Award winners 2013

The Premier Awards and Prizes were presented at an awards ceremony in London on 9 July 2013. Other awards were presented at suitable occasions throughout the year.

Premier Awards

Awards for Personal Achievement

Awards for Published Work


Bessemer Gold Medal

Awarded to Professor Kenneth Mills. Kenneth has pioneered the study of metallurgical slags for more than 30 years, has significantly impacted on the production of steel, and is a mentor of young people early in their steel careers. Mould powders and slags are essential for continuous casting, which is the predominant steel production method today. Ken has led the study of such metallurgical slags and powders, and was one of the first scientists to help transform the powder’s metallurgy from alchemy to science. Without this knowledge, it would have been very difficult to reach the levels of production and quality observed in modern steel plants. To demonstrate the impact that Kenneth has had on the steel industry, renowned specialists from around the world supported the nomination with a short statement on why he and his work were instrumental in the development of the steel industry as we see it today.

Sir Andrew Bryan Award

For sustained and outstanding contributions to the Institute and its activities. Awarded to Christopher Hallas CSci FIMMM. Chris is Manager and Technical Director at Shire Minerals, and a member of the IOM3 Audit Committee. Until recently, he was Chairman of the Ceramics Society and a Board Member of Proskills Building Products Industry Group. Chris has provided technical consultancy, worldwide on heavy clay ceramics and waste minimisation projects, and was Technical Advisor to Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) for four years. His contribution to the ceramics discipline in IOM3 through ICTa is exemplary. He has given his time freely to further the cause of ceramics, especially in the field of education.

Chapman Medal

For distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials, particularly with respect to biomaterials innovation which has produced benefits for patients and/or contributed to associated opportunities for industry. Awarded to Dr Geoffrey Andrews. Geoffrey is the founder of Ranier Technology, a venture capitalist medical devices company, focused on product innovation and development in the medical application of Polyurethane. He is the inventor of the graduated modulus technology, that forms the basis of the company’s Cadisc spinal product range. Under his leadership, academic and industrial collaborative work began with Dr Irene Turner at University of Bath and Prof R Feneley at Bristol Southmeads Hospital, which led to £1 million EPSRC grant for a new design of urethral catheter and the foundation of the Bristol Biomed Centre. Ranier’s urethra catheter technology was subsequently sold to a Danish company for manufacture and commercialisation. Geoffrey continued his collaborative academic and industrial research with a number of academics, namely Professor Ruth Cameron at the University of Cambridge and the IRC in polymer science at Leeds University, resulting in a £1.4million grant from EPSRC, and included a major wound care multinational, Smith and Nephew. This project led to the development of precision polyurethane manufacture (PPM). Cadisc natural load transfer and compliant motion characteristics are designed to represent a significant clinical advance in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. Geoffrey’s seminal work has led to a number of patents: Balloon Catheter 1996, Method of Manufacturing a Balloon Catheter 1996, Precision Polyurethane Manufacture 2000, High Precision Manufacture of Polyurethane Products such as Spinal Disc Implants having Gradual Modulus Variation 2002, Artificial Spinal Disc Implant 2006, Endplate Preparation Instrument 2008, and A Blood Circulation Assistance Device 2000, and he has raised £23million in venture funding to date.

Futers Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the international minerals industry. Awarded to Philip Gray FREng HonFIMMM graduated in 1947 with a BSc in Metallurgy, Royal School of Mines and has been engaged in the extractive metallurgical industry ever since. His distinguished career has covered all the disciplines in his chosen field, including research and development, engineering and design, business development and consulting. Following his first role as a Research Officer at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, he continued his R&D activities at the Commonwealth Science and Research Organisation in Melbourne, Australia from 1951 to 1955 where he worked on hydrometallurgical methods of extracting uranium from Australian mineral deposits. In 1955 Philip returned to the UK and joined the Research and Development section of the Imperial Smelting Corporation at Avonmouth, and became Technical Manager in 1971. From 1978, he became an independent metallurgical consultant engaged by many mining companies worldwide. During this time he also worked with Professor Warner on the Warner Process for smelting zinc and lead from low-grade ores and Research and Development into extracting rare earths. While in London, he was able to become active in the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy and was elected President in 1984, the same year he was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers. His most recent paper was published in a 2006 edition of Materials World reflecting his continued interest in pyrometallurgy.

