SFU Physics Announces Dr. Howard Malm Graduate Award in Physics

June 04, 2015

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dr. Howard Malm Graduate Award in Physics. This award is intended to recognize and provide funding to an outstanding graduate student in the Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University. It was made possible by a generous donation by Dr. Howard Malm, who completed his PhD in the department in 1971.

After completing his MSc in Physics from the University of Alberta and spending time working for Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL), Dr. Malm came to SFU to undertake PhD research in Physics. Upon completion of his PhD in 1971, he returned to AECL to continue his work in nuclear spectroscopy. Shortly afterwards, he moved to the private sector where he developed measurement, control, and diagnostic systems for the nuclear power industry, and later for natural gas production. Among many accomplishments of his successful career, Dr. Malm has contributed to significant improvements in nuclear spectroscopy and holds patents to technologies that assist in the reduction of over 500,000 tonnes of CO2  emissions per year.

Dr. Howard Malm
The creation of the Howard Malm Graduate Award in Physics deepens the already strong links between this donor and SFU. Dr. Malm met his wife, Caroline during his PhD studies at the university, and both of their sons are SFU alumni. Additionally, he cites his PhD supervisor, Dr. Rudi Haering as an inspirational mentor who encouraged him to question current ideas, and proceed systematically towards a project goal. These skills have contributed to Dr. Malm’s ability to discover and take advantage of new opportunities throughout his successful career.