Upcoming Event
Glass Blowing Workshop with ASM Ontario- Dec 6th, 2017 - Register Online!
ASM Ontario is hosting a glass blowing workshop for our December event. Get your creative juices flowing and join us in creating a hand-made, glass-blown wine stopper at Playing with Fire. Your wine stopper will be one-of-a-kind and a great gift for the holiday season.

Dinner is included beforehand at the same location, and glass blowing will follow. All materials and knowledge on how to make your glass-blown wine stopper will be provided on site, you just need to bring an empty stomach and an open mind!

This workshop is limited to 20 participants, and is open to ASM members only. If there is still space available, registration will open up to non-members at a later date.

As this workshop is hands-on, participants must:
  • Wear comfortable, form-fitting garments made of natural fibres (cotton)
  • Wear long pants
  • Wear closed to shoes (no open shoes)
  • Tie back long hair

Date: December 6th, 2017
Location: Playing with Fire
Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
Studio 252
Toronto, ON
M6G 4C7
Time: Dinner 6:00 PM - 6:30PM
  Event 6:30 PM - 8:30PM
Cost: ASM Member $75
Participants: 20 Max
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Past Events
A multi-process approach towards manufacturing of high-performance magnesium alloy parts- November 1st, 2017
Material designers and engineers in the transportation industries often seek to increase the utilization of magnesium alloys in their products and applications. However, mass production of complex parts is often challenging, leading to significant compromises in material performance or part geometry. In this presentation, the recent progress on the methods to overcome technological challenges related to the manufacturing process are discussed. Also, the refinement of microstructure of automotive magnesium alloys with ceramic additives prepared by the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) process will be discussed and related to hot tearing.


Dr. Lukas Bichler received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Manufacturing, Materials and Solid Mechanics) from Ryerson University, Toronto. Upon graduation, he received NSERC-Postdoctoral fellowship and tenured at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bichler established two laboratories at UBC focusing on a multi-process approach to materials development: one metalcasting laboratory for advancement of magnesium and aluminum alloys, the other spark plasma sintering laboratory for advanced ceramic, metallic, nano and functionally graded materials and composites.
2-D Materials - Graphene and Beyond - October 4th, 2017
Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, 2-D materials, which are materials that are 1-atom thick but large in lateral extent, there has been great interest in their superlative properties, including record electron mobility, high mechanical strength, and more exotic applications. As the field grew, many alternative 2-D materials beyond graphene have also emerged due with even more interesting properties, such as direct-band gap semiconductors (2-D GaN), insulators (h-BN), and other semiconductors (2-D transition-metal di-chalcogenides) with interesting optical and quantum effects. All of this development requires the need to characterize these materials down to the single atom scale. Fortunately, with aberration-correct electron microscopy, this is now possible. This work will present some examples of synthesis of novel 2-D materials, and imaging them at the highest levels of resolution. Examples include the development of 2-D silicon, GaN, black-phosphorous, graphene as a substrate for imaging biomolecules directly, and single-dopant atom identification.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY - Prof. Nabil Bassim

Nabil Bassim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University. His primary research interest is in using electron and ion microscopy to study new materials and to advance microscopy technique for more accurate and quantitative microstructural analysis. Materials systems of interest include 2-D materials, bionanomaterials, mesoscale materials such as concrete and cement, traditional alloys and electronic materials. He received his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida is 1997 and his Master's (2000) and Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Florida in Materials Science and Engineering. After graduate school, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC, and a second postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. From 2007 to 2016, he served as a Materials Research Engineer at NRL, with an expertise in characterization. He is the author or co-author of over 90 publications and 3 patents, and was the winner of the Materials Research Society Woody Award for exceptional society service. He is also a Board member of the Microscopical Society of Canada and the founder and organizer of the FIB-SEM workshop, which is the largest Focused Ion Beam conference in North America.
Intro To Fractography - September 6th, 2017
ASM Ontario is proud to kick off our 2017-2018 year with a Intro to Fractography workshop with the help of Steel Image!

Introduction Workshop to Metallurgical Failure Analysis & Fractography

Diagnosing the precise cause of a failure is critical for developing cost-effective solutions that prevent repeat failures. Metallurgical failure analysis is a useful tool for supporting design testing, production issues, and understanding service failures by providing details of component failures that would not otherwise be available.

Participants of this workshop will:
  • learn tools and concepts applied during lab-based failure analysis
  • use stereo microscopes in a hands-on fracture recognition
  • be introduced to 'fractography’ using fractured parts from case studies and explain its role in failure analysis
Participants: 20 max.
Dinner will be included for all attendees.

Thank you to both Steel Image and -30- Forensic for their generosity in resources to help us kick off our ASM year!
Engineers Without Borders - May 3, 2017
This month at ASM we are lucky to have Boris Martin, CEO of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada, with us to speak about all things EWB. From volunteering to strategic investing to co-founding a start-up food distribution business, his 14 years worth of stories will amaze you. EWB is a community of passionate change-makers committed to equality, innovation and an improved future for our planet. As engineers and scientists, we can have a huge impact in the world, if we just get involved.