Gold Medal

For a company, team or individual who has made a significant contribution to the industrial application of materials. Awarded to Luxfer PLC.
Since its origins in 1897, Luxfer has transformed itself from the inventor of glass prisms and panels that increased lighting levels in buildings to a world leader in design and manufacture of lightweight high-pressure gas cylinders. The company focused on metal forming in the early part of the 20th Century and created a growing line of metal products. Following continued developments, in 1958 Luxfer opened its first aluminium cylinder manufacturing plant in California, USA and in the same year collaborated with pioneering undersea explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, which led to the production of the world’s first aluminium scuba tank from a 6xxx AI-Mg-Si extrusion alloy. During the past two decades, the company has created expertise in carbon fibre composite materials used for applications such as life support and emergency services, which require ultra lightweight cylinders. Luxfer now has four dedicated composite plants in USA, Canada, Germany and China, two all-metal facilities in the USA, its UK plant in Nottingham and one combined facility in France, as well as numerous satellite facilities in emerging economies.

Griffith Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work which has made or is making a notable contribution to any branch of materials science. Awarded to Dr Robert Broomfield CEng FIMMM has made considerable contributions to the development and service implementation of aero-engine materials over a 27-year period at Rolls-Royce, and during a prior seven-year role at Imperial Metal Industries (IMI) in Birmingham. Bob worked at Rolls-Royce from 1979 on titanium alloys, moving onto hot section materials such as nickel superalloys and ceramics, and holding various managerial positions. In 1990, he decided to move away form the managerial route and pursued technical specialism, becoming Rolls-Royce’s UK specialist in turbine aerofoil materials, where he stayed until his retirement in 2006. During his time as a specialist, he introduced the second generation single crystal alloy CMSX4 to Rolls-Royce and worked with Cannon-Muskegon to define and introduce the third generation single crystal alloys RR3000 and RR3010. His significant work in the field of aero-engine materials, demonstrated by the use of two generations of single crystal nickel superalloys in turbine blades, has permitted Rolls-Royce to make dramatic improvements in turbine entry temperature, and therefore, specific fuel consumption. He is widely acknowledged and respected as a world expert in this field by his colleagues, co-workers in the supply chain and in academia.

Sir Colin Humphreys Education Award 

In recognition of the contribution made to enhancing students' scientific or technological literacy through the teaching or support of materials, minerals or mining topics within 11-19 learning, in either the secondary or further education sector. Awarded to Mark Rogers and Warren Dransfield-Scott, King Edward VI High School. Between them, Mark and Warren have developed a project which allowed year 12 students studying STEM subjects to find out more about Materials Science and Engineering and encourage them to pursue a career in this subject. The project largely took place outside normal lessons at lunchtimes and after school and required the students (and teachers!) to commit about 18 hours to working through the various activities, concluding at the end of the summer term so that Materials was fresh in their minds as they considered University courses and careers. During its first year in 2011-2012 around 20 students took part in the project and it has continued to run with a new cohort of year 12 students this year. The pair were shortlisted Rolls-Royce Science Prize in 2012, and were the only secondary-level project to do so. They were both very keen to roll their project out on a larger scale and as such it has been used as the model for the Armourers and Brasiers Tata Sixth-Form Materials Prize. The development and implementation of this project has all been done outside of their normal teaching commitments. 

Institute's International Medal

Awarded to Patrick Doig CEng MIMMM, for his paper on Shaft Construction for Civil Engineering Projects. The 3rd International Conference on Shaft Design and Construction 2012 was held at the IOM3 headquarters in London. It was only the third conference to be held specifically on the subject over a period of 53 years, the first being held in London in July 1959 and the second at Harrogate in June 1989. All three conferences drew contributors and participants from all over the world. 2012's conference embraced both civil engineering shafts and deep mine shafts. The paper by P J Doig provided a very useful design guide for practitioners needing to construct civil engineering shafts. Firstly, it gave a good overview of all the different types of linings capable of being installed in various ground conditions, both soil and rock, and also covers shallow and deep situations. The lining designer is therefore provided with a valuable reference work to assist in choosing an appropriate shaft design solution. Shaft construction techniques are set out in a diagram for easy review, as a result it is considered to be the best paper submitted to the Conference from an overseas member of the Institute.

Local Society of the Year Award

London and Southern Counties Minerals Industries Institute - MinSouth (Large)
MinSouth continuously support students and professionals in the early stages of their career, and have developed strong links with the Earth Science Teachers Association (ESTA) and they continue to look for ways to further engage with schools on minerals and mining related subjects. The Society is active online and contributes regularly to the Institute’s member publications.
East Midlands Materials Society - EMMS (Small)
EMMS have increased their average attendance year-on-year and have organised two financially independent regional conferences, with another planned for later in 2013. They have adapted their focus to suit interests of materials scientists and engineers in the region, have held various student meetings and hosted a local heat for the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition for the past ten years. Throughout all of these events EMMS have actively promoted professional membership of the Institute.

