IOM3 Awards 2016

The winners of the 2016 awards are listed below and will be presented throughout the year.

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Premier Awards

Bessemer Gold Medal

Awarded to Alan W Cramb (IIT). Alan is an internationally respected metallurgist, was recently appointed as President of the Illinois Institute of Technology. This appointment was preceded by a seven year period as the Provost and Senior Vice President of the same institution. He has a long standing reputation within the iron and steel community for his research into many facets of the associated processes, particularly steelmaking and casting. He has an outstanding reputation in this field with more than 200 publications and two patents, but more critically he has high level credibility with the steel producers in North America and in other World areas. Alan's contribution to the North American Steel Industry has been recognised by numerous awards including Frank B McKune Award, Robert Woolston Hunt Award, Benjamin Richard Teare Award, Benjamin Fairless Award. Most significantly, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.

Sir Andrew Bryan Award

Awarded to Guy Bridges, CEng MIMMM (Aecom, Hong Kong). Guy has been an active member of the HK Branch Council since 2006. He has served as Branch Secretary from 2007 to 2009, and served two terms as Branch President. He also undertook the role of local membership coordinator from 2009 to 2013 organising the scrutineering and local peer group interviews. Guy's professional contributions to the construction, tunneling and geotechnical industry in Hong Kong, the Far East and the United Kingdom are substantial. Guy has successfully led the Hong Kong IOM3 branch in organising two important two- day conferences here in Hong Kong in 2009, for which he was the Secretary of the Organising Committee, and the very successful Underground Design and Construction Conference 2015, which he oversaw as Branch President. Both with over 300 attendees, exhibition booths, and peer-reviewed papers, which were published in bound proceedings establishing the profile of the IOM3 as one of the premier technical Institutes in the region. Guy has been very active in giving presentations to younger engineers to enhance their knowledge and has actively supported the HK Branch involvement in the Young Persons' Lecture Competition. He has conducted numerous international field trips including Thailand; Vietnam; Singapore; Indonesia and most recently, Malaysia, which accommodated 24 participants from the HK Branch, most of them young engineers. 

Chapman Medal

Awarded to David Farrar, MInstP CPhys CSci FIMMM – Smith-Nephew (S&N). David has combined a career in the medical device industry with active involvement in the wider scientific community. He has worked for S&N in the biomaterials R&D field for nearly 30 years, bringing several new products and materials to market and ensuring that the highest scientific standards are applied in the development of the company's products. In particular, David is a recognised expert in the field of bioresorbable polymers and composites. He has carried out fundamental research and modelling work to understand, control and predict the degradation of these materials, the impact of which has been twofold. First, it has directly led to the development of improved biocomposite materials and exploited in S&N's proprietary Regenesorb material which is used in several of its soft tissue fixation products including interference screws and suture anchors. Secondly, it has led to improved and accelerated test methods which have helped to shorten the product development cycle. David has acted as industrial supervisor to more than 20 PhD students funded by S&N. He has also contributed to biomaterials education at undergraduate level as a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester, and a regular guest lecturer at several other UK universities, including Bradford and Nottingham. In the wider materials/biomaterials community, David has served on numerous committees, advisory boards and steering groups.

Medal for Excellence

Awarded to Steve Bedford CEng FIMMM (BP). Steve  steps down from his position as Oil & Gas Chair in 2015, so this award serves as recognition to his contribution over the last 15 years in bringing the industry closer and in communication with other engineering disciplines, identifying the role institutional involvement and interaction would develop, and the gap it would address. In his early career post-graduation in deep mines, Steve developed an understanding of the role ('the glue') the Institute of Mining Engineers (IMinE) played in the industry and was aware how the Institution created and supported an environment of continuity and understanding outside line management. Employment came from the expanding UK oil and gas mid 80's (as UK's deep mining operations started their decline), a new industry in the UK, previous experience broadly gained on assets overseas. In the early 60s was the discovery of hydrocarbons in commercial quantities, followed by production climbing 70s as UKCS super fields came in. In response, the industry expanded rapidly throughout the 70s into the late 80s. In 1988, the young, can-do dynamic industry was brought to earth with the Piper Alpha offshore disaster and loss of 168 offshore personnel. The aftermath and study of the causes of the disaster were published by the Cullen Enquiry and in studying the findings, Steve recognised the role the Institute of Mining Engineers had played in supporting the development of the UK's deep coal mining industry, from a highly hazardous, labour intensive operation of the mid 1800s when the mining institutions were formed in response to the challenges of the day to increase the safety and efficiency of its activities, through to late 20th century operations, with highly mechanised, and high standards of safety well managed. It was Steve who saw that involvement with the Mining Institute of Scotland would establish a link to the local society, and its experience and retained knowledge to promote safety and efficiency in the present day oil and gas industry. The growth and success of the oil and gas division is founded on Steve's insight, vision, and persistence overcoming early inertia with-in the industry. The Oil & Gas division is now well-established within IOM3, networked with other professional institutions and set for further growth domestically and internationally. 

Futers Gold Medal

Awarded to Joannes Jacobus le Roux Cilliers, FREng, MBA, PhD, CEng, FCGI, FIChemE, FIMMM (Imperial College). Jan is the Head of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. His Department has 45 academic staff, 200 support and research staff, 600 PhD, MSc and UG students and an annual operating budget in excess of £30m. Under his leadership since 2011, the Department has become the top rated in the UK (Times Higher, 2015), with excellence in Teaching Quality (99.9%), Research Quality (59.6%, the top score) and the Student Experience (99.2%). Annually, a quarter of undergraduates from the Department take on roles in the extractive industries. In the 2014 REF, the Impact of the Research and the Research Environment were the highest in its class. His leadership in mining-related education is also international. He serves on the International Mineral Processing Council, and chaired the Commission on Education, which researched and published a worldwide survey on mineral process engineering talent supply and demand. This for the first time, identified the numbers of graduates in China and South America, and identified future shortages. Jan's research is in the field of mineral flotation; it focuses specifically on the froth phase and the physics of foams and froths. His research goal is to develop control methods and design equipment for industrial application. His key research success was to identify and quantify the effect of froth stability on flotation performance. A methodology for measuring and optimising froth stability was patented, developed, and is now applied in copper and platinum operations, with significant financial and sustainability benefits. He pioneered the use of Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) for flotation and donated a scanner to the University of Cape Town to establish a South African PEPT facility. Jan has published more than 100 technical papers in journals and has been cited thousands of times. He holds six patents; in flotation control, froth stability measurement, image analysis and froth data analysis. In 2010, he was elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer, and in 2013 was made a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute for his role in education. He served on MP&EM, is a Fellow of IOM3, Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Member of Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

