IOM3 Awards 2018

The winners of the 2018 awards listed below and were presented throughout the year.

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Bessemer Gold Medal

Awarded to Prof Indira Samarasekera FRSC FCAE DSc OC. Indira is a leader in the field of steel process metallurgy. As director of the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering at the University of British Columbia, she managed a strong and influential research group in the field of continuous casting of steel. As a result, a number of outstanding students were developed who went on to make their significant contributions into the steel industry, Worldwide. She held the post of Dofasco Chair in Advanced Steel Processing. She was made the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta, and held that role between 2005 and 2015. On completion of her terms at Alberta, she joined the Liu Institute for Global Issues as Distinguished Fellow in Residence. She has numerous awards and honorary degrees from organisations throughout the World, and has an extensive publication list.

Chapman Medal

Awarded to Prof Sheila MacNeil. Sheila MacNeil has an outstanding track record in the development of biomaterials for wound healing and tissue engineering of skin, oral mucosa and cornea. She is Professor of Tissue Engineering at Sheffield University with expertise in tissue engineering of skin, oral mucosa, urethra, oesophagus and cornea with a strong focus on translating research to the clinic. In September 2014, she was awarded the UK Society of Biomaterials President's medal for her contributions to biomaterials in both the UK and overseas. She innovated the UK's first commercially available tissue engineered product, Myskin, which is now used by 11 out of the 13 major UK burns centres. Sheila has published over 464 peer-reviewed articles, >9000 citations and an h-index of 49. She has also worked extensively to develop tissue engineered oral mucosa for reconstruction of urethral stricture and published a nine-year follow up on this recently. Another key project is developing cell delivery membranes for corneal defects working with colleagues in India. Over the last seven years she has also been developing an alternative material for support of the urethra.

Futers Gold Medal

Awarded to Christine Blackmore CSci CEng FIMMM. Christine is an Associate Director at Wardell Armstrong LLP working as a Geo-Environmentalist and Environmental Auditor with some 15 years' experience in Environmental Management in the International Mining and Metallurgical Industry. Her expertise is mainly focused in Environmental Management and Auditing. She is an Accredited Lead Cyanide Auditor with the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI), for the gold mining industry. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of the IOM3 having performed as the President and Secretary of the Western Institute of Mining and Minerals and responsible for turning this branch into one of the most active and successful in the UK, increasing membership, attendees at meetings and increasing the profile of the branch nationally. Christine is currently chair of the Mining Technology Division (MTD). She was also selected as one of the 100 most influential Women in Mining in 2016.

Gold Medal 

Awarded to Materials Strategic Partnership led by Dr Howard Stone. In 2009 Rolls-Royce and EPSRC agreed a Materials Strategic Partnership addressing metallic systems for gas turbines with three University Core Partners, the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Swansea. Uniquely incorporating a research programme (PDRA) and training programme over 10 years. To date the Strategic Partnership has enrolled 142 research students. Of these, 85 have completed their studies to date, 90% of whom have subsequently taken up technical jobs in UK industry and academia. The Strategic Partnership has delivered on many levels including, developing new blade, disc and shaft alloys, an outstanding student training programme, a large body of publications, several patent applications, support for STEM and outreach activity and employment for the next generation of highly trained scientists and engineers - to combat skills loss in this market sector. The Partnership has been successful because Rolls-Royce, EPSRC and Universities collaborated as a team, funding a programme over an extended timeframe. This has allowed the programme to attract and retain high quality academics, research staff and students.

Griffith Medal & Prize  

Awarded to Prof Ruth Cameron FIMMM. Ruth’s work in the materials science of regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical delivery is truly outstanding. She was awarded the UKSB President's Prize in 2017, has published an exceptional body of work in the field of ice templating technologies for regenerative medicine. Her publications deliver a comprehensive and robust framework for scaffold design, adaptable to the needs of different clinical targets. The original application was in osteochondral repair, with an international patent family and an award winning spin-out company, Orthomimetics. Ruth’s research has broadened this original application to a consideration of their potential in cardiac repair, periodontal repair, ridge augmentation surgery, wound healing and bioreactor applications. In the field of breast cancer research, the scaffolds have been used in 3D in vitro models of mammary gland tissue using epithelial and adipocyte co-culture. This approach has potential for developmental and tumorigenic studies and for screening breast cancer therapeutics for personalised medicine. She was a Founder Board member and later Director of Cambridge's £10M Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science. 

Medal For Excellence

Awarded to FAME (Flexible And Mobile Economic Mineral Processing Technologies). FAME, part of the EU Horizon 2020 Programme, is a mineral processing research and innovation project. It provides novel mineral processing solutions to facilitate exploitation of three common European types, skarns, greisens and pegmatites. The FAME Consortium is industry driven, comprising 16 European mineral developers, research and engineering orientated SME's, research institutes, academia and networking companies. FAME is highly regarded within the EU as it has successfully developed innovative mineral processing flow sheets, stimulated the European mining environment and, as a highly visible project, with Global reach, has helped preserve mineral processing and mineralogical skills and expertise within Europe.