Boris first connected with EWB in 2003, as a volunteer and chapter president. In 2007, with his PhD thesis still in the press, he took off to live and work in rural Burkina Faso, where he developed a national strategy to build the adaptive capacity of large farmer organizations. During that time he also co-founded FasoMarket, an indigenous foods distribution start-up. In 2011, he joined EWB executive team as Vice President of Strategy and Investment and led the development of EWB’s impact model, combining leadership development, venture incubation and policy advocacy to unlock sector wide change. Inspired by the potential of the organization, he stepped up as CEO in 2014 to bring EWB’s impact model to a global scale.

Boris holds a PhD in engineering from McMaster University and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. He lives in Toronto with his partner Alanna and two children, Kyan and Anika..
Why Stuff Falls Apart - Life Lessons of a Failure Analyst - March 15, 2017
Dr. Mac Louthan is the mystical unicorn of materials engineers. Not only has he had an incredibly interesting and successful career (including receiving many distinguished awards), but he is ALSO a renowned teacher known for his ability to connect with his students, AND he is one of the most entertaining and captivating lecturers you’ll ever have the privilege to see. He has the brains of an engineer, complimented by the personality and skills to spread his knowledge and wisdom.

Why Stuff Falls Apart is a humorous, motivational lecture that presents the six fundamental causes of failure. This lecture demonstrates that the same causes that apply to engineering failures are also applicable to societal failures. Dr. Louthan will discuss specific failure examples and show how these failures can be frequently related to poor ethical decisions driven by human greed, peer pressure and/or cost and schedule deadlines.

Dr. Mac Louthan is a retired Senior Consulting Scientist from Savannah River National Laboratory where he spent over thirty years working in research and management. He taught at the University of Notre Dame and Virginia Tech where he was elected to the Academy of Teaching Excellence and received the Sporn and Wine Awards for teaching excellence. He is an ASM International Fellow, past president of the International Metallographic Society, on the Board of Trustees of the National Youth Science Foundation, Founding Editor and Chief of the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention (2001-2011) and past member and Chairman of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Network of Senior Scientists and Engineers.

Dr. Louthan has also served as organizer and/or chairman of various technical conferences, was on the editorial review board of several peer reviewed journals and edited five volumes of microstructural science. He is also the author of Life Lessons of a Failure Analyst. His professional awards include: the Orth Award (SRS), several Westinghouse Signature Awards for Excellence, the Sorby Award (IMS), Distinguished Life Member of Alpha Sigma Mu, the Putman Award for Service to ASM International, the President’s Award from IMS, election as a Distinguished Educator by the Materials Engineering Institute, a Certificate of Achievement for a distinguished career in Hydrogen Effects on Materials, and election as a Distinguished Scientist by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.
ASM Technology Night! - February 8, 2017
Are you curious about the cool new toys available to help engineers and materials professionals? If you want to see how some of the newest technologies in the industry work first hand, then come out and join us for ASM Technology Night!

The technologies we are highlighting this year include:
  • VHX-5000 Digital Microscope (Keyence)
  • FlexSEM 1000 Table Top SEM (Hitachi)
  • Expert Weld System (Struers)
  • Foundary-Master Smart (NDT Products Inc.)
  • 3D Printer (Westdale 3D Printing)
See below for more detailed information on these innovative technologies.

Event sponsored by the attending vendors:


Technology Showcase:




Developing New Materials for 3D Printing & Flexible Electronics - January 11, 2017
This month at ASM Ontario, learn about new materials developments and the exciting research at Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), namely 3D printing and printed electronics. XRCC has been the global materials development Centre for Xerox Corporation for the past 40 years and over the last decade, they’ve put their expertise to work commercializing a portfolio of materials for printed electronics. The XRCC is exploring the possibility to make things that were “unmake-able” before. Their research on printed electronics and 3D printing works toward producing unconventional objects by printing both form and function. The XRCC is interested in inventing new materials for printing conventional objects with improved properties as well as moving across the divide to print functionality and structure together. The XRCC has developed a broad range of materials from conductive inks to semiconducting polymers, organic dielectric materials and more. Michelle Chretien will also share examples of integrated printed and hybrid devices produced at the Xerox lab in Canada.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY - Michelle Chrétien

Michelle Chretien is a Senior R&D Manager, Materials Science at Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Michelle has an inquisitive nature and she thrives on solving tough problems and thinking about how to put science to work. Today she leads a group of chemists, materials scientists, and engineers at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) working on both fundamental and applied problems in materials science. They tackle challenges such as developing new materials and processes for 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing) and printed/flexible electronics. The team has worked to dramatically expanding the capabilities of the research centre and made important contributions to the technological landscape through both new products and new intellectual property. Michelle is passionate about the commercialization of innovation. She has over 10 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary, globally dispersed teams in a fast-paced technology environment. She has published 20+ scientific research papers and been issued over 65 US Patents.