Griffith Medal and Prize

Awarded to Professor Yiu Wing Mai, AM FRS FREng FAA FTSE (University of Sydney). Mai is distinguished for seminal work on fracture mechanics and materials science of advanced engineering materials. Through his many publications in the past four decades, Mai has made outstanding and lasting contributions to scientific and engineering knowledge in several research areas. These include: (a) a unified crack-wake bridging model for strengthening and toughening of coarse-grained ceramics, cementitious materials and stitched/z-pinned composite laminates, which revolutionises the microstructure design of these materials; (b) new fracture mechanics models for evaluation of fibre/matrix interface properties from single fibre pull-out, push-in and fragmentation tests leading to the design of high toughness composites; (c) a theoretical framework for the essential work of fracture method to measure toughness of ductile materials, especially polymer thin films and papers/newsprints; (d) development of superhard (>40 GPa) nanocomposites coatings on forming tools for green manufacturing through control of deposition processing parameters, microstructures and residual stresses; and (e) nonlinear fracture mechanics of electromagnetic materials involving the development of theoretical models and their applications to fracture characterization in the presence of magneto-electro-thermo-mechanical coupling and dissipative effects. In recent years, Mai has focused his research efforts on polymer nanocomposites in which nano-sized particles (<100 nm) are incorporated into polymer matrices. He is making important continuing contributions on: (a) basic understanding of the deformation, failure and toughening mechanisms of polymer nanocomposites; (b) new syntheses and fabrication methods of multi-scale hierarchical reinforcements; and (c) multifunctional applications such as fire retardancy, permeability, optical transparency, electrical and thermal conductivities, and cathodes/anodes in Li-ion batteries.
Mai's research results have also influenced engineering practice with global impact. Some examples are the developments of asbestos-free cements using cellulose fibres (James Hardie Coy Pty Ltd), superhard machining tools coated with nanocomposites (General Motors, China), testing protocol for essential work of fracture (ESIS-TC4), and improved composites manufacturing processes, such as pultrusion, thermoforming and stitching/z-pinning (Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures). Mai received the RILEM Award and Robert L'Hermite Medal (1981), AFG Achievement Award (2000), and Takeo Yokobori Gold Medal (2013) among others. He was elected FRS (2008), FREng (2011), FAA (2001) and FTSE (1992). He was made AM (2010) for service to engineering and was conferred an honorary DSc (2013) by Hong Kong University in recognition of his contributions to scientific research and society.

Institute’s International Medal

Awarded to Alberto Dias, CGeol  CEng FGS FRGS MIMMM (Jacobs, Hong Kong). Alberto was originally employed by the C.S.I.R.O. in Canberra, followed by a brief stint with the Australian Geological Survey Organisation. He was subsequently employed by the Australian Government and was then seconded to the Hong Kong Government. Following his relocation to Hong Kong, Alberto then moved to the private sector and was employed by Halcrow (now CH2MHill), Maunsell (now AECOM) and finally by Jacobs. Alberto was elected to the IOM3(HK) Branch Committee as Honorary Secretary in 2005, a role that he maintained until the end of the 2006 Session. He was then elected as President (for two terms) from 2007 to 2010 and was subsequently elected as Honorary Treasurer from 2011 to the present. Alberto is now the longest standing member of the Branch, since its original registration in 1984. When he first became involved with the Branch in 2005, the Branch was organising a steady number of events for members. However, since that time, both the number and caliber of these events has steadily increased as has recognition of the IOM3 brand locally. Monthly committee meetings, site visits and technical presentations together with overseas field visits, seminars and symposiums have enabled IOM3(HK) to grow from a members-only mailing list of 150 to a circulation list with over 1,500 subscribers. The degree of industry penetration that this expanded circulation list enables now ensures fully subscribed events at all times. Notably, it was the "Hong Kong Tunnelling Conference, 2009" that firmly established IOM3's local relevance (550 pax attendance) and Alberto was a key driver of this event and was key to its success. He was also key to the success of the follow-up event, "Underground Design and Construction Conference, 2015", which took place in September (350 pax attendance). His support, initiative and perseverance have firmly placed IOM3 on an equal footing with long-standing local Institutions. In addition, the financial returns from the conferences now enables IOM3(HK) to provide fully-subsidised industry seminars, which will further ensure the continued recognition of IOM3 and will inevitably lead to greater numbers of membership applications. 

Platinum Medal

Awarded to Sue Ion OBE FREng CEng FIMMM. Sue is an outstanding ambassador for IOM3. She spoke at the IOM3 event to celebrate the first National Women in Engineering Day in June 2014 - everyone was very impressed and she inspired many to consider a career in industry. Sue is a non-Executive Director on the Board of the Laboratory of the UK Health and Safety Executive and sits on the Scientific Advisory Group of the Department for Energy and Climate Change. She was a member of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (1994–2001), a member of the UK Council for Science and Technology (2004–2011), a member of Council for EPSRC (2005–2010) and Chaired the Fusion Advisory Board for the Research Councils (2006–2012). Her background is in materials science/metallurgy. She gained a first class honours from Imperial College in 1976, and a PhD in 1979, before joining BNFL where she was Group Director of Technology during 1992-2006. She was appointed Visiting Professor at Imperial College in 2006, and of London South Bank University in 2011, and has been a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Manchester since 2004. She has held an Honorary Professorship at the University of Central Lancashire since the beginning of 2007. Sue represents the UK on a number of international review and oversight committees for the nuclear sector including the Euratom Science and Technology Committee, which she Chairs, and the US Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Advisory committee. She was the UK's representative on the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy during 2000–2006 and was Vice President and Member of Council for the Royal Academy of Engineering between 2002 and 2008. She was the Royal Academy of Engineering's representative on the UK Government's Energy Research Partnership.

Rosenhain Medal & Prize

Awarded to Magda Titirici (Queen Mary University). Magda joined QMUL in 2013, after an independent Max-Planck fellowship and Habilitation at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany. Prof Titirici is the inventor of a new route to produce carbon materials using low cost and highly abundant biomass/biowaste precursors under mild hydrothermal conditions. This process allows tuning the morphology, porosity, surface functionalities and structure of the resulting carbon materials by simply adjusting the operating condition of the hydrothermal carbonisation. She has proven that this process can be applied at large scale for the production of carbonaceous materials from biomass by collaborating with various SMEs in Germany (i.e. SunCoal, Carbon Solutions, AVA-CO2), Sweden (Biokol), Spain (Ingelia) and more recently UK (Antaco, CPL Industries). Prof Titirici and her research team have demonstrated that the sustainable carbon materials produced using such simple hydrothermal process are excellent candidates for a wide range of applications from electrodes in energy storage (Na-ion, Li-ion, Li-S, supercapacitors) to electrocatalysts replacing Platinum at the cathodes of PEMFCs, as well as adsorbents in water purification, CO2 capture, and precious metal recycling. Recently, Magda and her research team have confirmed that the HTC technology is also able to generate florescent carbon nanoparticles with good quantum yields and high stability. The group is currently investigating the structure-optical properties in these materials as potential replacement for the toxic and difficult to make inorganic semiconductor quantum dots. Prof Titirici is currently working several companies such as Johnson&Matthey and Caterpillar towards commercial applications of HTC materials in Na-ion batteries and fuel cell electrocatalysis. Only 10 years past her PhD, Prof. Titirici has around 6,500 citations an h-index of 43, over 150 publications, 10 edited books and book chapters and several patents on hydrothermal carbonisation technology and related applications. She has already supervised over 25 early career researchers, some of which are already having prestigious academic or industrial positions across the world.