Platinum Medal

In recognition of outstanding service to the Institute and to its objectives or for other outstanding contributions to materials science, technology and industry nationally or internationally. Awarded to Sir Colin Humphreys CBE FRS FREng FIMMM. Colin is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was educated at Luton Grammar School, Imperial College (BSc) and Cambridge (PhD).
Colin was a lecturer at Oxford and a professor in Liverpool before moving to Cambridge. He founded and directs the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride, and also founded a spin-off company, CamGaN, to exploit the research of his group on low-cost LEDs for home and office lighting. The company was acquired in February 2012 by Plessey, which will manufacture LEDs based on this technology at its factory in Plymouth. Colin founded and directs the Cambridge/Rolls-Royce Centre for Advanced Materials for Aerospace. Materials developed by this Centre are now flying in Rolls-Royce engines. He has given public lectures on science throughout the world and has received national and international medals for his research in electron diffraction and microscopy, and in GaN. He was knighted in 2010 for services to science.

Silver Medal

For Younger Members in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the broad field of materials science, engineering and technology including promotion of their subject on a national or international basis. Awarded to Sarah Haigh, MEng DPhil. Sarah’s research involves the use of high resolution imaging to understand the structure of materials and hence to interpret and predict their physical properties. The range of material science subjects is very diverse but includes nickel superalloys, catalysts, electronic devices, superconductors and quantum dots and novel 2D materials such as graphene. Sarah publishes regularly in prestigious journals and has written three book chapters. As well as achieving significant funding, she has established a growing research group at the University of Manchester. Sarah is heavily involved in materials education alongside her own research and has travelled all over the world training scientists to be better able to use electron microscopy to solve challenges in material science both professionally and on a voluntary basis. Her recent work on using novel catalytic materials for energy recovery from waste water was featured on the front page of the Daily Mail website and in the last few months she has been working with the BBC, filming news features and the Horizon programme.

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Tom Colclough Medal and Prize

In recognition of learned contribution to understanding microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering connected with the iron and steel industry. Awarded to EurIng Norman Cooper CEng FIMMM. Norman is widely recognised within the UK, and abroad, as one of the leading experts in materials used in submarine construction and the fabrication of these materials. This applies not only to structural steel but to the vast array of materials used in the high integrity pipe systems. In addition to his technical capabilities he has progressively built up a state of the art materials testing and evaluation centre within the Barrow site. He has built up solid technical relationships with suppliers such as Rolls Royce, involving highly detailed technical evaluations of products during installation and in use. He has identified issues in valve supplies where a very small trace of an element has dramatically changed the projected performance of the valve. This specific work is currently classified, but if it had not been identified, it would have had significant consequences to the submarine operation.

Colwyn Medal 

To an individual for outstanding services to the rubber industry of a scientific, technical or engineering character. Awarded to Professor Mark Warner. Mark Warner started out his career at Cambridge; he moved to Imperial and completed his PhD in 1976 on “Statistical Mechanics and Dynamics of Long Chain Molecules”. His first post doctoral position was at San Jose, California where he worked for the previous Colwyn medal winner Paul Flory. On returning to the UK, he took up a position at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory and from 1986 he has been at Cambridge working in novel soft polymer materials. In 2001 he was promoted to Professor and since 2008 he has been a senior EPSRC research professor. His formidable track record is evidenced as the web of science reveals that Mark has published more papers on rubber materials in the last twenty years than any other UK rubber researcher. He has more than 120 Journal papers in that time. Also he has a formidable citation index, that puts him at the very top of the world rankings for the subject. Mark has not worked in the traditional rubber research arena, but his research following in the tradition of previous recipients like Treloar, Ferry, Flory and Mullins has created a paradigm shift in the field and his theories about Liquid Crystal Elastomers are at the heart of the new smart rubber revolution. These materials exhibit the behaviour of rubber elasticity combined with liquid crystallinity. The challenge now in the rubber research community is to find applications for these smart rubbers, which can respond to either optical or mechanical stimulation. Liquid crystal elastomers are a new class of solid that disobey the conventional rules of elasticity. The materials connect both rubber elasticity and liquid crystal polymers, which are rod-like molecules concatenated end-to-end to form main chain, or pendant to a flexible backbone to form side chain polymers. Mark’s models have correctly predicted reversible elongations of many hundreds of percent. This has been confirmed experimentally by others who have built rubber strips that can deform extensively or even lift weights when subjected to either thermal or optical stimulation. It is envisioned that this will be the basis of new routes to creating mechanical actuators in industry.