Photo credit: Xerox Research Centre
of Canada
Bridging the gap between process metallurgy and product development - December 7th, 2016
This presentation will explore how materials engineers can use simulation, experiments, and industrial trials to ensure that customer demands for process optimization and new product development are met. The long term vision is to use physical, mathematical and data driven modelling techniques to develop integrated simulation platforms and then translate them to user friendly process models so that Canadian steelmakers can better design, build, and operate their processes. With the evolving business climate, the research presented by Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay will focus on value addition in products and steel quality to ensure that Canadian metal manufacturers are competitive in the market place.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY - Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay

Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay is a process metallurgist and has 10 years of experience in metallurgical process consulting and research. He has extensive knowledge of heat, mass and fluid flow, metallurgical thermodynamics, liquid metals processing and casting and has worked with numerous clients internationally. He has 100 publications to his credit and has presented at various international conferences across the globe (USA, Canada and Europe). He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and works in the area of process/extractive metallurgy and mathematical modelling of metallurgical processes. Kinnor is also an executive consultant for Innovative Extractive Technologies Ltd. (NXT) the managing partner for Kinnor and Associates which is a privately held firm providing business, process and technology consulting, to mining and metals clients
A study of flow behavior in the absence of gravity! - November 2nd, 2016
Microgravity environment offers a unique opportunity to study flow behavior in the absence of gravity. Different experiments were designed by Dr. Ziad Saghir and conducted on board the Space Shuttle, Unmanned FOTON satellite and recently on board the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk (pictured). At this event Dr. Saghir, will provide a discussion of his exceptional 14 years of experience conducting research on board different space vehicles.

In particular, he will discuss his recent efforts in the field of oil recovery. An accurate simulation of the various forms of mass flux is an important part of oil exploration and optimal oil recovery. The diffusion and thermodiffusion coefficients of binary hydrocarbon mixtures have been measured and analyzed in detail elsewhere, as one step forward. He measured the separation in a ternary hydrocarbon mixture of tetrahydronaphthalene, isobutylbenzene, and dodecane at five different compositions due to thermal gradients, and determined the Soret and diffusion coefficients of this mixture. The thermodiffusion experiment was conducted by means of a Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (MZI) using two wavelengths and in a low gravity environment on board the International Space Station (ISS).


Dr. Ziad Saghir is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, and has made significant contributions in modeling in crystal growth and oil extraction. He is well known for his contributions in modelling and use of various numerical techniques. His area of research is the study of fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transfer with application to materials science and biotechnology. He undertakes both sophisticated numerical modeling and experimental research to develop tests and refine general understanding of fluid dynamics. Dr. Saghir is currently heavily involved in conducting research in a microgravity environment, which has lead to an increased understanding of the behavior of fluid flow on Earth. Dr. Saghir participated in different space missions, the latest of which is an experiment developed jointly with the European scientists. It involves the study of diffusion in microgravity for different oil mixtures. The experiment was flown in September 2007 using Soyuz Rocket. The experiment is located inside a satellite capsule which housed 30 other experiments. Recently he also had three experiments that were conducted on board the International Space Station.

A historical perspective on the evolution of high-temperature materials and processing technologies for aircraft engines - October 19th, 2016
"Over his existence man has developed equipment to satisfy his needs." – Chester T. Sims, General Electric Company.

Modern aircraft engines present some of the most challenging working environments for metallic materials – the temperature of combustion gas entering the turbine exceeds the melting point of the white hot rotating blade alloy!

From the conception of high-temperature materials based on austenitic stainless steels in the 1930s to the latest generation of single crystal Ni-base superalloys used in Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, we have come a long way as metallurgists to understand the science and master the art of crafting some of the best-behaved materials in the engineering field. In this talk Dr. Linruo Zhao will walk the audience through a historical journey of significant discoveries through the decades such as:
  • 1940s – Discovery of precipitation hardening gamma prime phase and additions of refractory metals for solid solution strengthening of gamma phase
  • 1950s – Arrival of vacuum melting of superalloys
  • 1960s – Introduction of directional solidification process to produce columnar and single crystal airfoil components
  • 1970s - Application of thermal barriers coatings on internally cooled components
  • 2000s – Development of the fifth generation single crystal Ni-base superalloy
Dr. Zhao will then take a look at the horizon, specifically the emergence of ceramic matrix composites is challenging the very position of Ni-base superalloys in gas turbine engines to achieve ever higher efficiencies.

All these discoveries and historical milestones have contributed to the engineers being able to design gas turbines that can function at faster speeds, at higher temperatures, more efficiently with extended service lifetimes. Understanding the past is incredibly important when understanding where to push science forward in the future!


Dr. Linruo Zhao is Principal Research Officer with the Aerospace Portfolio of the National Research Council of Canada. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Metallurgy from Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials in 1988. After spending two years at the University of Manitoba as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Zhao joined the Institute for Aerospace Research of the NRC in 1991. His early work at the NRC concentrated on the processing, microstructure and mechanical properties of high-temperature materials for gas turbines. In the last 10-15 years, he focused most of his research on the design, fabrication and evaluation of protective coatings for aircraft engine components. Dr. Zhao has authored and co-authored more than 100 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He joined ASM International in 1991 and has been active in serving his local Ottawa Valley Chapter. He currently is the vice-chair of ASM Canada Council.

