This medal is intended to recognize and promote the creativity of scientists working in Canada in the area of industrial and applied physics, and to particularly recognize the successful application of physical principles to the creation of practical innovations, as demonstrated (for example) by novel/commercializable products or processes, and/or patents.
The award is open to all scientists and engineers, whether in industry, research institutes, universities, government, or elsewhere. It is not intended to discourage the nomination of applied scientists for the other CAP Medals.
Formerly the Prize for Innovative Applied Physics of the Division of Industrial and Applied Physics (DIAP), the CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics was awarded for the first time at the 1991 CAP Congress. It is awarded bi-annually by the CAP, on recommendation of the DIAP.
Simon Fafard, Université de Sherbrooke,
for his new developments covering 20 years of research in applied solid state Physics, coupled with his strong efforts in commercializing these through patents and the establishment of his own companies.
Xiaoyi Bao, University of Ottawa,
for her remarkable technological advances in a number of areas; notably in the monitoring of polarization mode dispersion (PMD) of field fibers and their impact on high speed communication networks. In addition she has led in the development of distributed sensors to monitor the health of civil infrastructures, technological advances that have been embraced by industry and led to new products.
Wayne Hocking, University of Western Ontario,
for his outstanding achievements. Not only has he made significant advances in the science of radar studies of the atmosphere but he has also transformed these into commercial products that have won wide international acceptance.
Andreas Mandelis, University of Toronto,
for his prolific work and seminal impact on the science and engineering of diffusion waves. He has pioneered the use of photoacoustic and photothermal techniques in thermal-diffusivity depth profilometry and cross-sectional slice tomography for sub-surface defect imaging in optically opaque materials. He has made outstanding contributions to both applied and industrial physics through continuous transfer/commercialization of the products of his fundamental and applied research to the industrial and health sectors.