Dowding Medal and Prize

In recognition of professional contribution to the invention, development, design or technical operation of metallurgical plant, particularly rolling and finishing, leading to improved economy, yield or quality in metal production. Awarded to Michael Clark CEng MInstMC. Mike graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1980, with an Honours Degree in Physics. After an early industrial career in oil and gas exploration, he joined what was then Davy McKee in 1986.
His early work in the steel industry was control-focused, and he rapidly established himself as an expert in both automatic gauge and shape control in flat rolling. Mike brought an understanding of systems modelling into the business, his early influence being considerable because of his expertise in computer-based design tools.
An example of Mike’s R&D acumen, vision and persistence is in the development of the MULPIC® Accelerated Cooling system for plate rolling. Mike was the original advocate of licensing for the technology from its inventors (CRM in Belgium), and the architect and supervisor of its development plan. MULPIC’s present-day market dominance is substantially down to its ability to apply maximum cooling rates with the highest level of full-surface uniformity – thereby minimising thermal distortion. Both the recognition and the realisation of this need were again the outcome of Mike’s systems modelling discipline.
Today Mike heads Product R&D for the UK business of Siemens Metals Technologies, the legacy company of Davy and VAI.

Frank Fitzgerald Medal and Travel Grant 

In recognition of a member (under 35 years old) of the Institute who is active in the field of iron and steel, and who has demonstrated excellence in and commitment to continuing professional development in the form of depth and/or breadth of technical knowledge or in a personal contribution to promoting the profession. Awarded to Liam James Booth, SSI Steel.

Grunfeld Memorial Award and Medal

In recognition of professional contribution that has had significant influence on the engineering application of components made from any alloys in the metallurgical industries. This prize is for people in early to mid-career and this year, awarded to Professor Michael Preuss whose expertise is in the metallurgy of Zr alloys for nuclear application, Ti alloys and Ni-base Superalloys. He has specific interests in processing and materials performance. Michael has led a number of significant research initiatives funded by EPSRC, TSB and industry.
As a junior academic Michael brought together a research consortium of 3 universities (Manchester, Oxford, Open University) with six industrial partners from the nuclear industry and successfully proposed a new research activity studying corrosion mechanisms in zirconium alloys, funded through the EPSRC Materials for Energy call. In June 2010, he was awarded an EPSRC. In addition to his exceptional leadership in nuclear metallurgy Michael has made a significant impact in the development of metals for use in aerospace and transport applications. He has been PI on projects focusing on deformation mechanisms in Ni Superalloy (EPSRC) and Titanium alloys (EPSRC) and he is currently CI on two large EPSRC Programme grants (LATEST-2 and NNUMAN) focusing on light metal research and nuclear manufacturing. He has worked closely within the industry on TSB funded projects focusing on flow forming of high strength steel and the development of friction welding. These welding techniques are now used in the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 (Airbus 380) and in the Trent 1000 (Boing 787). Michael also has extensive expertise in the use of large-scale research facilities such as ISIS in the UK and the ESRF in France using them to undertake completely new research in the area of metallurgy.

Hadfield Medal and Prize 

In recognition of distinguished achievement in relation to metallurgical practice, process development, product development, metallurgical understanding or design engineering connected with iron and steel or associated industries. Awarded to David Howarth. David Howarth graduated from the University of Sheffield and was then employed by British Steel / Sheffield Forgemasters at River Don Works. He held senior technical and production posts in that organisation. His work there was recognised by the award of the Sidney Gilchrist Thomas Medal in 1983.He joined Lloyds Register as a Metallurgical Surveyor on marine, offshore and industrial sectors. In that period his work covered all metals but there was a heavy concentration on most steel types including microalloyed and alloy steels.In 1992, he was appointed Chief Metallurgist  and Manager of the Materials Department and the Materials Failure Investigation Laboratory.Much of his work has focussed on fatigue and fracture issues on microalloyed and low alloy steels, in an industrial setting. A significant proportion of this work has developed from a number of highly significant failure investigations. In 2003 he assumed greater responsibility by the addition of a Global Technology Leader Materials and NDE to his portfolio. In that area he has contributed significantly to the development of laser welding processes for low alloy and alloy steels, carrying out work on fuzzy model based charpy impact assessments of steels, fracture mechanics of steels, and numerous fatigue studies in a wide range of applications.