Rowbotham Medal & Prize

Awarded to Dr Tom Taylor Eng, CEng, MIMMM (Tata Steel). Tom is a Senior Metallurgist at Tata Steel's Strip Products division at Port Talbot, where he develops ultra high strength steels (UHSS) and press hardenable steels (PHS) for use in stronger and safer vehicles in the future. At Tata Steel Coventry site (CTC) we first became aware of Tom when he was working towards his post graduate Eng Doc degree, in particular researching alternative chemistries to conventional boron steels for die quenching. He went on to demonstrate die quenching of boron free steels with outstanding combinations of elongation and yield strength. Tom works at Tata Steel Strip Products division, where he is the Products & Applications Theme Leader (Project Manager) as well as Student Supervisor to the industry-based Engineering Doctorate & Masters Research programme between Tata Steel Europe and Swansea University. Tom currently has three patent applications, identifying novel steel chemistries and processing of UHSS and PHS steels and is a regular publisher in international peer-reviewed journals and presenter at international conferences. He leads Tata Steel's international research collaboration with companies and universities worldwide including Honda, Nissan and Tokyo University. On a recent visit to Japan, where he was delivering a paper at Asia Steel 2015 in Yokohama, Tom took the opportunity to visit key automotive customers and, aided by his fluency in Japanese, made key contacts and promoted closer collaboration through the placement of a Resident Engineer. As well as Japanese, Tom is also fluent in Italian and is currently learning Chinese. Within Tata Steel, Tom is considered an expert in automotive steel sheets, especially grades applicable to advanced body-in-white and suspension, and has been instrumental in the development of torsion beam and side impact grades that have opened up a number of opportunities in Europe as well as North America. Tom is voluntarily involved in Public Outreach as a STEMNET Ambassador, visiting schools across the UK to promote the STEM subjects to 11–16 year olds. This role includes the presentation of inspirational lectures, laboratory experiments, mock interviews and mentoring. Tom is a South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) Council Member.

Silver Medal

Awarded to Emma Hosking, CEng MIMMM, MSc, MChem (Jacobs UK Ltd). Emma graduated with a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Bath and followed with a Masters in Minerals Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines in 2007. She worked as an engineering intern at Rio Tinto's Kennecott operation in Utah which established my interest in minerals processing and then became a graduate plant engineer with Rio on the copper-gold plant at North Parkes operating the flotation and grinding circuits and contributing to improved plant performance. Emma was appointed safety representative and managed teams during shutdowns.
In 2009, she returned to the UK taking the position of plant process engineer with Cleveland Potash Ltd, where she improved operations by maximising recovery, carried out plant trials and implemented a new operation for comminuting an alternative mineral and developing a novel design for a chemical treatment process generating new products. In 2012, Emma became Senior Process Engineer with Jacobs, UK. Emma was commissioning engineer for the Northlands iron ore plant, Sweden and was Lead Engineer for the detailed design of the Skouries plant in Greece. I ensure that sustainable practices are incorporated in all my engineering projects. She mentors colleagues and provides support as they work towards Institute membership. Emma leads a committee organising events across the UK, is involved in STEM activities through my local communities and has been part of 'National Women in Engineering Day' for 2014 and 2015, organising events, giving radio interviews and presenting to students and young professionals. Emma has achieved academic success and since graduation demonstrated a track record of attainment in my chosen profession incorporating continuous plant improvement, sustainability and safety in my projects. She is committed to mentoring younger people to contribute to the profession and the Institute, nationally and internationally. 

Stokowiec Medal

Awarded to Andrew Backhouse CEng, FIMMM. Andrew Backhouse studied at Churchill College Cambridge, receiving sponsorship from British Steel (later Outokumpu) Stainless. He graduated with an MA (hons) in Natural Sciences in 1991 and joined the Company in the Wide Strip Mills, rising from graduate trainee to mills technical liaison manager (March 2000), then metallurgical development manager. He received an MBA from Warwick University in 2002. His work included involvement in strip casting, a novel near net shape process, through to conventional strip process route developments. Projects included surface modification for enhanced annealing response and methods for surface finish characterisation and control. His work involved understanding and developing the capabilities of various feedstock and mill options for wide strip production.

Swinburne Medal

Awarded to Stuart Patrick FIMMM, MRSC. Stuart has spanned nearly 50 years within the PVC industry, 23 of which were with the PVC Additives businesses of Akzo/Akcros Chemicals where he was involved in both technical service and R&D. Before retirement, he was promoted to Global R&D Manager. The research work that Stuart conducted provided his employers with a market advantage for their range of additives, and enabled improved performance for a wide range of plastics products across many application sectors. The advancement resulting from this R&D work is measured by the exceptional commercial success of the products he developed over many years, rather than by published papers, however Stuart has written both an expert overview on PVC Compounds and Processing, and 'A Practical Guide to PVC' for RAPRA, and has contributed to numerous industry publications and articles. His many years of active service to the Manchester Polymer Group of the IOM3 has been exemplary, including Education Sub-Committee Chairman where among many achievements he ensured that young students were provided information on the key benefits of polymers to society. His role first as secretary (1997-2002) and then as chairman (2002 onwards) of the IOM3 PVC Committee, during a period when the PVC conferences have been amongst the most well-attended and successful technical conferences ever held by IOM3. Under Stuart's leadership the PVC Committee has also delivered highly successful educational initiatives including the 'risk-ed' and 'sustainability-ed' on-line programmes teaching students about risk assessment and sustainability respectively, and the 'smart material' lecture series for architectural students.

Thornton Medal

Awarded to Dr Gerard C J Lynch presented at ClayTech. Gerard Lynch is an internationally acclaimed and highly respected historic brickwork consultant, master brickmason, educator and author. He followed a traditional apprenticeship as a bricklayer and, over the years through his natural ability within his craft, gained many awards, including the Silver and Gold Trowels from the Brick Development Association and is a Licentiate of the City and Guilds of London Institute (LCG). He is a former Head of Trowel Trades at Bedford College, pioneering a revival of gauged brickwork, in which he is considered the world's leading authority, and other almost forgotten traditional craft skills; and affectionately known by the historic term, The Red Mason.



