MetSoc Silver Medal


The Silver Medal, which was initiated in 1986, is awarded to individuals who have built, sustained and developed the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM into the present strong, internationally renowned organization.

2022 Recipient

Mihaiela M. Isac,

Associate Director of McGill Metals Processing Centre
McGill University

Citation: In recognition of her significant research accomplishments and for her tireless efforts and leadership within the Light Metals Section, for the development of MetSoc of CIM.

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.


1986 – J.M. Toguri
1987 – N.G. Thomas
1988 – M. Rigaud
1989 – J.E. Dutrizac
1990 – W.T. Thompson
1991 – W. Williams
1992 – P. Tarassoff
1993 – L. Seeley
1994 – G.M. Ritcey
1995 – A. Plumpton
1996 – B.R. Conard
1997 – E. Ozberk
1998 – G.L. Bolton
1999 – F. Habashi
2000 – C. Dìaz
2001 – J.M. Walsh
2002 – A. Vahed
2003 – C. Twigge-Molecey
2004 – H. Henein
2005 – J. Finch
2006 – P.J. Mackey
2007 – H. W. King
2008 – S. Marcuson
2009 – G.P. Demopoulos
2010 – M. King
2011 – J. Kapusta
2012 – A. Allaire
2013 – N. Stubina
2014 – G. Richards
2015 – M. Sahoo
2016 – D. Wilkinson
2017 – D. Boyd
2018 – P. Wanjara
2019 – B. Davis
2020 – M. Wells
2021 – M. Collins
This award is administered by the Past Presidents of the Society.  Nominations at large are not collected, but if you have a suggestion of a member that deserves this recognition, please advise us at


The Silver Medal is to recognize individuals who have contributed effectively over a long period, to the growth of MetSoc.  The nomination(s) for, and award of, the Silver Medal is the responsibility of the Past President and is not open to general nominations from the membership at large. Balloting is by all Past Presidents. 

There is no cash prize for this award.

Please refer to the METSOC AWARDS page for details on nomination dates and deadlines.

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