Leslie Holliday Prize

In recognition of a significant or technological contribution relating to any type of composite material, awarded to Ebrahim Ghavam-Shahidi. Ebby has worked in the composites industry for more than thirty years, initially at Hitco where he designed a UAV, developed the tooling that oversaw the manufacture of it before joining Advanced Composites Group where he has progressed to become Technical Director and then Head of Technology in the High-Performance Industrial Materials business of Cytec. Amongst his achievements, he took a very under-performing Le Mans car chassis and redesigned it to become a race winner using his natural feel for load paths to locate carbon fibre reinforcement. He was directly involved in the adoption of composite materials in industrial process machinery, redesigning metal box stamping equipment, replacing reciprocating steel beams with light-weight composite beams to yield large productivity benefits in terms of rate of production and quality of the finished parts; prior to this composites had not been used in this sector. He also used his feel for the advantages of specific material types to design flight simulator screens for pilot training, which had previously unattainable levels of dimensional accuracy and stability during operation. Ebby has worked together with companies, research institutes and universities who would otherwise not be exposed to the advantages and opportunities of composites.

Hume Rothery Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievements concerned with phase relationships in metallic materials or non-metallic materials of metallurgical interest. Awarded to Dr Andrew Watson MIMMM. Andy is unique in the UK in being the only person with the expertise and facilities for carrying out high temperature calorimetry as well as having considerable experience in carrying out critical assessments of thermodynamic and phase diagram data based on his own and experimental data from the scientific literature and hence in calculating phase equilibria for multicomponent systems to understand and solve materials problems posed by the industry. His research work throughout his career at UMIST, Sheffield and Leeds has led him to study the thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria for wide ranges of materials, covering III-V semiconductors, high temperature superconducting oxides, lead free solders, steels and exotic superalloys. Most of this work has involved collaboration with scientists throughout the world and has led him to take on key management roles within European projects (Vice chair of European COST531 and COST MP0602 projects), Committees (Chair of IOM3 Materials Chemistry Committee, APDIC), Editorial Boards (Associate editor of CALPHAD, Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion and The Journal of Mining and Metallurgy). The recent successful APDIC World Round Robin symposium on Phase Diagrams held during the IOM3 Materials Congress was a result of his drive and evangelical passion to ensure that UK scientists were aware of just what can be achieved through application of thermodynamic modelling.

Ivor Jenkins Medal

In recognition of a significant contribution that has enhanced the scientific, industrial or technological understanding of materials processing or component production using particulate materials awarded to Dr Mark Hardy CEng FIMMM. Mark has considerable experience in the areas of alloy development, microstructure and mechanical property relationships, powder metallurgy, raw materials processing, component manufacturing and life assessment. He has established a position of technical authority within the industry and academic community around the world with key contacts at research organisations such as NASA, universities in the UK, Europe and USA, Supply Chain companies and Gas Turbine OEMs. Mark is the Rolls-Royce authority on Nickel disc alloys leading the technology strategy and research programme. He joined the company from DERA where he had established his technical reputation for the understanding of powder alloys and the effect of defects on component life. He has led the implementation of powder alloys within R-R since 1998, working with a peer group of senior professionals within the company, at key suppliers and academic collaborators. He was responsible for the first introduction of a powder disc alloy RR1000 into a Rolls-Royce engine, the Trent 1000, directing all the required materials and manufacturing technology programmes. In particular he has refined the alloy composition and improved the method of manufacture to enhance the alloy capability and has developed the lifing methodologies necessary to the application of a powder alloy to a safety critical application. Beyond this, he has led the development of novel processing technology to alloy, the generation of dual-microstructure components and the fundamental research necessary to identify and advance the next generation of powder disc alloys. In all of this work Mark demonstrates his strong theoretical knowledge of metallic materials and his thorough understanding of their response to service duty, together with considerable determination, commitment and technical rigour.

Kroll Medal and Prize

In recognition of significant contribution that has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of materials. Awarded to Dr Karin Hing CEng MIMMM who has driven the development of ApaPore™, Actifuse and more recently Inductigraft, for ApaTech, which have been used to treat more than 120,000 patients worldwide. The work started during her PhD where Karin developed the hypothesis that enhanced bone healing is promoted by both structural and chemical factors. In contrast to conventional thinking, her hypothesis implied that a bone graft substitute should have a hierarchical interconnected pore structure containing both macro (>100µm) and strut (<50µm) porosity. Karin’s post-doc investigated the biological sensitivity of graft chemistry and developed a completely novel production route to manufacture hierarchical pore structures based on particle stabilized slip foaming (patented 1999). Karin then put chemistry and porosity together for an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship application to develop a novel synthetic bone graft substitute material with optimized chemistry and structure. The team successfully secured venture capital funding from 3i in 2001 to launch ApaTech. She developed/adapted a series of in vitro and in vivo methodologies to assess the impact of structural and chemical parameters on bone healing. These include using cutting edge technologies (gene micro-arrays, qPCR, µXMT, dual beam EM, protein and receptor tagging). Treatment with Actifuse ($2,000) is significantly more cost effective than previous treatments ($5,500). ApaTech has been recognized as the UK’s fastest growing medical device company for the last three years (Sunday Times TechTrack 100) and currently has an annual revenue of $60million with a sustained quarterly growth rate of 20%, it employs 160 people in 9 countries and has recently been sold for $330m to Baxter.