Tom Colclough Medal

Awarded to Adam Bannister CEng MIMMM (Tata Steel). Adam Bannister joined British Steel in 1988 in the Engineering Metallurgy Department, later to become the Industrial and Construction Applications Department. During his 24 years with Tata Steel, and its predecessors, he has worked on most products but has particularly focused on plate, sections and tubes.. Since 2003 he has investigated and set standards for many areas of asset integrity at major Tata Steel operational Tier 1 COMAH sites. His area of expertise is fracture mechanics, fatigue and structural integrity. He was appointed Section Leader in 1996 and has been Knowledge Group Leader of the Structural Integrity KG since 2000. In 2012 he was appointed as Scientific Fellow and since 2014 he has lead the heavy Welding Technology Group. Adam has led major Tata Steel projects, such as work on root cracking in sections, developing test techniques for linepipe HAZ toughness quantification and development of methods to assess the significance of thermal hot spots in blast furnace shells.

Dowding Medal and Prize

Awarded to Pierre Montmitonnet (Paristech). Pierre is head of research and Deputy Director of CEMEF, as well as Director CNRS UMR7635, which is the centre of material forming of the Mines Paris Tech founded in 1974. He graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and obtained his Engineering Doctorate at Ecole des Mines in 1983, followed by a PhD at Besancon University in 1985. Since his PhD, Pierre has taken a leading role in modelling of rolling processes integrating all aspects of roll bite deformation and tribology, establishing himself as an international expert in both hot and cold rolling. Major Contribution include mechanical modelling of roiling processes (strip, ring, tube, etc.), development of internal FEM codes (LAM3, Forge, Fast FEM for strip shape and bucking modelling, FEM with lubrication/friction coupling, inverse analysis, etc.) with some of the functions being commercialised by Transvalor, modelling surface and interface interaction and length scale understanding of lubrication regime and asperity deformation during rolling. Pierre has had a major contribution in friction modelling using combined macro/microscale approach with new leading developments also in the field of oxide scale modelling (see OXI2014 IOM3 conference and publications min 55 papers in refereed Journals, 70 Conference proceedings, 30+ PhD supervised). His expertise has also been applied to many other forming downstream processes such as extrusion and drawing. His engineering and technical skills, experience and creativity, is highly considered within the international steel working community, especially with Arcelor Mittal. He is an active member of the rolling community in France within the SF2M institute (Societe Francaise de Metallurgie et de Materiaux) and in charge of the commission of Laminage.

Frank Fitzgerald Award

Awarded to David Penney (University of Swansea). Dave is extremely active in the field of iron and steel for the last ten years. He is active, not just in the steel making process, but also through the supply chain with customers and suppliers. David has demonstrated excellence in many fields including galvanising and coatings as illustrated by his work within industry and subsequently within academia. He is an author and co-author of international papers and has continued to demonstrate his commitment to the industry as well as academia by successfully securing £25M in funding for EngD and Masters Research programmes within the iron and steel industry in 2015. This has allowed Tata Steel to continue to work closely with academia and build on the success of previous doctoral centres. Associate Professor Penney has been instrumental in these achievements. Associate Professor Penney has demonstrated his expertise in the field of corrosion, illustrated by the pioneering research he has carried out on zinc coatings, including Galfan and MagiZinc as well as hot-dipped galvanised zinc products. The use of the SVET with time-lapse microscopy has allowed the corrosion behaviour of zinc-magnesium alloys to be understood, which has a direct correlation with processing conditions in industry and consequently product application. This is critical for automotive applications. On a professional level, Associate Professor Penney's personal contribution to the success of the South Wales Materials Association (SWMA) cannot be underestimated. Working with industry and academia, after serving two years as Vice President and then two years as President, this culminated in the annual dinner with over 120 attendees at the National Waterfront Museum of Wales. Lecture attendances went up under his guidance with a record achievement of 164 at the lecture "Materials Matters". In March 2014 the IOM3 awarded the SWMA with the title of "Large Society of the Year", an award he should be rightly proud of obtaining under his leadership. Associate Professor Penney has demonstrated his expertise in the field of corrosion, illustrated by the pioneering research he has carried out on zinc coatings, including Galfan and MagiZinc as well as hot-dipped galvanised zinc products. The use of the SVET with time-lapse microscopy has allowed the corrosion behaviour of zinc-magnesium alloys to be understood which has a direct correlation with processing conditions in industry and consequently product application. This is critical for automotive applications and the success of industry within the UK.

Gold Medal

Awarded to Mark White (Jaguar Land Rover). Mark is known throughout the automotive and metals industries as a champion and prime mover of materials optimisation in cars. In particular, he is a long-standing advocate of aluminium in the body in white, not just in terms of lightweight closures and discrete panels, but as a complete structure in a single metal. His interest in alternative materials goes well beyond flat-rolled aluminium, moreover. He has also been an agent of change in castings and extrusions in a variety of metals and has contributed to BIW futures beyond metal, including presaging the use of carbon fibre composites. Mark has an infectious enthusiasm for engineering and manufacturing has set an example in motivating teams, in harnessing and focusing ideas and instilling pride and purpose into a technical community. Mark retires prematurely in the spring of 2016 because of illness. In view of this, my nomination aims to commemorate his career achievements. I consulted Andrew Haggie, chair of the Automotive Division and Mark's long-time colleague at JLR, and he has endorsed this nomination. Andrew told me of the 2009 award of the Rowbotham Medal to Mark and his team at that time. I feel that a nomination for the Gold Medal is still appropriate, in respect of an individual and career-long contribution, both before and since that period of his work. Maybe it's incongruous for the chair of the Iron and Steel Society to nominate someone who's done more than most to displace steel strip from its most lucrative market. Mark White's work transcends material specialisms though. More important is his personal example has helped to demonstrate materials engineering in its right place of prominence in business and enterprise. Perhaps most important of all, he has raised a standard that will lead young materials scientists into fulfilling and vital industry careers for a long time to come.

