electrochemical Sensing and Particles Manipulation

Presented by Brian L. Barge

Componentware/CAD Award

Alireza Parsafar
Abdallah El-Falou
University of Waterloo

Hybrid Amorphous-Selenium/CMOS Direct-Detection X-Ray Imager with 6-µm Pixel Pitch

Presented by Claude Jean, Teledyne DALSA Corporation

Industrial Collaboration Award

Zhanjun Bai
Carleton University

Low Phase Noise Clock Distribution Network using Rotary Traveling Wave Oscillators and Built-In Self-Test Phase Tuning Technique

Presented by Ken Wagner, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Faez Ba Tis
University of Toronto

A Large Force MEMS Electrostatic Microactuator for Adaptive Optics Application

Presented by Eric Bernier, Huawei

2014-Kara-BLB
2014-Falou-CAD
2014-Bai-Industrial
2014-Ba-Tis-Microsys

2013

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Nassim Nikkhoo
University of Toronto

Rapid Detection of Bacteria Using Potassium-Sensitive FETs

Presented by Brian L. Barge

Componentware/CAD Award

Vincent-Philippe Rheaume
Université de Sherbrooke

Integrated Circuit for Characterization of Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes in HV-CMOS, 0.8 µm

Presented by Brian Doody, Teledyne DALSA Corp.

Industrial Collaboration Award

Yin Fei Meng
Queen’s University

A Novel 60GHz Variable Inductor and Frequency Doubler Based VCO with 17.6% Tuning Range for IEEE 802.11ad Applications

Presented by Ken Wagner, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Tamer Mohamed
University of British Columbia

Microfluidics Based 3D Bioprinter

Presented by Mary Ann Maher, SoftMEMS

2013-Nikkhoo-BLB
2013-Rheaume-CAD
2013-Meng-Industrial
2013-Mohamed-Microsys

2012

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Nima Soltani
Hossein Kassiri
University of Toronto

Miniature Wireless Microsystem for in-vivo Neural Recording

Presented by Ian McWalter, President & CEO, CMC Microsystems

Componentware/CAD Award

Marc-André Tétrault
Université de Sherbrooke

Scripted 3D Physical Layout for Dual-Tier, Face to Face Vertical Integration

Presented by Gareth Ingram, Teledyne DALSA Corporation

Industrial Collaboration Award

Brendan Ferguson
University of Alberta

Gecko Inspired Dry Adhesion Applied to Pick and Place MEMS Manufacturing

Presented by Ken Wagner, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Arezu Bagheri
Salam Gabran
University of Toronto

One-cubic-inch Wireless Microsystems for Neural Recording and Stimulation in Rodent Brain

Presented by Busbee Hardy, MEMSCAP

2012-Soltani-Kassiri-BLB
2012-Tetrault-CAD
2012-Ferguson-Industrial
2012-Bagheri-Microsys

2011

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Chao Fan
Ryerson University

Micromirror Laser Vector Scanning Head-Up-Display HUD for Automobiles

Presented by Brian L. Barge

Componentware/CAD Award

Saeed Rezaei
University of Calgary

Broadband High-Efficiency Class-J MMIC Power Amplifier Design in 0.8um GaN Technology

Presented by Patrick Myles, Teledyne DALSA

Industrial Collaboration Award

Sina Tolouei
Carleton University

High-Speed FPGA Implementation of LDPC Codes for Optical Transport Network

Presented by Iain Scott, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Lawrence Wong
University of Waterloo
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

Ultrasound Imaging System using Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers

Presented by Busbee Hardy, MEMSCAP Corp.

2011-Fan-BLB
2011-Rezaei-CAD
2011-Tolouei-Industrial
2011-Wong-Microsys

2010

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Nahid Vahabisani
University of Alberta
(accepted by Dr. Dileepan Joseph)

Developing New Category of Monolithic 3D MEMS Devices for Millimeterwave Communication

Presented by Brian L. Barge

Componentware/CAD Award

Hooman Jarollahi
Simon Fraser University
(accepted by Dr. Bozena Kaminska)

Development of an Area-Efficient and Low-Power Five-Transistor SRAM for Low-Power SOC

Presented by Brian Doody, Teledyne DALSA Corp.