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) vs. Forging - May 4th, 2016
Is direct digital manufacturing a threat to forging? That is the question this presentation will explore.

Over the past decade many direct digital manufacturing or additive manufacturing technologies have been investigated with some being technically and commercially viable to make a shape. This presentation will identify the known current direct digital manufacturing technologies which compete with forging part manufacture and forging die manufacture.

The presentation will identify the activities surrounding this technical community. For instance the ASTM F-42 Committee was recently formed to standardize additive manufacturing technology with its first standard, ASTM F2792-10. Several Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies are available to produce metal parts. Whether or not these parts will compete with forgings remains to be seen. As fit-check prototypes, perhaps yes; as fatigue resistant, fracture tolerant parts, perhaps no.

It is advised that the forging industry continue to monitor AM sector to keep pace with these evolutionary or even revolutionary advances.


Mr. Jon Tirpak is currently Senior Program Manager for the SCRA Applied R&D Advanced Materials Division in Charleston, South Carolina. He is responsible for investigating, developing and implementing processes and technologies within the nation’s foundry and forging industries, to reduce lead times and costs and to improve quality of complex metal shapes. He is the Executive Director of the Forging Industry Association – Department of Defense Manufacturing Consortium and Program Manager of the Defense Logistics Agency’s FAST Program. Mr. Tirpak earned his BS in Metallurgical Engineering at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and his MS in Materials Engineering at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH. He was commissioned by the US Air Force in 1982 as a 2nd Lieutenant, working on structural failure analysis on various systems while serving at the Air Force Materials Laboratory. His second tour within the Ballistic Missile Office involved integrating the Air Force’s nuclear testing requirements which involved myriad materials and systems ultimately tested beneath the ground at the Nevada Test Site. In 1988, he departed the Air Force as a Captain, trading his blue uniform for green hiking togs to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. After completing the trail and traveling extensively through Europe and the States, he resumed his materials engineering career with a position at Universal Technology Corporation in Dayton, OH and then to Aeroquip Corporation in Ann Arbor, MI. Ultimately, he landed in Charleston, SC with SCRA Applied R&D leading programs and developing new business for the company. He is a licensed metallurgical engineer in South Carolina and Fellow and past trustee of ASM International. Mr. Tirpak has chaired the New Products and Services Committee and the Federal Affairs Committee in addition to being a member of many other committees throughout the Society culminating in his selection as Vice President in 2014.

ASM Ontario is heating things up! - April 6th, 2016
The push for efficient and sustainable industrial systems that meet high productivity requirements is growing rapidly! With 39 national jurisdictions having implemented or being scheduled to implement carbon taxes or emission trading systems, there is major demand to increase the efficiency of industrial combustion systems. Firebridge has the expertise to meet these demands through the design of industrial-combustion engineering solutions and products. Through an in-depth analysis of production, sustainability, and safety requirements, Russ Chapman, President of Firebridge, will share with you his wealth of knowledge. Come learn more about this *hot* field! Join us as we take you through the technological insights gleaned from such case studies as: low efficiency boiler replacements, use of Combined Heat and Power, steel and aluminum plant furnaces and jet melters.


Russ Chapman is the President of Firebridge Inc.. Russ has over 35 years experience in the process combustion field with extensive experience involving many processes that are combustion intensive. He has been involved in all facets of burner and furnace/oven design including working experience with a number of the major original equipment manufacturers prior to joining Firebridge in 1994. His credits include turnkey design responsibility for a greenfield Energy from Waste Plant, experience with numerous alternative fuels and a number of years acting in an advisory capacity in the development and interpretation of new safety codes and requirements for large industrial combustion systems. Russ has a Chemical Engineering education from the University of Waterloo and is a member of the PEO.

'Smart' Nanomaterials for Cancer Therapy - March 2nd, 2016
Materials science contributes to cancer treatment breakthroughs! Recent developments in nanotechnology has provided new tools for cancer therapy and diagnosis: gold nanoparticles are being used as radiation dose enhancers and anticancer drug carriers in cancer therapy.

Dr. Chithrani and her team has shown for the first time that cancer drug loaded gold nanoparticles can reach the nucleus (i.e. the brain and most desirable target in cancer therapy) of cancer cells to enhance the therapeutic effect dramatically.

In chemotherapy, smart delivery of highly toxic anticancer drugs through packaging using nanoparticles will reduce the side effects and improve the quality and care of cancer patients.

Recent advancement in nanomaterial characterization techniques will facilitate mapping of nanomaterial distribution within biological specimens to correlate the radiobiological effects due to treatment. Fate of gold nanoparticles within biological tissues can be probed using techniques such as TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) due to their high electron density.