Hadfield Medal and Prize

Awarded to John Beeley MSc CEng FIMMM (Outukompu Stainless). John Beeley has spent his whole working life serving the stainless steel industry in a variety of senior operational, project management and general management positions. He started his working career as a Shift Manager in the Wide Strip Mill of British Steel Stainless, and worked his way through a number of senior operational roles in the Coil Products Division, Sheffield. He then spent several years working in Sweden in project leadership roles, principally involving the installation of capital equipment  in Sweden at the Avesta Sheffield cold rolling plants. The principle reason for this nomination is to recognise John’s achievements since 2008 when he became General Manager of Outokumpu Melting Shop in Sheffield (SMACC).  The eight years of his tenure have been turbulent times for Outokumpu and the worldwide stainless steel industry,  that have both faced problems of increasing globalisation and commoditisation of stainless steels.   The closure of a number of UK rolling sites of Outokumpu since 2004 left SMACC as a largely  stand-a–lone meltshop, and thus in a perilous position as a meltshop oriented towards commodity stainless  grade continuous slab casting. John’s achievement over the last eight years has been to transform this position which has ensured the continuation of bulk stainless steelmaking in the UK. His efforts have resulted in much more than mere survival - the SMACC business unit has recorded  a profit within Outokumpu Group accounts in almost every year since 2008,  in a period when Outokumpu Group as  a whole recorded a loss in every year. In addition, the  achievements have been made over a period when there has been very little capital investment monies available due to the difficult financial position of the wider group. This makes John’s achievement pulling off this tremendous reorientation of SMACC’s activities all the more remarkable.

Hancock Award

Awarded to Martyn Bennett (Avon Rubber PLC). Martyn is the chief scientist at ARTIS a business of Avon Polymer Products Ltd. He is currently responsible for a team of scientists in one of the largest rubber research groups in the UK private sector. His commitment began at Trowbridge College, was continued at Loughborough University's IPTME advisory board, where he has been the chair since 2005 and since 2005 Martyn has been a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. Several students including Vineet Jha from QMUL and Frederick Ngolemasango from Loughborough have completed PhD studies with support provided by Martyn. Since 2012, he has also sponsored another QMUL joint project funding Hedi Zahabi's research into elastomers that change colour with strain. He is responsible for all aspects of the business, managerial, financial and technical. ARTIS was set up in 2007, from the materials development centre at AVON Polymers which Martyn had been the R&D Manager of from 1998. Martyn first joined Avon in 1987 as a Teaching Company Associate on a programme supported by Bristol University. Prior to that he had completed a materials degree from Sheffield Hallam University. Martyn has offered unwavering support for the RIEG activities. The sponsorship from ARTIS has made many events possible and Martyn has been the most regular contributor to our Technical Afternoon Discussion Meetings for more than a decade. In addition, since 2010 he assumed a position on the Polymer Society board. Martyn has made significant contributions in a wide range of disparate fields to develop new products, processes and seek out new application for rubber materials. 

Roy T Holland Medal

Awarded to Mario Lombardo (retired, formerly CRH Clay Products Europe). Mario joined the Industry with Hepworth Pipes in 1972 and was employed as a Laboratory Technician between September 1972 and September 1976. He soon moved on, becoming a Trainee Supervisor with Thomas Wragg and Sons Ltd in Sheffield in September 1976. He was appointed to the role of Regional Production Manager at Redland Brick responsible for multiple brick factory sites in the North Staffs and West Midlands areas, from October 1993.After further management team restructuring Mario was then appointed to the position of Health and Safety Manager for the enlarged business in April 1994. The Redland Brick business was then itself acquired, by Ibstock Building Products Ltd, in July 1996. Mario subsequently Following Ibstock Brick’s acquisition of Redland Brick he became Group Health and Safety Manager position he held for fifteen years, and during which he led the Ibstock team in achieving Industry leading performance; an enviable record of sustained business performance improvement, and achieved an unequalled record of awards recognition via the BCC’s Ceramics Industry Health and safety Pledge initiative. He has been a member of ICT and then ICTa (IOM3) for nearly 30 years, serving on the Branch Committee of the North Staffs ICTa for many years, and was a regular contributor to Industry seminars etc. over the years. Mario has worked for over 42 years in the Refractory, Fireclay, Clay Brick and then Concrete Industries, both in the UK and in Continental Europe. He recently, and proudly, received his Institute of Clayworkers 40 Year Service Medal as a recognition of his long and loyal service to the Clay Industry.

Leslie Holliday Prize

Awarded to Ivana Partridge (University of Bristol). Ivana is well-known in the composite field in academia but also in the industry for many years now. In the UK, Ivana is recognised as a reference among her peers. She has established herself with her research and through the completion of many PhD theses from her students at Cranfield University. The success of her PhD students is extremely important to her, watching them grow and develop rapidly in their chosen careers. She is now Director of the EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacturing at the University of Bristol. Ivana believes that this is correct for the stage of her career. She wants to focus on developing the right skilled people for the composite field. This also explains her involvement for many years with The British Composite Society (division of the IOM3), she is currently its Vice Chair, and her wish to generate the right development material for the industry. She would like to produce great composites engineers with an industry focus since it is really important to the composite sector in the UK. 

Hume Rothery Award

Awarded to Nathalie Dupin (Calcul Thermodynamique). Nathalie has made a major contribution to the field of phase transformations and materials thermochemistry. She is a world leader in the field of constitution and phase-equilibria in metallic alloys with a strong background on chemical ordering and the modelling of chemical ordering in materials. Her emphasis has always been on the realistic modelling of the thermodynamic of alloy systems. Nathalie pioneered the introduction of the thorough use of sublattice models into the modelling of Gibbs energies - this allows not only the calculation of phase-fractions from thermodynamics functions, but also the constitution and chemical ordering of phases, giving insight into how various elements and point defects occupy different crystal lattice sites. In particular, models for the all important intermetallic phases benefit from this approach. These methods have been used by Dr Dupin for the modelling of complex alloy systems with in excess of 20 alloying elements. Here, her work on Ni-base superalloys deserves a special mention, which has resulted in an industrially important CALPHAD database, which has set an industry standard. For many years, she has pursued collaboration with researchers and scientists from the ab-initio and first-principles community, encouraging the determination of new thermodynamic data of alloy systems and systems not accessible experimentally, to be coupled into realistic data for phases and systems. Her work demonstrated how this approach can enhance the understanding of phase-equilibria and quality of thermodynamic assessments and models and enabled barriers overcoming barriers between scientific communities and promoted bringing thermodynamic modellers, assessment of phase constitution and ab-initio researchers closer together. Recently, this has led to Nathalie's involvement in modelling the thermodynamics and constitution in nuclear materials. This highly challenging activity involves taking into account the formation of fission products in irradiated materials, which does not follow the common established rules for non-nuclear materials as new chemical elements are created as the result of nuclear reactions.
Nathalie has been very active in promoting good practice and enhancing the understanding of thermodynamic modelling of materials and phase constitution in the wider materials and metallurgical community. Besides running her scientific work, and working in her own thermodynamic modelling business, she has been invited to teach at a large number of international workshops and summer schools in Europe and abroad. As a regular visitor to the annual CALPHAD conference, she has especially concentrated on supporting PhD students and young researchers in the field with her advice and experience.