Platinum Medal (joint)

Awarded to Prof Neil Alford MBE FREng. Neil has worked over 30 years in Materials Engineering and has established an international reputation for his accomplishments in the development of structural and functional materials. He has helped to steer UK and EU Government Science Policy for 20 years, and has been a member of the Technical Opportunities Panel for three years. Neil was a member of the Electrical Engineering RAE2008 panel and a member of the DTI Working Group for the Quantum Metrology Programme at NPL. He is FREng, FRSC, FAmCeramSoc, FInstP, FIoMMM and FIET. In 2012 he was awarded the MBE for services to engineering and in 2016 the Royal Society Armourers and Brasiers Prize and Medal. He has over 250 journal publications and is the author of 22 patents.

Awarded to Prof Philip John Withers FRS FREng FRAeS FIMMM. Philip has made a number of outstanding contributions to materials science and technology, both academically and to the benefit of industry. His research has significantly improved our fundamental understanding of the performance of advanced engineering materials through his pioneering use of neutron, synchrotron X-ray and laboratory X-ray beams. He is a world authority on the measurement and scientific understanding of residual stress. He established the world leading Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging facility, which in 2013 was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of its impact, excellence and innovation in X-ray imaging. His vision and leadership in the area of advanced materials is reflected in his appointment as the first Regius Professor of Materials in 2016 and Chief Scientist of the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials.

Silver Medal 

Awarded to Dr Anna Ploszajski EngD MRes MEng. Anna has made an outstanding contribution to materials science. She is one of UCL's leading public engineers and one of the UK's leading materials communicators. She works at the forefront of sector-leading initiatives that span education, outreach and engagement. Anna has written over 30 general articles for Materials World and is a passionate promoter of women in STEM.

Sir Andrew Bryan Award

Awarded to Andrew Raine CEng FIMMM. Andrew is a highly respected Project Director and has worked in a diversity of locations, including Hong Kong, South East Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom. During this time, he has made significant contributions to the sectors of construction, mining, and tunnelling. Since 1993, Andrew has been an active Professional Member of the IOM3 as well as a Chartered Engineer, under the Engineering Council, and was awarded Fellowship to IOM3 in 2011. Andrew has been an active member of the HK Branch Council of the IOM3 since 2008. He has acted as ordinary Council Member as well as having served two terms as Branch President.

Sir Colin Humphreys Education Award

Awarded to Susan V McLaren. Susan is currently Senior Lecturer in Design & Technology Education at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. Prior to this she worked for 14 years with the Faculty of Education, University of Strathclyde. Susan's key teaching areas are PGDE (Secondary) Design and Technology, PGDE (Primary) Technologies and Continuing Professional Development for primary and secondary teachers. In 24 years of being involved in teacher education, Susan has worked with over 600 students teachers and presented a wide variety of CPD sessions for qualified teachers across Scotland.

Awards for personal achievement 

2017 Harvey Flower Titanium Prize (Retrospective)

Awarded to Bill Swale

Dowding Medal and Prize 

Awarded to Damian Shipton

Grunfeld Memorial Award and Medal

Awarded to Jack Strong

Frank Fitzgerald Medal and Travel Grant 

Awarded to Alireza Valizadeh

Frank Paine Packaging Award 

David Edwards CSci FIMMM

Hadfield Medal and Prize 

Awarded to Prof Jay Jaiswal

Hancock Medal  

Awarded to Dr Alan Muhr CEng

Hume Rothery Prize   

Awarded to Prof Kallarackel Thomas Jacob

Ivor Jenkins Medal

Awarded to David Whittaker CEng FIMMM

James S Walker Award 

Awarded to Tabitha Jones 

John Hunt Medal 

Awarded to Prof Lindsay Greer 

Kroll Medal & Prize

Awarded to Prof Judith Driscoll 

Leslie Holliday 

Awarded to Prof Mike Hinton 

Institute’s International Medal

Awarded to Tim Leung FIMMM

Institute’s Technician Medal

Awarded to James Watson EngTech TIMMM

Local Society of the Year (Large)

Awarded to IOM3 Hong Kong Branch

Local Society of the Year (Small)