Gold nanoparticle mediated combined chemoradiation would provide promising tools to achieve personalized and tailored cancer treatments in the near future.

Join us on March 2nd for the latest news on the role materials science is playing in cancer research!

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY - Dr. Devika Chithrani

Dr. Devika Chithrani is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Ryerson University, Canada. She is also an iBEST scientist at Li Ka Shing Knowledge institute, St. Michael hospital. Dr. Chithrani leverages nanotechnology to create innovations that advance the care of cancer patients. She is using gold nanoparticles as a radiation dose enhancer in cancer therapy. In addition, she is improving the control we have over highly toxic anticancer drugs used in chemotherapy by developing gold nanostructures and testing their intracellular effect. She was able to show for the first time that gold nanoparticles can be used as a radiation dose enhancer at clinically relevant MeV energies. This work was featured on the cover of the Journal of Radiation Research in 2010. She has been on expert panels at both ASTRO (Largest radiation oncology conference) and AAPM (Largest medical physics conference) to discuss the road map to clinical translation of gold-mediated radiosensitization. She has developed three dimensional tumor models to optimize use of nanotechnology in cancer therapy. This work was featured on the cover of Nano-Micro Letters journal. Dr. Chithrani is considered as one of the leaders in the field of nanotechnology and her publications have received over 4000 citations in few years. She is currently directing the Nanoscience and Technology Development Laboratory and her laboratory is located at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael Hospital. Dr. Chithrani has earned a strong international reputation for her innovative research through her many review articles, book chapters, and invited presentations. She is an associate editor of many nanotechnology based journals. Her passion is to develop smart nanomaterials to improve exiting cancer therapeutics. She believes that many side effects due to chemotherapy can be reduced by controlled delivery of anticancer drugs using smart nanomaterials. The improved delivery of cancer therapeutics will reduce health care costs to Canada while improving the quality of life of cancer patients. She has built a strong collaborative network with researchers from MD Anderson cancer Centre, Harvard Medical School, North Eastern University, University of Toronto, Shrerbrooke university, and Toronto Medical Discovery Tower. She has recently accepted a faculty position with Physics and Astronomy at the department of Physics, University of Victoria, BC and will continue her cancer research program at British Columbia Cancer Agency.

ASM MACHINING EVENT - February 17th and 18th, 2016
As a thank you to our registered membership and as fulfillment to our knowledge transfer mandate to the professional community, we are offering a highly discounted machining course to our members.

Participants will have two sessions of a maching course where they will be making an aluminum 3D puzzle using a milling machine (puzzle drawing attached). They will get to take home this puzzle with them when they are done. The event should be a lot of fun.

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ASM SPEED INTERVIEW - January 13th, 2016

Master the art of the self-pitch with ASM Ontario's Interview Night!

Can you convey your personal value to an employer, colleague or client in under 5 minutes? Can you evaluate talent of someone wishing to work on your team within 5 minutes? According to a study published in The British Psychological Society (link), 60% of hiring managers made their hiring decision within the first 15 minutes, 26% did it in less than 5 min and 5% made their decision in the first minute. The first 5 minutes is crucial in any discussion. ASM Ontario is teaming up with over 15 well-established materials science & engineering companies to help you build your skills and accelerate your professional development. Interview Night will introduce new members and experienced professionals to the industry through speed-interviewing sessions. Interviewees will have a rare chance to interview with anywhere between 6-7 hiring managers from different companies. Interviewees can practice their personal pitch, be it for employment, a promotion, a sale, or a pitch for a project idea. Learning how to convey your value to someone else is an invaluable skill to practice.

Interviewees at this event are not only job-seekers. Interview Night is welcome to all those looking to improve their professional skills. Your first impression is critical to your clients, colleagues and employers. Benefit from access to practiced professionals in the industry and learn how to improve your overall first impression. Practice selling your skills, personal attributes, and enthusiasm to some of the top materials science and engineering companies. Interviewees who expand their intrapersonal skills will often expand their role within their company and strengthen the business units. As an interviewer (hiring manager in attendance), you will have the opportunity to discover what new industry talent exists and what you need to do to get their attention. You'll meet the best and brightest minds in the industry and learn what they are looking for in their next role. Your ability to attract talent to your firm will be graded by the interviewees and you will realize how difficult it is to in fact be on the opposite side of the table.

Who are we as Materials Engineers and Scientists? December 2nd, 2015
As ASM Ontario Chapter members we all have this in common: a profound interest in Materials Science and Engineering, its advancement in technology, and its presence in an ever-evolving industry. Our technical talks share with our community the many facets of this field and aim to not only educate, but also inspire.

This month’s speaker will engage us in a discussion of the development of her career in Materials Science and Engineering and her roles in the manufacturing and quality engineering environments. Using examples from HVOF thermal spraying, investment casting, and customer support, her experience will demonstrate many of the diverse opportunities for Materials Scientists and Engineers.

If you’re looking for an example of why our Chapter loves to focus on synergy then don’t miss our December event with Rachel Collier!