Sir Colin Humphreys Award

Awarded to James Perkins, St Paul’s School, Pimlico. James teaches Physics at St Paul's School, in London. James is an incredible ambassador for material science within his school and encourages the use and collaboration with other schools to use a desktop SEM. James organised a "Magic of Materials" residential summer school between the 7–9 July 2015. Teenagers from all across the country attended. The three day course covered all aspects of material science, from frozen ducks with liquid nitrogen, magnetic nano particles, to bees in the SEM! It was a comprehensive taster of the scope and opportunities that material science offers, and a really wonderful way to get young people engaging with the topic. The course also gave the students the opportunity to interact with a variety of mentors currently working in material science, which allowed us to discuss with them career path options, A level choices and work experience opportunities. 

John Hunt Medal

Awarded to Professor Alain Karma. Alain's insight into statistical and nonlinear physics has allowed him to solve some of the major problems of the development of solidification microstructures. He has also substantially contributed to the development of mathematical techniques for this kind of highly non-linear problems and specifically to the foundations of the today much used phase field method. Over three decades, Alain has produced many results of the highest standard, allowing the modelling and quantitative understanding of many complex metallurgical phenomena. His most important contributions to the field of solidification are on: (i) undercooled and constrained dendritic growth, (ii) eutectic growth and its limits of stability, (iii) fragmentation of dendrites and grain refinement in rapidly solidified melts, (iv) grain and spacing selection, (v) oscillatory interface instabilities (bands), (vi) thermal fluctuations, (vii) peritectic solidification (viii) late stage solidification phenomena such as coalescence, and (ix) fundamental properties of the solid-liquid interface (interface energy and its anisotropy, attachment kinetics). In recent years he has also contributed to multi scale modelling, combining atomistics with phase field methods. These are truly outstanding contributions to the fields of crystal growth, solidification processing, casting and welding; all topics of John Hunt's research. (In parallel Alain is also highly successful in modelling of cardiac arrhythmias). The quality and relevance of Alain's work has had, and is going to have, a significant and lasting impact on the development of the important field of solidification, crystallization and phase transformations.

Ivor Jenkins Medal

Awarded to John Dunkley CEng, FIMMM. John is a noted international expert in powder atomisation technology and has founded and grown the world-leading company in this field.
He has 40 years experience in atomising plant technology, dating back to his early career when he started the Davy-McKee operation that supplied and installed such plant from 1974. When Davy-McKee decided to withdraw from this business in 1992, he saw the opportunity to found his own company to exploit the gap in the market created by this withdrawal. Starting initially as an office-based operation, selling atomising plants, the company has grown to become a world-leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of such systems. The company has now built and supplied around 140 plants to customers in 34 countries. These range from major powder suppliers, of whom around half have dealt with ASL, to small in-house operations.
The company has developed many specialist powders, including water atomised stainless steel powders for filter applications, gas atomised Ag-28Cu powder for brazing and Gas atomised special Cu alloys for diamond tool manufacture. Significant atomisation technology developments made have included at have included technology for the production of satellite-free powders in gas atomisation, ultrasonic vibratory atomisation used for very narrow size range, perfectly spherical solder powder production for electronics and centrifugal (spinning cup) atomisation - which is also used in the latest electronic solder powder plants. John also served for several years as Chair of the IOM3 Particulate Engineering Committee.

Institute’s Technician Medal

Awarded to Rachel Long CEng MIMMM. Rachel joined Bam Ritchies in April 2006, initially as a graduate engineer within the Ground Investigation Department, where she developed her skills in the identification of soils and rocks, and supervised several smaller GI contracts. Rachel then transferred to the Geotechnical Department where she developed her knowledge on several disciplines including slope stabilisation, piling, grouting, tunnelling, anchors and spray concrete. In December 2009 she was allocated the contract on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful, Argyle, Scotland. This road is extremely sensitive to landslides and the contract included the construction of a bespoke landslide and debris flow barrier scheme, the first of its kind in UK. Rachel had to liaise with the manufacturer based in Switzerland constantly to overcome some difficult ground conditions and ensure the barriers were constructed safely and to specification. In 2010 Rachel became part of the tunnelling team on the Glendoe Recover Project. Here a collapse of the main hydro tunnel meant a complete bypass construction. A group consortium including a German sister company won the ward to carry out the recover work and Rachel became an integral part of the site team assisting in the development of the Inspection and Testing Procedures used to ensure the quality standards were met. Following this Rachel managed the Upper Rivington Reservoir remedial work. This required the use of sophisticated grouting techniques to reduce the leaks within the core of the clay-filled dam. Unexpected voids were identified during the works and Rachel assisted in the development of the additional remedial works which resulted in quite an increase in the value of the works. Rachel then joined the site team at an MOD facility at Glen Douglas. The access road to the armaments base had a high rock face on the upslope and experienced many rockfalls. BAM Ritchies had been stabilising the rock face in highest priority sections for several years and the last two included the largest rockfall barrier in the UK. An 8m high x 90m long construction, supervised by Rachel. The experiences gained in barrier construction have led to a joint paper at the recent European Conference for Soil Mechanics and Ground Engineering. Rachel has moved to the estimating team in Kilsyth were she is now a champion for Business Information Modelling (BIM) assisting others to use this technology on their contracts.

Thomas Medal

Awarded to David Anderson (Tata Steel). Given the specific areas of work carried out ,within the Iron and Steel industry, David is recognised as contributing to the evaluation and decisions made by major manufacturing plants since the early 1990's covering the spectrum of work from basic raw materials to the operations in Coke, Sinter, BoS, EAF, Mill scale etc. He is recognised in the Industry as a technical expert in these fields, as one who carries significant knowledge ,skills and expertise in the reduction of the factors related to the generation and control of Dioxins and related pollutants /waste as well as contributing significantly across the areas of work to assisting the Iron and steel-works processes .

Verulam Medal and Prize

Awarded to Dr Charles Marsden. Charles holds a PhD in Laser Processing of Materials from Imperial College and was a Project Leader at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland from 1988 to 1992 when he joined Dynamic Ceramic Ltd, now CoorsTek Advanced Materials Crewe Ltd. He has been the General Sales Manager, and a member of the Board, since 2013, previously he was the Technical and Sales Manager. In his different roles, he has advised thousands of potential and actual customers on material selection and engineering design to counteract wear, corrosion and thermal issues in a very wide range, including extreme, application conditions. CoorsTek Advanced Materials Crewe Ltd is a specialist advanced ceramic manufacturing, trading and consultancy company located in the heart of the UK. The company is an approved supplier to many blue chip companies including those in the oil, aerospace and Formula1 industries, providing cost effective and reliable ceramic solutions.