T B Marsden Professional Medal

In recognition of services to the profession over a period of not less than 20 years by a member who has not been recognised by the Institute in other ways. Awarded to Frank Wild CEng FIMMM. Frank has been an active member of the Manchester Metallurgical Society for more than 50 years, serving on Council for the majority of this period including three separate two-year periods of service as President. Frank is the current Honorary Secretary and is still a driving force within the Society. Frank began his career at AV Roe in 1956, becoming Chief Metallurgist in 1965 and Assistant Chief Test Facilities Engineer in 1988. He served as a Member of the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) Metallic Materials Committee from 1964 to 1989, including as Chairman for three years. Following this period of activity in metallic materials Frank completed an MSc in Polymer Technology 1994–1995, followed by employment at Manchester Metropolitan University in the period 1995–2009 as a Research Fellow in Polymer Technology. His work comprised many research programmes investigating the effects of additives on the processing behaviour and subsequent properties of polymer-filler composites. Frank was noted for the help he gave to both other members of the team and to students. Frank has served the profession in an exemplary fashion in a broad range of materials in both his professional career and his dedication to the Manchester Metallurgical Society.

Outstanding Contribution Award

For members who have made a prolonged and major contribution to the Institute's core activity. Such contribution should not relate to local society activity and the awards will be made to members not previously recognised by the Institute. Up to three awards (certificates) are presented annually.
Dr David Gooch CEng FIMMM , Chair ITPB. David graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1969 and gained his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1972 with a thesis on the creep of ceramics. He then joined Central Electiricty Research Laboratories, where he held various positions, including Head of the Stuctural Integrity Group, a position he held at the time of the privatisation of the electricity industry. Following this, David worked for National Power on advanced sustainable technologies for power generation. David had published around 70 papers and now works as an independent consultant. He is a member of the Institute Council as Chair of the Industry and Technology Policy Board.
Stuart Patrick MRSC FIMMM . Stuart has been a loyal member of the Institute for many years and is Chairman of the Polymer Society and Chair of the PVC Committee. Stuart contributes at a local level and is a Committee Member, championing educational issues in the polymer area in the North West of England.
Keith Barnes CSci CEnv FIMMM. Keith has been an active participant in the world of packaging for more than 40 years. He has held numerous positions at management level including within Ilford and Boots, which have led to a career in consultancy, with large clients such as Mintel. Keith is Chairman of the Packaging Society as well as being a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Scientist. He is on the board for the Institute’s ITP board, the Surface Engineering Committee, Energy Materials Group and Sustainability Group. Keith is the co-ordinator for the Packaging Summer School held annually in the UK for Michigan State University.

Rosenhain Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievement in any branch of materials science, preference being given to candidates under the age of 40 awarded to Professor Ian Kinloch FRSC. Ian has taken a world-leading role in the development of carbon materials science throughout his career. His research is characterised by developing fundamental science and then following that underlying science through to applications. The majority of his work has focussed on carbon nanomaterials (graphene and nanotubes) and he has applied this new knowledge to re-interpret the structure of more traditional materials including carbon fibres. Ian’s PhD and post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge developed growth techniques for carbon nanotubes that are currently licensed for commercial production including a continuous production method for the spinning of nanotube fibres and processing techniques for carbon nanotubes. His current research at Manchester has continued in nanomaterial production and control with a strong focus on electrochemistry and composites where he has established the micromechanics behind nanotube and graphene composite behaviour. Ian’s scientific work has been published in top journals including Science, Nature Nano, Nano Letters, ACS Nano and Advanced Materials. He has also patented his research and attracted licensing deals (Plasan and Thomas Swan) and investment capital. His scientific abilities are highlighted by his Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC post-doctoral Fellowship and his current Challenging Engineering EPSRC grant, awarded to future academic leaders in the UK. He was awarded the 2011 Macro Group UK Young Researcher’s Medal and was promoted to chair at Manchester at the age of 36. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry under their prestigious leaders in the field scheme, one of the youngest ever to achieve this distinction.