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY - Rachel Collier, B.Sc

Rachel Collier received her B.Sc. in Materials and Quality Engineering in 2005 from the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. At that time, she worked as a Senior Technician for Zurich Risk Engineering, which specializes in welder qualification and material testing. Rachel then moved on to a position with Deloro Stellite in Swindon, UK, where she worked as a materials engineer. In 2009, she moved to Deloro Stellite’s sister division in Belleville, which is now owned by Kennametal Inc. Today, Rachel works as a Senior Materials Engineer, Material Sciences, for Kennametal, and is studying for a Master’s Degree in Materials Science at Carleton University in Ottawa. Rachel currently lives in Belleville with her husband Jason, and their nine-year-old daughter, Isabelle.

Forensic engineering vs. failure analysis - What is the difference?
The forensic engineering analysis of product failures has matured significantly over the past two decades in Canada. Recently, PEO became the first Canadian regulator to undertake development of guidelines and best practices for the professional practice of forensic engineering in a consistent, unbiased and ethical manner.

‘Forensic engineering’ is primarily concerned with determination of cause and assisting with the determination of (i) liability and (ii) award of damages in litigation cases. ‘Failure analysis’ will be categorized as a subset of forensic engineering practice. Accordingly, clear establishment of scope, objectives and costs of an investigation with potential clients is paramount for advancing the practice and will be discussed.

In any case, a comprehensive product failure investigation necessitates the identification and analysis of all relevant contributing factors. Accordingly, the forensic engineer is usually faced with the task of having to rank or eliminate contributing factors to determine causality. Using a few instructive case studies, this presentation will demonstrate procedures on how contributing factors in a product failure analysis investigation can be quantified to assist the client with determination of liability in an unbiased manner.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY - Doug D. Perovic, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
University of Toronto

Dr. Perovic obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Materials Science (MSE) and Engineering at the University of Toronto. Subsequently he worked at the Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council Canada and the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He joined MSE at U of T in 1992 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 1997 where shortly thereafter he was appointed as Chairman of the Department. In 2000 Dr. Perovic championed the world’s first undergraduate degree program in nanotechnology at the University of Toronto. A renowned authority on forensic engineering and failure analysis, Dr. Perovic has led many investigations in Canada and the United States, often serving as the voice of the profession in the media on high profile cases. He developed and teaches the only undergraduate and graduate university level course on Forensic Engineering in Canada. Dr. Perovic is the Celestica Chair in Materials for Microelectronics, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS), Senior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto and co-director of the newly established Ontario Centre for Characterization of Advanced Materials (OCCAM).

Forensic engineering vs. failure analysis - What is the difference?

With the world's demand for energy steadily increasing, how will the next generation of energy systems and technologies meet future energy needs? Thirteen nations have come together to form the Generation IV International Forum and design a solution.
Join us this October for a discussion of Canada's participation in this major endeavour. As a member of the Generation IV International Forum for the research and development of the next generation nuclear energy system, Canada has been developing a pressure-tube type supercritical water reactor (SCWR) concept. This talk will first present the salient features of the SCWR and the current status of the Canadian pressure tube concept. The focus will then shift to the specific material performance requirements of the fuel cladding and the corrosion and stress corrosion cracking research that is being conducted at McMaster University to populate this critical material property space.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY - Joseph Kish, P.Eng., Ph.D.

Joseph Kish received his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from McMaster University in 1999. He joined NORAM Engineering & Constructors Limited (Vancouver, BC) in January of 1998 as a Materials Specialist. In this role, he provided materials selection support for project design teams in all major areas of business, including nitration processes, sulphuric acid manufacture, and electrochemical synthesis. In April of 2000, he joined FPInnovations – Paprican (Vancouver, BC) as a Corrosion Scientist. There, he was responsible for conducting research on corrosion and materials selection for pulp and paper mills.

He joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering faculty in July 2008. His research interest includes corrosion and its control of structural materials in the automotive, aerospace, energy generation and chemical processing industries.

ASM Ontario 2015/2016 Opening Ceremonies
September 16th, 2015

On Wednesday, September 16th, let's kickoff the start to an exciting year with our ASM Ontario Opening Ceremonies at Trafalgar Ales and Meads brewery in Oakville! Our Opening Ceremonies will welcome new and current members with a technical tour of the facilities by a chemical engineer brewmaster and guided tastings of the Ontario craft brewery's award-winning offerings. Join us for a great opportunity to learn more about our Chapter, upcoming events, and to have fun!

If you are curious about the role materials science plays in brewing delicious ales and meads or are simply interested in having a good time with the Chapter, this event will not be one to miss!

For more information, check out http://thetrafalgarclub.com .

