Randy Skagen (left) presented the 2018 J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecture Award and the 2018 Benjamin F. Fairless Award to John Speer (right).
J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecture
History and Purpose
The AIST J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecture Award was established in 1999 to honor Dr. J. Keith Brimacombe’s outstanding accomplishments in the area of process metallurgy, his dedication to the steel industry and his profound effect on people in the industry. This award shall be selected every other year on the even year. The honorary lecturer shall present a lecture on a subject of particular interest to the association two years following selection (i.e., selection in January 2014, presentation in 2016).
Nominations shall be made by submitting the AIST Award Nomination Form. Three letters of endorsement, a biography and a proposed citation are required with the nomination. This award shall be selected every other year on the even year. The honorary lecturer shall present a lecture on a technical subject of particular interest to the association two years following selection (i.e., selection in January 2014, presentation in 2016).
All nomination information is considered confidential to the AIST Board of Directors, the Awards & Recognition Program Committee and its subcommittees.
This award is granted in recognition of an individual dedicated to the steel industry to acquaint members, students and engineers with the many exciting opportunities that exist in the area of process metallurgy and to inspire them to pursue careers in this field. Lecture topic shall be provided to and approved by the AISTech Conference Planning Committee chair.
The AIST Awards and Recognition Program Committee shall select a final candidate.
About J. Keith Brimacombe
Awarded posthumously, J . Keith Brimacombe, at the time of his death, was president and chief executive officer of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, an independent, not-for-profit corporation established in May 1997 with funds from the federal government. Prior to that, he held the Alcan Chair in Materials Process Engineering and was director of the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he had been a faculty member since 1970.
The author of more than 300 publications in process analysis and design, he received 19 best paper awards and numerous other honors including TMS Fellowship, ISS Distinguished Membership, TMS Extractive Metallurgy Lecturer, ASM Campbell Lecturer and ISS Howe Memorial Lecturer. He earned a B.ASc. degree at UBC and a Ph.D. at Imperial College. Dr. Brimacombe was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the CIM; and was an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 1997, he won the Canada Gold Medal for Science and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering as a foreign associate. In 1994, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the Colorado School of Mines. He was a past president of the CIM Metallurgical Society and was the first chairman of the TMS Extraction and Processing Division. Dr. Brimacombe was the 1993 president of TMS and the 1995 ISS president. In 1996, he was elected to the United Engineering Board of Trustees and as the 1999 AIME president; in 1997, he received the AIME Distinguished Service Award.