MetSoc Distinguished Materials Scientist Award

The award recognizes highly significant contributions in the field of materials engineering. The Materials Science and Engineering Section of The Metallurgy & Materials Society of CIM administers the award.

2022 Recipient

Prakash Patnaik

Prakash Patnaik,

National Research Council Canada

Citation: A lifetime of outstanding contributions in Aerospace Materials Engineering, while in industry and NRC.

Dr. Prakash Patnaik is currently the Principal Research Scientist/Program Leader of the Defence Technologies & Sustainment Program at the aerospace Research Centre of the National Research Council Canada. Graduated from India with a Bachelor’s of Science in Metallurgical Engineering and then Masters and Ph.D. from McMaster University in Canada, he started his career as a Visiting Scientist at the NRC’s National Aeronautical Establishment, then worked at Hawker Siddeley Canada’s Aero Engine Division as a Senior Manager of Advanced Materials & Energy Systems. He moved to NRC in 2002 as the Chief of Aerospace Materials and then became the Director of Structures & Materials Performance Laboratory of the Institute for Aerospace Research, where he is still continuing his work. He has published nearly 180 scientific publications in leading international journals and conference proceedings related to Aerospace Materials, Protective Coatings, Aircraft/Engine Health Management, Sensors, Prognostics, and Physics Based Materials Models and more recently on use of machine learning in materials Science. He is a senior member in NATO Science & Technology Organization and the TTCP Five Eyes Defence Collaboration in Materials and Aerospace Groups. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Research Fellow of Pratt & Whitney Canada and has received a number of recognitions/awards including the NATO Science & Technology Achievement Award in 2019.


1979 – J.D. Embury

1980 – E.C.W. Perryman
1981 – E.G. Behal
1982 – J.J. Jonas
1983 – D.B. McCutcheon
1984 – J.A. Schey
1985 – A. Mitchell
1986 – J.D. Boyd
1987 – L.R. Morris
1988 – G.C. Weatherly
1989 – W. Wallace

1990 – D.J. Lloyd
1991 – W.R. Tyson
1992 – I. Ritchie
1993 – J.E. Gruzleski
1994 – J.I. Dickson
1995 – B. Hawbolt
1996 – S.R. MacEwen
1997 – M. Sahoo
1998 – R.A.L. Drew
1999 – I.V. Samarasekera

2000 – U. Erb
2001 – G. Palumbo
2002 – M. Chaturvedi
2003 – S. Yue
2004 – D. Wilkinson
2005 – H. King
2006 – H. Mostaghaci
2007 – M. Militzer
2008 – F. Ajersch
2009 – Gary R. Purdy

2010 – No Award
2011 – Arthur Pelton
2012 – Michel Rigaud
2013 – A. McLean
2014 – R. Ravindran
2015 – A. Alfantazi
2016 – D. Chen
2017 – P. Wanjara
2018 – Xinjin Cao
2019 – Frank Cheng
2020 – D. Li
2021 – M. Brochu

Start Nomination

Please refer to the REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS FOR NOMINATION webpage.

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.



  1. Fill in the contribution box – a summary of why this person is being nominated (see item 3) with any information that is not included in the CV.
  2. Fill in the citation – in 15 words, what this person is being recognized for.
  3. Nominator uploads either a concise CV of the nominee or in the case of a process, a recent paper, relevant to the process being nominated, to the website. 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



  • 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.
METSOC is a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
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