  • Event will take place at The Trafalgar Club located at 1156 Speers Rd. in Oakville.
  • Tours will start at 6:30pm sharp.
  • Appetizer-style meals will be provided.
  • Space is limited so register early!
Quality Assurance Activities for Corrosion Resistant Membranes in Pressure Vessels
Apr 1st, 2015
The operating conditions of several process vessels in the hydrometallurgical sector are so severe that engineers employ carbon steel with corrosion-resistant cladding such as titanium, zirconium and tantalum; high nickel alloy weld overlay; or the use of corrosion resistant membranes. Corrosion resistant membranes may be constructed of halogenated synthetic rubbers, vinyl ester resins, fluoropolymers, bituminous mastic, or homogeneously bonded lead.

The quality and integrity of such membranes is of the utmost importance to the safe operation and 20+ years of service life for such vessels. A number of these membranes have been working in acid leach reactors, pressure oxidation autoclaves, hydrogen sulphide (H2S) precipitation reactors, pressure letdown vessels, and off-gas cyclones.

Murray Pearson will review the quality control activities undertaken for several recently completed and on-going hydrometallurgical projects, including pre-qualification, validation testing, material verification, contamination control, discontinuity (holiday) testing, non-destructive examination and assisted/enhanced visual inspection.

While it is not possible to cover all of the quality control activities associated with the installation of corrosion resistant membranes mentioned, some of the important performance-based quality control criteria and standard methods for evaluating membrane installation prior to putting it into actual service will be highlighted.

Murray S. Pearson, P.Eng

Murray Pearson graduated with a B.E. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1989. Since then, he has gained 24 years of experience in mechanical engineering and design of specialty chemical and metallurgical process plants, including a diverse background in instrumentation, estimating, procurement and project engineering. His project assignments include feasibility studies, basic engineering and detailed design of autoclave facilities & related processes for the oxidation & extraction of non-ferrous metals such as gold, silver, nickel, cobalt, and copper. His assignments have included extensive site work on a variety of projects for strontium refining, TiO2 purification, as well as nylon-6 polymer, automotive paint, anti-oxidants, and organic acids production.

His field experience includes construction, inspection and commissioning of several novel chemical process (CPI) facilities, start-up support for Rio Tinto Fer-et-Titane’s synthetic rutile upgrade (UGS) facility, commissioning & start-up of a pressure oxidative leach circuit for Anglovaal Minerals’ COSAC Project in Zambia. From 2006 to 2012, Murray oversaw the mechanical design of the world’s largest pressure oxidation facility, constructed by Hatch for the Pueblo Viejo Project, a 24 000 t/d capacity refractory gold plant located in the Dominican Republic owned by Barrick Gold Corporation (60%) and Goldcorp Inc. (40%).

As Principal Mechanical Engineer for Hatch’s Autoclave Technology Group, he is responsible for technical oversight, hiring and training of engineers, designers and technicians for mechanical, materials and piping disciplines. His responsibilities include research & development of new technologies, autoclave applications, patents, and intellectual property related to pressure hydrometallurgy. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and Saskatchewan, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Canadian Institute of Mining, and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Also, Murray has worked on projects in countries including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, United States of America, and Zambia.


- Mar 4th, 2015
A Joint Event With:

The structure of materials greatly affects their behaviour and applications in society. So, changing a material’s nucleation, wettability, and adhesion properties can alter the performance of the material in the way you want! Dr. Benjamin Hatton has been researching just that.

Dr Hatton's “Microstructured Surfaces & Adaptive Materials” group in the University of Toronto, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, is interested in how nano and microstructured material surfaces can be designed to:

Prevent ice adhesion,
Control crystal nucleation, and
Repel a wide variety of complex liquids, solvents, suspensions and biological species such as blood clots and bacteria.

One recent development are Slippery Liquid-infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS), which can be described as 'omniphobic', and are being adapted for a range of biomedical applications.

Dr. Hatton received his undergraduate degree in materials science from Queen's University, his Master of Science in Engineering from McMaster University specializing in ceramics nano-composite engineering, and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto under the co-supervision of University Professor Geoffrey Ozin (Chemistry) and Professor Doug Perovic. Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Hatton took up a post-doctoral appointment at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan, followed by another post-doctoral position at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA under the supervision of Dr. Joanna Aizenberg. He then assisted in the relocation of Dr. Aizenberg's lab to the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University where he continued his work as a staff scientist. In 2012, Dr. Hatton returned to U of T as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

Dr. Benjamin Hatton is an assistant professor of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on nature-inspired materials that have multiple biochemical functions and structures formed by self-assembly. Some of his most recent work has involved patterning surfaces and surface structure to change wettability and adhesion properties for anti-ice and anti-bacterial applications, flexible elastomer sheets with an artificial vascular network built in that cuts down on energy loss through windows in buildings, as well as an inert surface coating baterial that prevents blood clots without the use of anticoagulants.


ASM Young Professional Night - Trampoline Dodgeball!
Feb 4th, 2015

It’s that time of year again, Trampoline Dodgeball with ASM!

On Wednesday, February 4th, join us and other young professionals for a night of fun trampoline dodgeball at Sky Zone, in Mississauga!! Space is limited so register quickly!