Rowbotham Medal 

An annual award, to recognise an outstanding contribution from a young person or a team of young people, to the development or innovative use of materials for automotive applications. Awarded to Emeka Ikwueze CEng. Emeka's role at JLR is as a BIW materials engineer involved in the design and manufacturing of vehicle body structures to ensure that the right material solutions are engineered at the most efficient cost. Within JLR, Emeka is considered a subject matter expert for body-in-white castings and is a leading voice in defining JLR strategy towards making aluminium castings lighter, greener and more cost effective. As part of this, Emeka is currently leading a research project aimed at developing a new, hypo-eutectic Aluminium-Silicon (Al-Si) casting alloy with a chemistry that allows for increased use of secondary sources of aluminium whilst delivering similar mechanical performance to current BIW casting alloys. Leading a team of experts from within JLR and the supply base, Emeka has demonstrated exceptional leadership and organisational skills, an innovative approach to problem resolution and clear direction towards developing a defined route from concept to readiness. Emeka’s work has been recognised within JLR through several awards for technical excellence and environmental innovation.

Thomas Medal and Prize 

In recognition of scientific or technological contribution to the production or secondary processing of any ferrous alloy. Awarded to John Charles Twiselton CEng. John’s career started in the coal mining industry as a colliery engineer. He transferred to the steel industry where he worked as a mechanical engineer in the Primary rolling mill at Templeborough before leaving in the 1970’s to go to the recently opened Mini Mill at Sheerness in Kent where he stayed until its second closure in 2012. During his time at Sheerness John held a number of roles including Section Engineer, Department Engineer, Production Manager, Chief Engineer and General Manager. He was heavily involved in training both engineers and production workers and restructuring the workforce which became the most well trained flexible workforce in the UK. He was also involved in the installation and commissioning of the ground breaking Fuchs Shaft Furnace and the installation and commissioning of its more conventional successor in recent times. During the latter stages of his career at Thamesteel he became their technical guru advising across a wide range of engineering, metallurgical, environmental and production issues. John has always promoted fast efficient steelmaking and casting operations. He would be a worthy recipient of the Thomas medal.

Thornton Medal

For a speaker invited to present at either an Institute conference or another specially convened meeting. Awarded to Major Peter Norton for Advanced Composites Group keynote lecture at IOM3's DSSC symposium. The title of Major Norton's presentation was Science, Technology, Design or Luck? He provided an in-depth discussion of the design and effectiveness of personal protective equipment used by the British Army including body armour, helmets and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) suits from the perspective of an end-user. The presentation covered a briefing of the threat faced in Iraq and Afghanistan, the job carried out by counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) operators and the very important forensic analysis of recovered IEDs and components of IEDs.

Verulam Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished contributions to ceramics including refractories awarded to Professor Paolo Colombo, Ing (Italian certified engineer) FACERS FIMMM. He has published several seminal papers on the topic, including a highly cited review paper (J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 2010) and a book (Polymer Derived Ceramics. From Nano-Structure to Applications, DESTech Publications 2009), helping to bring this field to worldwide attention. He spearheaded the use of several plastic-forming processing techniques for the fabrication of specialized ceramic components based on pre-ceramic polymers, testing their use for different applications ranging from protective coatings to joints between CMCs parts, from advanced foam filters to nano-composites possessing functional properties, from luminescent phosphor powders to biocompatible scaffolds. In particular, he recently developed filters possessing hierarchical porosity, based on the in situ formation of ceramic nanowires on the surface of ceramic foams that display outstanding efficiency for the entrapment of nano-sized particulate. His contribution to the field has been significant, combining in depth scientific understanding with innovative processing strategies, enabling the use of polymer-derived-ceramics for various engineering applications.
Besides the scientific achievements, Paolo contributed to the field of ceramics by serving the community through the organisation of a very large number of specialised symposia devoted to polymer-derived-ceramics and especially porous ceramics in the framework of major international conferences. Moreover, he serves in the editorial board of 10 scientific journals devoted to materials science, in particular ceramics science and engineering, and has been guest editor for various special issues on porous ceramics or polymer-derived-ceramics, including the IOM3 journal Advances in Applied Ceramics, the editorial board of which he has served since 2005. Paolo’s achievements have been recognized by several prizes, including the Pfeil Award (IOM3, 2007), the Global Star Award (ACerS, 2010) and the Edward C. Henry Award (ACerS, 2011), fellowship of ACerS and IOM3 and membership in distinguished bodies (e.g. the World Academy of Ceramics). In addition, he has received funding for his research from Italian and international industries, the Italian Government, the European Community and the US Air Force.

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Alan Glanvill Award

Characterisation and analysis of microchannels and submicrometre surface roughness of injection moulded microfluidic systems using optical metrology. Tosello, G; Marinello, F; N Hansen, H Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering Vol. 41 (1) 2012 , pp. 29-39.

