Materials engineer brings home prestigious Brimacombe Award

Significant research contributions bring award back to the Okanagan campus

UBC Materials Engineering Assistant Professor André Phillion has won the Brimacombe Award of the Metallurgy and Materials Society of Canada (MetSoc).

The award is presented annually to young researchers who have made noteworthy contributions in any of the scientific and technological disciplines relevant to MetSoc.

Assistant Prof. André Phillion

Dr. Phillion’s research interests are in the areas of advanced solidification processes: shape casting and continuous casting of metallic alloys, directional solidification, Bridgman solidification, fusion welding, numerical finite-element process modelling, microstructure/defect modelling, physical metallurgy, microscopy, and 3-D imaging of materials.

The main focus of his research is to investigate the relationships between material processing, microstructure evolution, and defect formation. This research is needed not only to improve solidification manufacturing processes (e.g., the casting or welding of aluminum alloys), but also to predict in-service failure issues such as in the maintenance requirements of turbine blades and inspection of welded components.

“I am pleased to have my contributions recognized by colleagues within MetSoc, and am honoured be placed among the ranks of previous award winners,” Phillion says.

Spiro Yannacopoulos, Associate Dean in the School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, calls the award prestigious and notes that Phillion is the second UBC Okanagan researcher from the School of Engineering to be honoured with the recognition: Assistant Professor Lukas Bichler won the award in 2012.

The Brimacombe Award was created in 1998 to honour the memory of former UBC Professor J. Keith Brimacombe, who was an innovative giant in the field of materials process engineering.

Award nominees must be less than 40 years of age at the time of nomination and working for a Canadian academic, industrial, or government organization. Preference is given to an individual who has demonstrated the ability to collaborate with all parts of the metallurgical and materials community.

About MetSoc

With roots dating back to 1898, the Metallurgy and Materials Society is one of the four societies and five divisions making up the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

The society is composed of nine technical sections, representing the technical diversity of the metals, minerals and materials community, and of six standing committees dedicated to the various member services of the Society. The main purpose of the sections is to create forums for the sharing of ideas or the analysis of problems.

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