James S Walker Award

Awarded to Anna Constantinou (Imperial College). This award is giving for a specific project on the study of polymers and Anna's was in the development of novel thermoresponsive polymers that can be used as injectable gels for tissue engineering as well as for 3-D printing. The title of her project was Thermo-responsive Gels based on ABC Triblock Copolymers: Effect of Composition and Hydrophobicity. The project involved the challenging synthesis of triblock copolymers with a living polymerisation technique and the polymers' characterisation in organic and aqueous solvents. The polymers were synthesised using a cost-effective and easy to scale up polymerisation technique, specifically Group Transfer Polymerisation. The polymers' thermoresponsive and self-assembly ability was extensively investigated. Anna enthusiastically designed and conducted all the experiments related to this project. So her contribution to the development of these materials was significant and these materials are now being tested in vitro for their ability to encapsulate cells when increasing the temperature. Through Anna's organised and systematic work, on varying the structural characteristics of the polymers and investigating their thermoresponsive properties, key design parameters were identified that are crucial in designing the ideal injectable gel. This work is currently being drafted for publication and Anna is also writing a review paper on this topic. Anna's materials are also currently being investigated as polymer stabilisers to control the rheology of aqueous solutions for 3-D printing applications and key design criteria have already been identified. Anna's MSc thesis has jointly won the "William Penney Prize (AWE) Best Project Award" that is a first prize award for the best MSc project at the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.


Local Society of the Year Award (large) 


Awarded to ICTa Yorks. The local society built on the success of the 2013–2014 season, and the committee was a little more ambitious, including two visits in the next programme, as well as four meetings. The first of the visits was to the hangar of the last remaining flying Vulcan bomber near Doncaster, which famously saw action in the Falklands in 1982. The event was a huge success, with all 60 places snapped up, and a reserve list of 67. A second visit in the season’s programme to Naylor Industries, attracted 29 members and guests, who were able to see both traditional and fast fire production of small and large diameter clay drainage pipes, along with the range of decorative garden ware that Naylors produce.

During the 2014–2015 season, ICTa Yorkshire member companies hosted students from the IOM3 Academy managed Clay Technology Certificate Level II & III tutorial days, where students were able to visit brick, pipe and tile factories in the region.

The Yorkshire branch also provided the seed funding for the 2015 ICTa Study Tour, which attracted 23 delegates, most of which were under thirty. This has increased the exposure of both ICTa and IOM3 to the delegates, with many non-members. The Study Tour visited brick, pipe and tile works along with tableware, wall tile, engineering suppliers and the Rolls Royce Heritage Centre in Derby.  

Local Society of the Year Award (small)

Awarded to Mining Institute of Scotland (MIS). MIS saw a 30% rise in membership in 2015 and maintained attendance levels at meeting, partly due to the numerous students seminars held at Universities, including The University of St Andrews and Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University. MIS run a full programme of technical meetings covering a diverse range of subjects, including oil and gas, mining, geology and environment.

At Fife College, they helped establish a Student Forum, in line with IOM3 objective of engaging potential techncians. Students were hosted at the International Coiled Tubing and Well conference in Aberdeen. An article was specifically written to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Monopol Grimberg disaster to raise awareness of the role that past members of the Mining Institute of Scotland played in both helping address the incident and the reconstruction of the German coal mining industry after World War II. A history of the local society, Hidden Riches, was published.

Outstanding Contribution Awards

Awarded to Mark Hull CEng FIMMM (Former employee of Maney Publishing)

Awarded to Martin Ansell FIMMM (University of Bath). Martin has recently taken partial retirement from the University of Bath, where he is Reader in Materials (Associate Professor) in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Martin is an active and influential Board member of the Wood Technology Society (WTS). He joined the Institute of Wood Science (IWSc) in the mid-1980s, taking an active role in the Western Counties branch of the IWSc and serving as Chairman for several years. In this role he organised many local events, especially bringing together the business and academic worlds. Martin was awarded Fellowship of the IWSc in 1986, and was soon invited to join the national Board of the IWSc, becoming President for the statutory two year period 1994 - 1996. Prior to that he was junior vice chair and then vice chair - each position was for two years. He co-organised IWSc annual conferences in Bristol, Edinburgh and Bath. He has continuously served on the Board ever since, and following the IWSc amalgamation with IOM3 Martin has remained a committed and much valued Board member of the WTS. It was Martin who recommended to the then IWSc Board that the best future strategy was to become part of IOM3. Martin has been at the forefront of academic research concerning wood, wood composites and natural fibre composites. He is a strong advocate of wood and the WTS. He joined IOM3 as a Member in the early 1980s and was appointed FIMMM in 2002. He has contributed several articles to IOM3 MADE magazine, and features on timber engineering to the WTS web site. He was a member of the Institute of Materials Energy Working Party for the materials technology foresight initiative in 1995.


Awards for published work

Guy Bengough Award

R. J. Bennett, S. W. Booth & C. M. Younes (Effect of thermal exposure on degradation of compressor blades in aero-jet engines)

Billiton Gold Medal 

Maurice Y. Solar & Sina Mostaghel (Smelting of difficult laterite ores)

Composite Award

P. Parlevliet & M. Geistbeck (Investigations into lightweight solutions for epoxy composite fire property improvement)

Cook/Ablett Award

R. R. Dehoff, M. M. Kirka, W. J. Sames, H. Bilheux, A. S. Tremsin, L. E. Lowe & S. S. Babu (Site specific control of crystallographic grain orientation through electron beam additive manufacturing

Alan Glanvill Award

D. Li, T. Zhai, Q. Gong, G. Fei, H. Xia (Effect of processing temperature on structure and properties of microinjection moulded thermoplastic polyurethane/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites)

Douglas Hay Medal

A. Brzovic, S. Rogers, G. Webb, J. P. Hurtado, N. Marin, P. Schachter, J. Alvarez & K. Baraona (Discrete fracture network modelling to quantify rock mass pre-conditioning at the El Teniente Mine, Chile)

Mann Redmayne Medal

Mining Technology – F. Dorey & P. F. Knights (Quantifying the benefits of simulator training for dragline operators)

Mann Redmayne Medal

Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy - T. T. Werner, G. M. Mudd & S. M. Jowitt (Indium: key issues in assessing mineral resources and long-term supply from recycling)

Mann Redmayne Medal

Applied Earth Science - S. T. Abrahami, Y. Xiao, and Y. Yang (Rare-earth elements recovery from post-consumer hard-disc drives)

Materials World Medal

“A Quiet Revolution” – Lies, damned lies and nuclear power by Fred Starr. This article became one of the top 20 most viewed public feature articles of all time on the website. It generated good feedback from letter writers. All of Fred's columns in 2015 we entertaining - using recollections from his past, to put a new perspective on current happenings in materials science. His columns almost always generate letters to the editor. 