Guy Bengough Award

Pitting corrosion of stainless steel: measuring and modelling pit propagation in support of damage prediction for radioactive waste containers. Ghahari, S M; Krouse, D P; Laycock, N J; Rayment, T; Padovani, C; Suter, T; Mokso, R; Marone, F; Stampanoni, M; Monir, M; Davenport, A J. Corrosion Engineering Science and Technology 46 (2) 2011 pp. 205-211.

Billiton Gold Medal

Kinetics of pre-reduction of manganese ore by CO Mineral. Y B Gao, H G Kim & H Y Son Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. C), Vol 121 (2) 2012, pp. 109-116

Composite Award

Compressive behaviour of nanoclay modified aerospace grade epoxy polymer. A. Jumahat, C. Soutis, F. R. Jones and A. Hodzic. Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering Vol. 41 (6) 2012 , pp. 225 -232.

Cook/Ablett Award

Constant intermittent flow of dislocations: central problems in plasticity. L. M. Brown. Materials Science and Technology Vol. 28 (11) 2012 pp. 1209–1232

Douglas Hay Medal

Progress and challenges in some areas of deep mining. E.T. Brown. Mining Technology (Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. A) V ol. 121 (4) 2012, pp. 177-191

Mann Redmayne Medal

Shale-hosted Ni-(Cu-PGE) mineralisation: a global overview. S. M. Jowitt and R. R. Keays. Applied Earth Science (Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. B) 120 (4) 2011 pp. 187-197

Materials World Medal

Awarded jointly to:
‘How Safe is that Nuclear Reactor’ Professor George Smith, University of Oxford
‘Cracking under pressure’ Dr Emile S Greenhalgh

Pfeil Award

Densification and preservation of ceramic nanocrystalline character by spark plasma sintering. R. Chaim, R. Marder, C. Estourne´s and Z. Shen. Advances in Applied Ceramics, Vol. 111 (5-6) 2012 , pp. 280-285.

James S Walker

Maria Nelson, University of Oxford

STWJ Best Paper Award

This prize is awarded annually to recognise the paper published in the IOM3, peer-reviewed journal Science and Technology of Welding and Joining, that makes the greatest contribution to the field of welding and joining. The winning paper is selected by the journal editors based on the originality of the research, contribution to the science or technology of welding and joining and the quality of the article. The inaugural award is sponsored by TWI; authors receive a joint award of £500, a certificate and a one-year subscription to the journal. Entry is automatic upon publication in the journal. Further details are available here.
Awarded to Miyazawa, T; Iwamoto, Y; Maruko, T; Fujii, H Science and Technology of Welding & Joining, Volume 17, Number 3, April 2012 , pp. 213-218(6) 

Wardell Armstrong Prize

Background concentrations of gold in different rock types I K Pitcairn Applied Earth Science (Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. B) 120 (1) 2011 pp. 31-38

Williams Award 

Review: The Butterfly Effect in Continuous Casting. PD Lee, RE Ramirez-Lopez and KC Mills et al. Iron Making and Steel Making Vol 39 (4) 201, pp.244 - 253 


Beilby Medal & Prize (administered on a 3-yearly cycle by IOM3, SCI and RSC)

In recognition of substantial work of exceptional practical significance in chemical engineering, applied materials science, energy efficiency or a related field. Preference is given to candidates under 40. Awarded to Professor Xiangfeng Duan. Professor Duan has made extraordinary contributions to our understanding of nanoscience, especially related to graphene and photocatalysis. At just 35, he is one of the top cited chemists and materials scientists in the world.

Harvey Flower Titanium Award 2012 (retrospective)

Offered by the Titanium Information Group to students, graduates, and practicing materials engineers. The winning entry will contribute most constructively to the production, processing or use of titanium and its alloys. Awarded to Professor Martin Bache CEng FIMMM CPhys, University of Wales.

Vanadium Award 2012 (retrospective)

For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy and technology of vanadium and its alloys. Awarded to Dr Blanka Angelika Szost, Dr P E J Rivera-Diaz-Del-Castillo and Erik H Vegter for ‘Developing Bearing Steels Combining Hydrogen Resistance and Improved Hardness’.

Charles Hatchett Award

For the best paper on the science and technology of niobium and its alloys.
Awarded to Professor Douglas Ivey, Junfang Lu, Olapido Omotoso, J Barry Wiskel and Hani Henein for ‘Strengthening Mechanisms and Their Relative Contributions to the Yield Strength of Microalloyed Steels’ published in Metals and Materials Transactions A, 43A, pp 3043 – 3061, 2012.


Medal for excellence
RT Holland
Prince Philip Award
Tom Bell Surface Engineering Medal
Stokowiec Medal and Prize
Swinburne Medal and Prize
Hancock Medal