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CMSC June 10-13, 2019
We hope you will join us in Vancouver for the Canadian Materials Science Conference this June.
In celebration of Professor David Embury’s 80th birthday we are holding a special symposium as part of this year’s conference. The symposium brings together many of David’s former students and close colleagues to give invited talks focusing on the future of materials science and engineering. We hope that these talks will inspire collegial discussion and debate, in honour of the thoughtful scientific discussions we have all enjoyed with David over the years.

Matthias Militzer is one of five UBC engineering professors to be awarded an NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant
Matthias Militzer, a professor of materials engineering, will lead an inter-university team to develop a new, interface-based approach for designing advanced next-generation high-strength steels that will enable the manufacture of lightweight cars. The project will also involve researchers from McGill and McMaster and three leading Canadian steel producers (ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Stelco, and Evraz Inc NA) and will help Canada reach its average fuel efficiency target for 2025.

Openings for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers
Interface properties from atomistic simulations
We are seeking postdoctoral researchers and graduate students who are interested in developing and applying new hybrid computational approaches to study the interaction of solute atoms with solid/solid interfaces.

Tohoku-UBC Workshop August 22 – 23, 2016

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2nd International Workshop on Laser Ultrasonics for Metallurgy April 26 – 27, 2016


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The International Conference on Solid-solid Phase Transformations in Inorganic Materials was organized in 2015 in Whistler, BC, with support by CMPE. Matthias Militzer was the conference chair and Chad Sinclair was one of the members of the organizing committee. The International Conference on Solid-Solid Phase Transformations (PTM), is held every 5 years, and is organized in a way to maximize the interaction and discussion between researchers in the field. PTM past, present and future:

  • 1981 – Pittsburgh
  • 1987 – Cambridge
  • 1994 – Nemacolin Woodlands
  • 1999 – Kyoto
  • 2005 – Phoenix
  • 2010 – Avignon
  • 2015 – Whistler
  • 2020 – China

Pictures from the conference


1st International Workshop on Laser Ultrasonics for Metallurgy November 2013

Gleeble Systems help forge new fields of research at the University of British Columbia


APSC Research Spotlight – 11 January 2013 Redefining metal alloy processing and Canada’s role in the metallurgical industry

Professor Matthias Militzer, one of the influential innovators in Canadian materials engineering, conducts research that will impact thecompetitiveness of Canada’s manufacturing industry. With the use of cutting-edge laser ultrasonics…
Centre project on Laser-ultrasonics receives funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering will receive funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation under its Leading Edge Fund (LEF) for the worldwide first laser-ultrasonic system for metallurgy (LUMet).

The Centre’s Director Matthias Militzer is the primary investigator of the project “Laser-Ultrasonic System for Innovative Microstructure Design” that has been granted $436,911 in CFI funding. With matching funds from the BC Knowledge Development Fund and other sources, the total funding is just over $1.2 million. The principal investigators include the Centre member Warren Poole and Chad Sinclair as well as Mary Wells (University of Waterloo), Stephen Yue (McGill) and Hatem Zurob (McMaster). In addition, an international user group is being formed with researchers and industry from nine countries.

Laser-ultrasonics is the generation and detection of ultrasound using lasers. Laser-ultrasonics for metallurgy (LUMet) is an emerging Canadian technology that has been developed at the National Research Council of Canada – Industrial Materials Institute in Boucherville, Quebec. LUMet is a non-destructive technique for fast and precise measurements of microstructures — the “fingerprints” that give a metal or alloy its unique properties. Currently, standard metallography — the study of the microscopic structure of metals — uses slow and labour-intensive techniques. LUMet offers the potential to transform the nature of metal and alloy processing by driving the design of microstructures with highly desirable properties — those needed to produce the innovative materials and products that will put Canada at the forefront of the metallurgical industry worldwide.

The research programs supported by the new infrastructure funding for “Laser-Ultrasonic System for Innovative Microstructure Design” are unique in Canada and primarily aimed at developing process models for advanced sheet metals. The funding will enable the education and training of more than 40 highly skilled engineers and scientists over the next five years.