Brimacombe Prize

The Brimacombe Prize recognizes outstanding achievements in materials process engineering and is presented in memory of J. Keith Brimacombe, an innovative giant in the field of materials process engineering during the later quarter of the 20th century.

This Prize consists of $20,000 CDN and, as a permanent record, each Prize recipient is awarded a sculpture depicting Athena, the Greek goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature. She was the embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity. She is noted to have only fought for just reasons, and would not fight without a purpose. Characteristically, the Brimacombe Prize recognizes intelligence and wisdom. The certificate recognizes the qualities that give form to the purpose of the awardee while recognizing his/her accomplishments as an excellent researcher, visionary and innovator for a better society, teacher, and world ambassador, creatively integrating science and technology.

The Brimacombe Prize was designed to do more than merely honor; it is intended that this award speak symbolically of the achievements of its recipients while perpetuating these attributes that Keith Brimacombe set as standards for his own character and career.

  1. A creator of new knowledge through research excellence.
  2. A visionary and innovator for a better global society.
  3. A world ambassador integrating science and technology with creative insight.


  1. Individuals or a team from academia, industry, or government may be nominated by a person or an institution.
  2. There are no age or nationality restrictions with respect to the nominee(s) for this prize..
  3. The prize will be awarded for a single or sustained outstanding contribution to materials process engineering. The work should demonstrate a high degree of creativity, imagination and engineering/scientific depth. Evidence of significant scientific or industrial impact will be an important measure of eligibility for the award.
  4. The following characteristics, which are well-known of J. Keith Brimacombe, form an important set of criteria for the prize. Learn more about each on the official Brimacombe Prize page.
    1. Research excellence and the creation of new insight
    2. World ambassador
    3. Innovator and visionary for a better global society

How to Nominate

Submission Deadline:
December 1 of each odd-numbered year

Please submit the following documents to complete the nomination process:

  1. Current resume or curriculum vitae, no more than four pages describing the following:
    1. Nominee's achievements and contributions and how they relate to the selection criteria.
    2. Significance or impact of the achievement(s) in the field.
    3. Role of each individual in a team effort.
    4. The nomination should also include names and addresses of five individuals who could provide an assessment of the nominee's/nominees' eligibility for the award. Also include telephone, fax number and e-mail address for the references. Nominations will remain effective for three successive competitions. The selection committee may seek input from references other than those provided.

Send complete nomination packet to the Brimacombe Prize Selection Committee.

Award Website

For more information, or to view a list of past recipients, visit the official award website.