MetSoc Brimacombe Award
Origin of the Brimacombe Award
In January 1998, the MetSoc Board of Directors created this award to honour the memory of Professor J. Keith Brimacombe who was an innovative giant in the field of materials process engineering.
University of British Columbia
Citation: For early and important contributions to the science and engineering of hydrometallurgical processes.
Wenying is an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Engineering, UBC. Her research focuses on developing sustainable hydrometallurgical processes for metal extraction from ores and managing contaminant release from mine waste materials. She has worked closely with government agencies and the private sector on a range of projects, such as copper heap bioleaching with Teck Resources, refractory gold ore leaching with Barrick, chalcopyrite heap leaching with JX Nippon, arsenic management with BQE Water, and prediction of long-term quality of mine waste rock drainage with NRC.
Wenying joined UBC in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and was appointed an Assistant Professor affiliated with the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy in 2015.
She has been an active member of MetSoc since 2017 and serves on the Hydrometallurgy Section Committee and the MetSoc Awards Committee. She was on the organizing committee and the short course organizer for COM 2021 Chloride Metallurgy Symposium.
Wenying obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering in China and a PhD degree in Mineral Processing from the University of Queensland in Australia.
2009 – P. Wanjara
2010 – P. Coursol
2011 – M. Brochu
2012 – L. Bichler
2013 – E. Asselin
2014 – A. Phillion
2015 – M. Barati
2016 – K. Chattopadhyay
2017 – S. Mostaghel
2018 – J. Song
2019 – H. Zurob
2020 – P. Lind
The Brimacombe award is to recognize young MetSoc member achievers who have made noteworthy contributions in any of the scientific and technological disciplines relevant to MetSoc. Preference will be given to an individual who has demonstrated the ability to collaborate with all parts of the metallurgical and materials community. The nominees of this award must be individuals working for a Canadian academic, industrial or government organization, and be less than 40 years of age at the time of nomination.
All nominees must have a minimum of three years of membership in the Institute and be in good standing. The contributions and impact must be to the benefit of Canada.
There is no cash prize for this award.
Please refer to the METSOC AWARDS page for details on nomination dates and deadlines.
Nominator uploads either a concise CV of nominee or in the case of a process, a recent paper, relevant to the process being nominated, to the web site. Nominator/co-nominators should consider approaching nominees themselves to request the CV. In the case of a process, the recent paper is likely already available. The CV should contain the following information:
- Major contributions relevant to the award
- A record of at least five relevant patents and papers authored by the nominee plus a count of other patents and papers.
- A service history related to CIM/MetSoc if applicable
- A record of the years of membership in CIM.
- A listing of volunteer activities if applicable
- A listing of awards previously received
- A listing of academic achievements
- The nominator should verify that the age of the candidate is 40 or below.
If the CV does not contain all items, the nominator should fill in the information in the Contributions text box in the online form (this will be available in the software system when the Call opens).
- A nominator can put forward only one candidate up for nomination in each award category. NEW as of the year 2020
- No Member of the Executive Board shall be nominated 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.