Industrial Collaboration Award

Sharmistha Bhadra
University of Manitoba
(accepted by Dr. Greg Bridges)

An Embeddable Sensor for Monitoring the Corrosion Potential of Reinforcement Steel

Presented by Iain Scott, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Amine Miled
École Polytechnique de Montréal

LoC Dielectrophoresis – Based Implantable Device Dedicated for Cells Manipulation and Detection

Presented by Busbee Hardy, MEMSCAP Corp.

2010-Vahabisani-BLB
2010-Jarollahi-CAD
2010-Bhadra-Industrial
2010-Miled-Microsys

2009

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Leyla Soleymani
Hooman Zamani
University of Toronto

Electronic Chip for Gene-Based Bacterial Screening

Presented by Brian L. Barge

Componentware/CAD Award

Karim Abdelhalim
University of Toronto

128-Channel Fully Differential Digital Neural Recording and Stimulation Interface

Presented by Brian Doody, DALSA Corp.

Industrial Collaboration Award

Anthony Karloff
University of Windsor

A Resource Efficient, Real-Time, Hardware-Based Image Demosaicing Algorithm

Presented by Bernard Courtois, ITAC, to Dr. Bill Miller (right) on behalf of Anthony Karloff

Microsystems Design Award

James Chong
University of Toronto

Control of a Surface Micromachined Repulsive-Force Driven 2D Micromirror for Vector Graphic Display

Presented by David Buckley, Micralyne Inc.

2009-Soleymani-BLB
2009-Abdelhalim-CAD
2009-Karloff-Industrial
2009-Chong-Microsys

2008

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Hamed Mazhab Jafari
University of Toronto

CMOS-Microfluidic Thin-Film Biochemical Sensory Microsystem

Presented by Jim Roche, Board Director, CMC Microsystems

Componentware/CAD Award

Jean-François Pratte
Université de Sherbrooke

The RATCAP Front-end Electronics

Presented by Patrick Myles, DALSA Corp.

Industrial Collaboration Award

Chin Pang Billy Siu
University of British Columbia

Metal MUMPs Fabrication Process for Dual-Axes Scanning Microlens

Presented by Bernard Courtois, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Andrew Logan
University of Waterloo

Fusion Bonded CMUTs with SixNy Membranes

Presented by Dr. Yvon Savaria, Chair of the Board, CMC Microsystems

2008-Jafari-BLB
2008-Pratte-CAD
2008-Siu-Industrial
2008-Logan-Microsys

2007

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Nigel Munce
University of Toronto

MicroDevices for Minimally Invasive Medical Interventions

Presented by Chris Lumb, Micralyne Inc.

Componentware/CAD Award

Ken Townsend
Andrew Macpherson
University of Calgary

A Low Power 20GS/s ADC for Impulse-UWB Autocorrelation

Presented by Ian McWalter, President & CEO, CMC Microsystems


Industrial Collaboration Award
(Tied Winners) 

Gholamreza Chaji
University of Waterloo

A Low-cost Low-power Stable Amorphous Silicon Amoled Display

Presented by Iain Scott, ITAC


Industrial Collaboration Award
(Tied Winners) 

Muhammad Arsalan
Atif Shamim
Carleton University

DOSIMETER: Wireless Microchips in LTCC Package for Biomedical and Space Applications

Presented by Iain Scott, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Sean Romanuik
University of Manitoba

Technology: The Capacitive Detection and Electromanipulation of Cells

Presented by Chris Lumb, Micralyne Inc.