Adrian Normanton Award

J Steer, C Grainger, A Griffiths, M Griffiths, T Heinrich, A Hopkins (Characterisation of BOS steelmaking dust and techniques for reducing zinc contamination)

Pfeil Award

L. Cordero-Arias, S. Cabanas-Polo, J. Gilabert, O. M. Goudouri, E. Sanchez, S. Virtanen, A. R. Boccaccini. (Electrophoretic deposition of nanostructured TiO2/alginate and TiO2-bioactive glass/alginate composite coatings on stainless steel.)

STWJ Best Paper Prize

R Rahbarpour, T Azdast, H Rahbarpour, S M Shishavan (2014 - Feasibility, study of friction stir of wood-plastic composites)

X C Liu, C S Wu, G K Padhy (2015 - Improved weld macrosection, microstructure and mechanical properties of 2024Al-T4 butt joints in ultrasonic vibration enhanced friction stir welding)

Wardell Armstrong Prize

M. Pawley, A. Reid, R. Dutch, W. Preiss. (Demystifying migmatites: introduction for field-based geologist)

Williams Award

H Wu, R Speets, F Heeremans, O Ben Driss, R van Buren (Non-linear model predictive control of throughput and strip temperature for continuous annealing line)

Awards from other bodies

Beilby Medal & Prize (administered on a three-yearly cycle by IOM3, SCI and RSC)

Awarded to Professor Sarbajit Banerjee. Sarbajit is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University. His research interests are focused on solid-state chemistry, nanomaterials, electronic structure studies at interfaces, multifunctional coatings, and the development of synchrotron methods.discovered fundamental new physical phenomena and designed remarkable new materials, he has translated this fundamental science to viable technologies. His discoveries are profoundly shaping many industries and landscapes. His discovery of "smart" windows and roofs based on phase transitions in nanostructured binary and ternary vanadium oxides is changing the lives of some of the poorest populations in the developing world and his discovery of anti-rust graphene/polyetherimide nanocomposite coatings as replacements for carcinogenic hexavalent chromium has revolutionized automotive and aerospace industries. He has brought rigorous design grounded in fundamental mechanistic understanding to many areas driven thus far by empiricism. His research is profoundly insightful, meticulously detailed, and beautifully juxtaposes theory and experiment. He is not merely content to observe and understand from a distance, he takes the design principles he deduces from his experiments to tailor entirely new materials and alloys that exhibit remarkable new phenomena. To cap this off, he transforms these discoveries to real technologies. His research has had tremendous impact in areas of interest to all three of the awarding societies. His two supporting letters attest to his impact beyond academia in government laboratories and industry. He has published over 112 articles that have been cited more than 6000 times with an h-index of 36. His discoveries have been spun off to multiple companies. I can think of no young materials scientist who is as deserving of this recognition. He has published over 112 articles and holds 5 issued US patents. His work has been cited over 6000 times and he has a Hirsch (h)-index of 36. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry journal RSC Advances and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Institute of Physics journal Materials Research Express. At Texas A&M University, he leads a team of 2 post-doctoral researchers, 12 Ph.D. students, and three undergraduates.

Harvey Flower Award 2015 (Retrospective)

Awarded to Roger Owen Thomas MA(Oxon), MIMMM. Roger is a metallurgist with 36 years industrial experience, including 30 years specialising in titanium alloys. He studied at the University of Oxford and completed a Masters degree in Metallurgy and Science of Materials, before moving into industry. Roger began his working life at TIMET and subsequently held posts at both, TIMET and Walcolmonoy in Swansea, in process development; research; inspection/ quality assurance and market development. During his career he also completed an MBA at the University of Wales. He is currently Applications Development Manager, based at TIMET UK Ltd’s Swansea plant with special responsibility for advancing the use of titanium and the impact of novel alloys in both established and developing applications, working directly with TIMET’s customers and associated supply chain. He has lead TIMET’s successful bids for AMSCI and Cleansky funding and continues to develop ongoing collaborations with UK academia. Roger has offered the benefit of his expertise to a number of developing engineers and scientists within the companies he has worked with and at Swansea University, where he gives a course on Titanium Metallurgy, as part of the Rolls Royce/EPSRC strategic partnership training programme.

Charles Hatchett Award

Awarded to Dr Hari-Babu Nadendla, Dr Leandro Bolzoni and Dr Magdalena Nowak.‘Grain Refinement of Al-Si Alloys by Nb-B Inoculation. Part 1: Concept Development and Effect on Binary Alloys’  and ‘Grain Refinement of Al-Si alloys by Nb-B inoculation.  Part 2: Application to Commercial Alloys’ (published in Materials and Design Volume 66 (2015)  Part 1 366-375, Part 2 376-383).

Robert Perrin Award

Awarded to Colin Hindle. Colin has been heavily involved in schools outreach work which, significantly, involves local businesses. His chairmanship of the Scottish Plastics and Rubber Association's Education committee allows him a platform to access funding for outreach activities. An example of his success is the, now annual, Fantastic Plastic Tour held across two venues, Edinburgh and Glasgow. This year 1400 secondary pupils attended and since its inception in 2009 the attendees total nearly 8000. He has also shared his experience through his membership of the Horners' Company Polymer Committee and plans are now being developed to run similar events in London and Manchester. He has been the leader of "Polymer Study Tours" at Napier for over 25 years and was responsible for the whole programme for many years which included sharing best practice with other Universities and acting as a mentor. Thus, he has helped hundreds of teachers to improve their understanding of the polymer industry and positively influenced many thousands of pupils. He remains a key member of the PST steering committee. Colin actively engages with the science faculties of Teacher Training establishments and is in general very energetic in promoting STEM subjects. In summary, I believe that Colin Hindle would be a very worthy recipient of the Bob Perrin Award for his extraordinary achievement in broadening the knowledge of many disparate groups of polymer science and his sustained commitment to outreach activities which started long before such initiatives were part the of the remit of Universities.

Vanadium Award (retrospective)

For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy and technology of vanadium and its alloys. Awarded to Naoya Kamaikawa, Kensuke Sato, Goro Miyamoto, Mitsuhiro Murayama, Nobuaki Sekido, Kaneaki Tsuzaki and Tadashi Furuhara for the paper, Stress-strain behaviour of ferrite and bainite with nano-precipitation in low carbon steels.


No nominations were received for the following awards:

TB Marsden Award

Tom Bell Award

Medals and prizes not awarded in 2016:

Colwyn Medal

Grunfield Memorial Award and Medal

Kroll Medal and Prize

Prince Philip Award