ASM’s Young Professional Night is a great event for people to network with students, industry professionals, and senior engineers. This casual environment is a great place to speak to new people and ask questions that can help with career insights and goals. Don’t worry, playing dodgeball well will not affect your chances of meeting great people!

For more information, check http://www.skyzonesports.com/.

  • Limo service from McMaster and UofT for first 14 students that register.
  • McMaster Students – register by contacting Lina Gamar at lina.qamar@gmail.com
  • UofT Students – register by contacting Kevin Cole at kevin.cole@mail.utoronto.ca
Tips and Details:
  • Limo pick-up for students at 5:30pm sharp. Ride with style.
  • Complete and submit waivers for registration (click here for waiver).
  • Comes with sock rental. We advise wearing appropriate athletic wear (you will sweat!).
  • There are no change rooms, only bathrooms.
  • Bring water, but no food.


Biomaterials – Where Are We Now and Where Are We Heading?
- Jan 14th, 2015
Society has spent centuries preventing iron corrosion, making aluminum more malleable and casting brass without cracking. These three structural materials have advanced society more so than anyone studying these materials in their infancy could have ever predicted. The time has come now to add another material to that list. The next structural material that needs to be studied is calcium phosphate.

It sounds strange, however when you take the time to pause and think, calcium phosphate is more important to us than steel, aluminum and brass combined. Calcium phosphate is the material that composes human bone and acts as the structural material for our bodies.

We all, at least vaguely, understand the advances in structural materials which exist outside of the body, however how much do we really understand about the structural materials that reside within our body? And what do we do when those structures fail? With our aging society and increasing desire to live longer, fuller lives, the next societal revolution is coming from biomaterials and our ability to make replacements that integrate better, and last longer. New manufacturing technologies and advanced characterization techniques are opening up new possibilities for the bionic man of the 21st century.

If you’re wondering what we have done as a society with biomaterials, and where we are heading, you will not want to miss Dr. Kathryn Grandfield’s discussion on the topic.

Kathryn Grandfield - Assistant Professor Materials Science and Engineering

Prof. Grandfield earned a B.Eng. and Master’s of Applied Science in Materials Science and Engineering from McMaster University (2008, 2010), and a PhD from Uppsala University (2012). After spending several months as a visiting scientist at the University of Antwerp, she completed a post-doctoral position at the University of California, San Francisco. Prof. Grandfield is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Associate Member of the McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering. Her research interests center on the improvement of electron microscopy techniques for biomaterials characterization and development, in particular on using focused ion beam microscopy and electron tomography to understand soft-hard tissue interfaces and mechanisms of biomineralization.

Metallography… But Without Destroying It - Dec 3rd, 2014
Typically metallography conducted in a lab starts with cutting and tampering with the part of interest. Although fun, the destructive nature has limits for assessing massive equipment and parts intended for continued use.
In an effort to minimize destructive testing, "In-situ metallography" is a useful trick for examining components' microstructures without hurting or cutting them.
After a brief review of steel microstructures, this talk introduces in-situ metallography and examples of its use within the petroleum and energy industries.

Shane Turcott – Principal Metallurgist, Steel Image Inc.

Shane Turcott graduated with his B.Eng and M.A.Sc in Materials Engineering from McMaster University. He has performed failure analysis for various employers including: Dofasco, Bodycote and Liburdi Turbine Services. In 2009, he founded Steel Image, which specializes in failure analysis and on-site, in-situ metallography. He has performed work in various places around the world supporting petroleum, mining, automotive and energy industries. In addition to his industrial successes, he is also the past Chair of ASM Ontario. It is about time he gave a talk!

This event was sponsored by:
Elemental Compositions of Over 80 Cell Phones - Nov 5th, 2014
While the use of cell phones increases, the materials used to fabricate this generation’s technological addiction are gaining more and more interest. Over the last few years, numerous cell phones have been disassembled, ground up, dissolved and analyzed to identify what metals, metalloids and non-metals are used. This November, join Dr. Bev Christian, from Blackberry, as he walks us through the analysis of cell phone elements, proposes possible sources materials, and justifies the interest in particular elements that make up the new tool we all have.

Bev Christian – Blackberry

Hailing from the University of New Brunswick, where Bev earned his honours chemistry BSc, he moved to McMaster where he received a PhD in inorganic chemistry. Since then, he has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Alberta, taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia and been a researcher for Fiberglas Canada.

Dr. Christian spent his first 10 years in the electronics industry at Nortel, where he ran a materials lab and won several awards, including three President's Awards for his environmental work. For the last thirteen years he has been at Research In Motion/Blackberry where he is currently the Director of the Materials Interconnect Lab. Specific areas of interest include solderability, corrosion and environmental compliance.

He has been a member of ASM since 1991. He is a Member of Technical Distinction of the Surface Mount Technology Association, one of two Canadians. He also sits IEC Technical Committee 111 and on several of the standards committees of the IPC, where he chairs the Corrosion of Metal Finishes Task Group. He is also an active stamp collector!

Please join us 5 November to learn about this quickly developing technology.