 

2007-Munce-BLB
2007-Townsend-CAD
2007-Chaji-Industrial
2007-Arsalan-Shamim-Industrial
2007-Romaniuk-Microsys

Honorable MentionRuchi Gupta, McMaster University, for Laminar Microfluidics Logic Devices for an Integrated On-Chip Microfluidic Processor

Honorable MentionDominic DiClemente, Ryerson University, for A Family of Current-mode PLLs in 0.18 µm CMOS.

Honorable MentionPommy Patel, University of Manitoba, for Work Function Tuning of a MoxSiyNz Gate Electrode for Advanced CMOS Technology

2006

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Dr. Réjean Fontaine
Université de Sherbrooke

Technology: Design of an Avalanche Photodiode based Positron Emission Tomography Scanner Dedicated to Small Animals

Presented by Brian L. Barge

Componentware/CAD Award

Dr. Roman Genov
University of Toronto

Technology: ViPro: Focal-Plane Spatially-Oversampling CMOS Image Compression Sensor

Presented by Chris Lumb, Micralyne Inc.

Industrial Collaboration Award

Muhammad Arsalan
Atif Shamim
Carleton University

DOSIMETER: Wireless Microchips in LTCC Package for Biomedical and Space Applications

Presented by David Lynch, Gennum Corporation

Microsystems Design Award

See-Ho Tsang
Simon Fraser University

Technology: Automated Assembly of Hingeless 90 Degree Out-of-Plane Microstructures

Presented by Chris Lumb, Micralyne Inc.

2006-Fontaine-BLB
2006-Genov-CAD
2006-Goldan-Industrial
2006-Tsang-Microsys

2005

Brian L. Barge Microsystems Integration Award

Lee Hartley
University of Calgary

A Real Time Digital Cytometer System Combining 0.8 µm High Voltage CMOS Actuation, 0.18 µm CMOS Active Pixel Sensing & Glass Microfluidics via Flip-Chip-on-Glass Hybrid Integration

Presented by: Dr. Brian L. Barge

Componentware/CAD Award

Holly Pekau
University of Calgary

A 2.1 GHz CMOS RF Sub-Sampling Receiver Front End with Integrated Q-Enhanced Filtering

Presented by Ian McWalter, Chair of the Board, CMC Microsystems

Industrial Collaboration Award

Mohammad Maymandi-Nejad
University of Waterloo

A Wireless Bio-Implantable Device for Monitoring Blood Pressure of Transgenic Mice

Presented by Lynda Leonard, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Behraad Bahreyni
University of Manitoba

Design, fabrication, and testing of a micromachined magnetometer with a frequency modulated output

Presented by Chris Lumb, Micralyne

2005-Hartley-BLB
2005-Pekau-CAD
2005-Maymandi-Nejad-Industrial
Behraad Bahreyni accepts his award from Chris Lumb.

2004

Componentware/CAD Award

Leslie Shannon
University of Toronto

Leveraging Reconfigurability in the Design Process

Presented by: Brian L. Barge, President & CEO, CMC Microsystems

Industrial Collaboration Award

Jim Kulyk
University of Calgary

CMOS Integrated Q-Enhanced RF Bandpass Filter

Presented by: Ken Schultz, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Jeffrey Keilman
University of Calgary

A Dielectrophoretic Bio-Analysis Platform Using Lexel Arrays

Presented by: Dr. James Wylde, Bookham Technology

2003

Componentware/CAD Award

Bogdan Goergescu
University of Calgary

Tunable Transformer Based Q-Enhancement Scheme for Spiral Inductors

Presented byBrian L. Barge, President & CEO, CMC Microsystems

Industrial Collaboration Award

Mehboob Alam
University of Calgary

Motion stimulation Architecture for MPEG-4 Part 9: Reference Hardware Description

Presented by: Ken Schultz, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Tze-Wei John Yeow
University of Toronto

Optical Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems MEMS for Endoscopic Coherent Optical Microscope

Presented by: James Wylde, Micralyne Inc.

