Micralyne Announces Winner of Microsystems Design Award

December 01, 2005

Edmonton, Alberta, December 1, 2005 – Micralyne Inc., a developer and OEM manufacturer of MEMS components, is pleased to announce that Behraad Bahreyni from the University of Manitoba has won the annual Micralyne sponsored Microsystems Design Award for 2005. Under the supervision of Dr. Cyrus Shafai, Mr. Bahreyni designed a new magnetometer for power electronic applications, while demonstrating complete system with MMS and other electronic circuits. The purpose of the project was to design, fabricate, and test a micromachined magnetometer with a frequency modulated output. A standard MEMS fabrication process at Micralyne (MicragemTM) was used to develop devices for this innovative application. The award, valued at $3,000, was presented to Mr. Bahreyni at the CMC Microsystems 2005 Annual Symposium in Ottawa.

The Micralyne Microsystems Design Award is granted to a university researcher or post graduate student who demonstrates the most novel and industrially-relevant research results in the areas of microsystems including MEMS, Microfluidics, materials research and system-related developments. This competition is targeted at microsystems applications including telecommunications, health care, automobile, aerospace, environment and more. The competition welcomes projects using unique substrates, materials, and structures, as well as other traditional and non-traditional microsystems research.
Chris Lumb Presenting Micralyne Microsystems Design Award

This award is just one example of Micralyne’s overall commitment to higher education, building on the $400,000 of annual combined support provided to the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

“The design is novel, experimentally verified, and has viable application in the bio-medical industry. This is a difficult problem addressed by exploiting the AC electrokinematics phenomenon, which can be extended to nanoscale applications. Good presentation,” stated the three award judges: Dr. Sazzadur Chowdhury, University of Windsor; Dr. Doug Pincock, Amirix Systems; and Dr. Suwas Nikumb, National Research Council (NRC).

This award allows us to build a stronger relationship with Canadian university researchers in the area of MEMS and microfluidics,” said Chris Lumb, President of Micralyne. “Through this award, we hope to showcase the talent in Canada doing MEMS research and development and create awareness about the potential impact these new applications have for the future.”

Dr. Brian Barge, the President and CEO of CMC Microsystems, the corporation that facilitates the application process for the award, emphasizes the critical role of Canadian industry leaders such as Micralyne in growing Canada’s competitive global edge in MEMS and microfluidics:

“CMC’s strategic partnerships among academia, government and industry leaders make it possible for Canada to develop some of the most highly skilled researchers in the world. Our partnership with Micralyne enables university faculty and post-graduate students such as Mr. Bahreyni to access the same microfluidics research capability as private industry. These highly qualified personnel turn knowledge into wealth by providing a strong foundation for the development of innovative applications, new products and companies in all economic sectors.”

For more details on the Microsystems Design Award and the judging criteria please view www.cmc.ca/news/awards.

About CMC Microsystems
CMC Microsystems builds partnerships among government, industry and universities to enable and accelerate Canada’s global competitiveness in microsystems. As Canada’s leader in the provision of nationally-distributed infrastructure for microsystems research and technology development, CMC provides leading-edge tools and technologies for world-class research leading to innovation and commercialization of microsystems.

Established in 1984, CMC is a non-profit corporation funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC), with matching contributions from industry in the form of technology, services and cash. CMC also manages major grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT) through Queen’s University, and administers additional funds from the provinces of Québec and Manitoba. CMC’s membership includes 42 universities, one college, and 29 industrial organizations. More information is available at www.cmc.ca.

About Micralyne
Micralyne develops and manufactures microfabricated and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems)-based products. Micralyne is one of the largest independent companies in the world that manufactures MEMS in high volumes. MEMS technology is built on the premise of making industrial components smaller, faster and less expensive and facilitates radical improvements in the miniaturization of electronic and mechanical devices. These types of devices are used in many industries including communications, automotive, aerospace, and life sciences. More specifically, Micralyne’s micron-scale solutions (i.e. 1000 microns = 1 millimetre) are found in automotive emission sensors, optical switching technology in telecommunication networks, lab-on-a-chip devices for drug discovery, and commercial press equipment for printing today’s most popular magazines. Micralyne is a profitable and growing company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

For further information contact:
Mr. Chris Lumb
President & CEO
Micralyne Inc.
1911 – 94 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6N 1E6
Phone: 780-431-4400
clumb@micralyne.com