MetSoc Award for Research excellence


The MetSoc Research Excellence Award was established by the Aluminum Company of Canada Limited for “a highly significant contribution to the field of metallurgy”.

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2022 Recipient

Mihaiela M. Isac,

Associate Director of McGill Metals Processing Centre
McGill University

Citation: For her contribution to academia and the development of the Horizontal Single Belt Casting Process.

Mihaiela M. Isac has spent a full career in academia, rising to Full Professor of Physical Metallurgy at the National Technical University of Bucharest, before emigrating to Montreal, and being accepted at McGill University. Mihaiela became the Associate Director of the McGill Metals Processing Centre in 2011, and the CEO and President of MetSim Inc. in 2012. She holds B.Eng., and M.Eng., followed by a Doctorate Degree in metallurgy at the National Technical University of Bucharest, Romania. She specialised in High-Resolution Electron Microscopy at the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands.

Her professional interests are related to thermodynamics, and kinetics of phase transformations of crystalline and amorphous alloys, and high-temperature process metallurgy of ferrous, and non-ferrous metals and alloys. Her research on the development of the Horizontal Single Belt Casting technology applied to aluminum, steels, and copper alloys represents a significant breakthrough in the high temperature processing of thin strip products. She is the author of 4 textbooks and four Laboratory Training Manuals for students. She is the author, or co-author of three book Chapters and editor of eight Symposia Proceedings. She published more than 300 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Mihaiela was Chair of Light Metals Section of MetSoc of CIM for two consecutive terms, she organized and chaired 5 Light Metals Symposia, and co-chaired other 3 Symposia for metallurgical and materials community, events organized in connection with important Conferences such as COM, MS&T, IMPC, etc.

She is the recipient of significant awards, among them 3 MetSoc Best Paper Awards, 2011 NSERC Leo DERIKX Award for Innovation, 2013 MetSoc XSTRATA Award, 2021 FIMMM, and 2021 CIM Fellowship Award.

1966 – L.M. Pidgeon, M.B.E.
1967 – W.C. Winegard
1968 – J.S.G. Kirkaldy
1969 – F.A. Forward1970 – W.H. Gauvin
1971 – C.S. Samis
1972 – J. Convey
1973 – J. Leja
1974 – W.M. Armstrong
1975 – K.W. Downes
1976 – W.M. Williams
1977 – A. Hone
1978 – H. Ross
1979 – J.M. Toguri1980 – F. Weinberg
1981 – W.G. Davenport
1982 – E. Peters
1983 – W.- K. Lu
1984 – C.R. Masson
1985 – G.M. Ritcey
1986 – S.N. Flengas
1987 – R.I.L. Guthrie
1988 – J.K. Brimacombe
1989 – E.W. Dewing1990 – J.J. Jonas
1991 – A. McLean
1992 – J.E. Gruzleski
1993 – E.B. Hawbolt
1994 – J.E. Dutrizac
1995 – G.C. Weatherly
1996 – J.A. Finch
1997 – N.J. Themelis
1998 – R. Meadowcroft
1999 – E. Krause2000 – H. McQueen
2001 – T.T. Chen
2002 – J.A. Szpunar
2003 – G. Kaiura
2004 – J. Laskowski
2005 – D. Dreisinger
2006 – E. Ozberk
2007 – G. A. Irons
2008 – R. Berezowsky
2009 – A. Plumtree2010 – Mahesh Chaturvedi
2011 – Gary R. Purdy
2012 – David S. Wilkinson
2013 – C. Ravindran
2014 – M. Sahoo
2015 – D. Chen
2016 – Z. Xu
2017 – G.P. Demopoulos
2018 – not attributed
2019 – H. Henein
2020 – V. Papangelakis
2021 – B. Davis


NEW for 2023: The main nominator of the award-winning candidate will be recognized and invited to the COM 2023 Awards Banquet in Toronto, Ontario.

The MetSoc Award is the premier award for contribution to the metallurgy or materials field by a MetSoc member academic or research scientist in any Canadian research laboratory or Canadian university. The award recognizes a lifetime contribution to teaching and research or outstanding individual work resulting in a significant breakthrough in metallurgy or materials practices. 

All nominees must have a minimum of five years of CIM National membership and be in good standing.  Membership is not required to be consecutive but the member has to have the current and previous year in good standing. Exceptions to this membership requirement may be made in the case where a candidate has a substantial historical record of contributions to MetSoc. The contributions and impact must be to the benefit of Canada.

There is no cash prize for this award.


NEW supporting documents required for 2022 Awards nominations

The nominator has 6 steps to complete.  The documents can be uploaded to our online nomination system.

  1. Fill in the contribution box – a summary of why this person is being nominated (see item 3) with any information listed above that is not included in the CV.
  2. Fill in the citation – in 15 words this person is being recognized for.
  3. The CV should contain the items listed below. If the CV does not contain these items, consider adding them to the Contribution box and letter statement:
    1. Major contributions relevant to the award
    2. A record of at least five relevant patents and/or papers authored by the nominee plus a count of other patents and papers
    3. A service history related to CIM/MetSoc if applicable
    4. A record of the years of membership in CIM
    5. A listing of volunteer activities if applicable
    6. A listing of awards previously received
    7. A listing of academic achievements
  4. One written letter by the nominator on letterhead describing in full length why this candidate is nominated for the award.
  5. A minimum of 3 Endorsers (outside of company colleagues) – these endorsers simply must support with an online approval click, however, a supporting letter is also welcomed and encouraged.
  6. Research Excellence Award: This award requires an additional letter of support by a peer in the field on letterhead for a total of 2 letters included in the nomination package.  Additional weight and marks may be considered by the committee if additional written letters of peer support are added to the nomination package (Max 5 additional uploads will be allowed).

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Please refer to the REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS FOR NOMINATION webpage.


  • A nominator can put forward only one candidate up for nomination in each award category. 
  • No Member of the Executive Board shall be nominated for a MetSoc-administered award while in office. The nomination will be held until the term on the executive board is expired.
  • Each award shall be made from time to time as circumstances warrant with no more than one award recipient per year.
  • The nominators are responsible for verifying that all conditions of the award have been satisfied and all procedures were properly followed in making the nomination.
  • All nominations will stand for three years.
  • The adjudication of the award shall be made by the MetSoc Awards Committee of The Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM.
  • The award shall be presented at the Awards Banquet of the Conference of Metallurgists.
  • Posthumous awards will be allowed only if the candidate has already been shortlisted.
  • Self-nominations are not permitted.
METSOC is a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
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