2002

Componentware/CAD Award

Chris Holdenried
University of Calgary

DC-4GHz True Logarithmic Amplifier with Fiber-Optic Applications

Presented by: Ian McWalter, Chair of the Board, CMC Microsystems

Industrial Collaboration Award

Rola Baki
Mourad El-Gamal
McGill University

A Low-Power Fully Programmable Log-Domain Filter for Hard Disk Drive Applications

Presented by: Iain Scott, ITAC

Microsystems Design Award

Konrad Walus
University of Calgary

Design and Simulation of Quantum Dot Cellular Automata

Presented by: Chris Lumb, Micralyne Inc.

2001

Componentware/CAD Award

Jean-François Pratte
Université de Sherbrooke

Design of a Fast Shaping Amplifier for Positron Emission Tomography Scanner Based on Avalanche Photodiode Detectors

Presented by: Brian L. Barge, President & CEO, CMC Microsystems

Industrial Collaboration Award

Sazzadur Chowdhury
M. Ahmadi
G.A. Jullien
W.C. Miller
University of Windsor

A Surface Mountable MEMS Beamforming Microphone Array and Associated MEMS Socket Structure

Presented by: Andy Molozzi, Strategic Microelectronics Consortium

Microsystems Design Award

Wael Badawy
University of Calgary

A Low Power VLSI Prototype for Video Object Motion Tracking for Mobile Video Applications

Presented by: Chris Lumb, Micralyne Inc.

2000

Componentware/CAD Award

Caitlin Davis
University of Calgary

Sigma-Delta Modulation at High Temperature 25-250° Celsius

Presented by: Janet Walden, NSERC

Industrial Collaboration Award

Dorin Emil Calbaza
Yvon Savaria
École Polytechnique de Montréal

A Direct Digital Synthesis Circuit

Presented by: Iain Scott, Strategic Microelectronics Consortium

Microsystems Design Award

Isabelle Ressejac
École Polytechnique de Montréal

Microfabrication of Bistable Micro-electro-thermal Relays with Mitel 1.5-micron CMOS Technology

1999

Componentware/CAD Award

Sean Peng
University of Toronto

A VLIW Programmable DSP Processor

Presented by: Tony Marsh, President, CMC Microsystems

Industrial Collaboration Award

Eyad Abou-Allam
Tajinder Manku
John J. Nisbet

University of Waterloo

A 1V PCS 1900 Receiver RF Front-End in 0.5 µm CMOS

Presented by: Iain Scott, Strategic Microelectronics Consortium

Microsystems Design Award

Shivalik Bakshi
Simon Fraser University

Reconfigurable Slit Mask for Multi-Object Spectroscopy

Presented by: Dan Gale, Vice-President & CTO, CMC Microsystems

1998

Componentware/CAD Award

Kirthi Roberts
Simon Fraser University

A Micromachined Blood-Cell Counter

Presented by: Ian McWalter, Chair of the Board, CMC Microsystems

Industrial Collaboration Award

John Rogers
Carleton University

A 1.8 GHz Differential VCO in a 0.5 µm Bipolar Process

Presented by: Dennis Senik, Strategic Microelectronics Consortium

Microsystems Design Award

James Wylde
Ted Hubbard
DalTech, Dalhousie University

Surface Micromachining with the Mitel 1.5-micron Standard CMOS Process

Presented by: Dan Gale, Vice-President & CTO, CMC Microsystems

1997

Componentware/CAD Award

Paul Chow
Marcus van Ierssel

University of Toronto

The Transmogrifier 2: A One Million Gate Rapid Prototyping System

Presented by: Ian McWalter, Chair of the Board, CMC Microsystems

Industrial Collaboration Award

Ramachandra Achar
Carleton University

A Novel Method for Efficient Simulation of High-Speed VLSI Designs

Presented by: Tony Stansby, Strategic Microelectronics Consortium

Microsystems Design Award

Kirthi Roberts
Simon Fraser University

A Monolithic Pressure Flow Sensor

Presented by: Chris Lumb, AMC Microsystems

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