Awarded to MinSouth

Outstanding Contribution Awards

Awarded to Professor Craig Davies CEng FIMMM 

Awarded to John McGrath CEng FIMMM 

Stockwiec Medal & Prize 

Awarded to Dr Rebecca Higginson CEng CSci FRMS FIMMM 

Swinburne Medal & Prize 

Awarded to Prof C Bastiaansen

Robert Perrin Award

Awarded to Gervais Sawyer CEng FIMMM

Rosenhain Medal & Prize

Awarded to Prof Ken-Tye Yong FRSC FRAS FRSB FIMMM 

Rowbotham Medal

Awarded to Adrian Tautscher 

Roy T Holland Medal and Prize 

Awarded to Dr Phil Jackson 

T B Marsden Professional Award

Awarded to Dr Mick May FIMMM FREng 

Thomas Medal and Prize 

Awarded to Prof Abdel-Hady El-Geassy CEng FIMMM 

Thornton Medal

Awarded to Assoc Prof Mark Everard 

Tom Bell Surface Engineering Medal 

Awarded to Prof Allan Matthews FREng 

Tom Colclough Medal and Prize 

Awarded to Dr Norman A McPherson CEng FIMMM 

Verulam Medal and Prize

Awarded to Professor Jingzhe Pan 

Awards for published work

Adrian Normanton Award

A manganese distribution prediction model for CaO–SiO2–FeO–MgO–MnO–Al2O3 slags based on IMCT
Ironmaking & Steelmaking, 44:3, 168-184, DOI: 10.1080/03019233.2016.1198859
S Duan, X L Guo, H J Guo & J Guo

Alan Glanvill Award

Evaluation of commercial Mg(OH)2, Al(OH)3 and TiO2 as antimicrobial additives in thermoplastic elastomers 
Plastics, Rubber and Composites, 46:5, 223-230, DOI: 10.1080/14658011.2017.1314412 
M Pittol, D Tomacheski, D N Simões, V Ferreira, R R Marlene & C Santana

Billiton Gold Medal 

Understanding ferrovanadium smelting through computational thermodynamics modelling
Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 125:1, 45-55
D. R. Swinbourne, T. Richardson & F. Cabalteja

Composite Award

Understanding physical changes and strength loss of Eglass fibres following exposure to elevated temperatures
Materials Science and Technology, 33:3, 255-264, DOI: 10.1080/02670836.2016.1180743
P G Jenkins

Cook/Ablett Award

Gamma-gamma prime-gamma double prime dual-superlattice superalloys
Scripta Materialia 2017, volume 136, pages 136-140
P Mignanelli, N Jones, E Pickering, M Hardy, O Messe, C Rae & H Stone

Douglas Hay Medal

Characterisation of burst-prone grounds at Vale’s Creighton Mine
Mining Technology, 126:3, 123-138, DOI: 10.1080/14749009.2016.1252093
P Morissette, J Hadjigeorgiou & A Punkkinen

Guy Bengough Award

Characterising the early stages of crack development in environment-assisted cracking
Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, 52:7, 533-540
A Turnbull

Mann Redmayne Medal A

Globally optimising open pit and underground mining operations under geological uncertainty
Mining Technology, 125:1, 2-14, DOI: 10.1179/1743286315Y.0000000027
L Montiel, R Dimitrakopoulos & K Kawahata

Mann Redmayne Medal B

Host rock geochemistry, texture and chemical composition of magnetite in iron ore in the Neoarchaean Nyong unit in southern Cameroon
Applied Earth Science, 126:3, 129-145, DOI: 10.1080/03717453.2017.1345507
N N Chombongm, C E Suh, B Lehmann, A Vishiti, D C Ilouga, E M Shemang, B S Tantoh & A C Kedia

Mann Redmayne Medal C

Targeting fluorescent lamp waste for the recovery of cerium, lanthanum, europium, gadolinium, terbium and yttrium
Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, 125:4, 199-203
C Tunsu, C Ekberg, M Foreman & T Retegan

Materials World Medal (joint)

Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox
Matt Buckley

Pfeil Award

Review of flash sintering: materials, mechanisms and modelling
Advances in Applied Ceramics, 116:1, 24-60, DOI: 10.1080/17436753.2016.1251051
M Yu, S Grasso, R Mckinnon, T Saunders & M Reece

Wardell Armstrong Prize

Australia: geology and mineral resources
Applied Earth Science, 125:3, 121-127, DOI: 10.1080/03717453.2016.1199505
D Klingner & C A Standing

Williams Award

Sulphur removal in ironmaking and oxygen steelmaking
Ironmaking & Steelmaking, 44:5, 333-343, DOI: 10.1080/03019233.2017.1303914
F N H Schrama, E M Beunder, B Van den Berg, Y Yang & R Boom

Awards from other bodies

2017 Vanadium Award (Retrospective)

Structure-properties relationship of ultra-fine grained V-microalloyed dual phase steels
Materials Science and Engineering: A, vol. 703, 2017, pp. 293-303
C P Scott, F Fazeli, B S Amirkhiz, I Pushkareva & S Y P Allain

Beilby Medal & Prize

G Beckham 

Charles Hatchett Award

Unraveling the nature of anomalously fast energy storage in T-Nb2O5
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139 (2017), 7071-7081
D Chen, J Wang, T F Chou, B Zhao, M A El-Sayed & M Liu

Robert Perrin Award

Awarded to Gervais Sawyer FIMMM. 

STWJ Best Paper Prize


STWJ Best Paper Prize


Medals and prizes not awarded

Prince Phillip Medal