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. Preference is given to an individual who has demonstrated the ability to collaborate with all parts of the metallurgical and materials community.
Phillion’s research interests are in the areas advanced metallurgy applications and design and manufacture of solid metal components. His research investigates the relationships between material processing, microstructure evolution, and defect formation. This research improves solidification manufacturing processes such as the casting or welding of aluminum alloys and also predicts material failure issues such as 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.
The award was created by the Metallurgy and Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum in 1998 to honour the memory of former UBC Professor J. Keith Brimacombe, an innovative giant in the field of materials process engineering. Spiro Yannacopoulos, School of Engineering Associate Dean, calls the award prestigious and notes Phillion is the second UBC Okanagan researcher to be honoured with the recognition. Assistant Professor Lukas Bichler won the award in 2012.