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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.

THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR IS OPEN for 2024. The deadline has been extended to February 29, 2024.

MetSoc Distinguished Materials Scientist Award

2023 Recipient

Warren Poole

University of British Columbia

Citation: Recognizing outstanding contributions to structure-property relationships in light weight metals and high strength steels.

Warren Poole is Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at The University of British Columbia and holds the Canada Research Chair in Through Process Modelling of Advanced Structural Materials and the Rio Tinto Aluminium Chair in Materials Process Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. at McMaster University (1993) followed by a NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, UK prior to joining UBC in 1994. Professor Poole has published over 200 journal and conference papers related to the deformation, fracture and microstructure evolution in light alloys and steels.

Professor Poole was Department Head of Materials Engineering (2008-2018) and is currently the inaugural Director of Applied Science newest engineering program, Manufacturing Engineering, which runs on both the UBCO and UBCV campuses.

He is the recipient of the 2017 Acta Materialia Holloman Award, the Dean’s Medal of Distinction (2017), the Canadian Metal Physics Award, a Killam Research Fellowship, has given over 75 invited talks and was a co-recipient of the Alan Blizzard Award for excellence in teaching. Professor Poole was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers in 2021.

2022 – P. Patnaik  2007 – M. Militzer  1992 – I. Ritchie 
2021 – M. Brochu  2006 – H. Mostaghaci  1991 – W.R. Tyson 
2020 – D. Li  2005 – H. King  1990 – D.J. Lloyd 
2019 – Frank Cheng  2004 – D. Wilkinson  1989 – W. Wallace 
2018 – Xinjin Cao  2003 – S. Yue  1988 – G.C. Weatherly 
2017 – P. Wanjara  2002 – M. Chaturvedi  1987 – L.R. Morris 
2016 – D. Chen  2001 – G. Palumbo  1986 – J.D. Boyd 
2015 – A. Alfantazi  2000 – U. Erb  1985 – A. Mitchell 
2014 – R. Ravindran  1999 – I.V. Samarasekera  1984 – J.A. Schey 
2013 – A. McLean  1998 – R.A.L. Drew  1983 – D.B. McCutcheon 
2012 – Michel Rigaud  1997 – M. Sahoo  1982 – J.J. Jonas 
2011 – Arthur Pelton  1996 – S.R. MacEwen  1981 – E.G. Behal 
2010 – No Award  1995 – B. Hawbolt  1980 – E.C.W. Perryman 
2009 – Gary R. Purdy  1994 – J.I. Dickson  1979 – J.D. Embury 
2008 – F. Ajersch  1993 – J.E. Gruzleski   
  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

General Policies

  • A nominator can put forward only one candidate up for nomination in each award category.
  • No member of MetSoc 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.
  • 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.


The award nomination program is closed for 2023.