Message from the Director

The role of the Manitoba Institute for Materials is to develop and enhance opportunities for research partnerships and personnel training at the University of Manitoba and in the prairie region. We have just commissioned a state-of-the-art research and training facility specializing in materials and composites characterization. This exciting core facility has been funded through partnerships with SFR, FEI, GE, CIC, Western Economic Diversification, the Province of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba. Our world-class infrastructure is available for use by members, collaborators and industrial partners. Our goal is to support leading edge research and game-changing industrial development.

The Institute co-ordinates undergraduate and graduate level courses that include hands-on training in the new facility. Our annual conference draws from the surrounding region and provides a showcase for research excellence as well as providing the networking opportunities that foster new connections. We represent a diverse but interconnected group of researchers that hold regular seminars and discussion series that highlight local and visiting experts.

Materials are at the cornerstone of all aspects of our economy: we draw on resources in the earth to provide raw materials, we create the newest technologies with them and incorporate these capabilities in the design of every device and structure that we use. Just as it impacts society and the economy, materials research represents a significant fraction of the research and partnerships based at the University of Manitoba and underpins much of the diversity and growth potential in the regional economy.

If you are interested in participating in the institute or partnering with members of the institute to grapple with an interesting materials challenge, we look forward to an opportunity to meet and discuss how we can assist you.

Yours sincerely,

Derek Oliver


Derek Oliver TEM Photo