IOM3 Awards

The recipients of the Institute's 2015 Awards are listed below. The Premier Awards and Prizes were presented at an awards ceremony in London in July. Other awards will be presented at suitable occasions during the year.

News item - IOM3 awards presentations July 2015


Premier Awards

Bessemer Gold Medal

Awarded to Professor John Beynon FREng FIMMM. John is Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, following seven years as Dean at Swinburne University of Technology. He has spent much of his career at Sheffield University, where he held professorial positions in metallurgy and mechanical engineering. John has been the President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans and is now Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007, and holds Fellowships from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Sir Andrew Bryan Award

Awarded to Jan Lewis CEng CEnv FIMMM. Jan is a Board Director and Regional Director of the London Wardell Armstrong International office. During his career at Wardell Armstrong, he has been involved in a wide variety of engineering, geological, geotechnical, environmental and mining projects. Jan is Past President of IOM3 and is now Chair of the IOM3 Communications Board. He first became involved with the Institute as a Councillor of MinSouth (the local IOM3 society) in 1999, and then as a National Councillor in 2002. He regularly conducts CEng, CEnv and professional interviews on behalf of IOM3. Jan is a supporter of institutional activities at national and local levels and keen to encourage young people into engineering and environmental science.

Chapman Medal

Awarded to Andrew Lewis FRSC FIMMM. Andrew is a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for Healthcare Technologies. He is also visiting Professor of Biomaterials and Drug Delivery at the University of Brighton. In 1996 Andrew started work for Biocompatibles and in 2002 the company began to focus on drug eluting embolisation systems (DEBs). This led to the development of the first commercial drug-eluting bead (DEB) technology for the locoregional treatment of malignancies in the liver. The DEB technology is now available in more than 600 hospitals globally, with more than 100,000 reported procedures to date. This product won the PLC Best Technology Award in 2003 and, in 2011, was further recognised by the IOM3 Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind. BTG Limited successfully acquired Biocompatibles UK Ltd for £177m, based largely on the value of the DEB technology. During the course of his research, Andrew has worked with almost 20 national/international Universities and supervised more than 40 PhD studentships and Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Recently, Andrew led a collaboration with the University of Utrecht and Erasmus Hospital in Rotterdam, which attracted a 6.4 million grant from the Dutch Government to further the development of encapsulated stem cells for treatment of cardiovascular diseases. To date, he has generated close to 200 scientific publications and articles (H-index 42), 11 book chapters and 48 patent families/applications in the fields of polymers, biomaterials and drug delivery (28 of which are granted US patents).

Colwyn Medal

Awarded to Gert Heinrich. Gert leads the rubber research group at TU Dresden, in Germany, initially as a professor and subsequently as the Head of Department. He has grown the activity from a relatively modest beginning to be the largest academic group of researchers in Europe. He currently has the greatest publication record of any researcher in the EU with more than 330 journal papers listed on the web of science and he has the highest h-index of any academic in the EU who works in traditional elastomer / rubber materials.

Medal for Excellence

Awarded to Oil and Gas UK. Oil and Gas UK is the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. It is a not-for-profit organisation, established in April 2007, with origins as the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) stretching back to 1973, when North Sea oil extraction was just beginning. Over the past 40 years Oil and Gas UK has worked with its member companies to strengthen the long-term health of the UK offshore oil and gas industry by working with the operators, contractors, service companies, government representatives and other stakeholders to address the issues that affect the business including,  raising the profile of the UK offshore oil and gas industry with the public and Government, promoting open dialogue across all sectors of the industry on key topics including technical, fiscal, safety, environmental and skills issues and developing and delivering industry-wide initiatives and programmes. Specifically, Oil and Gas UK has published more than 30 peer reviewed guidelines for the industry, most of which are intended to improve safety of UK offshore operations.

Futers Gold Medal

Awarded to Professor Derek Fray FRS FRChem FREng FIMMM. Derek has had an illustrious career in the minerals industry. He has undertaken a number of senior research, teaching and administrative positions at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. In 1991, he decided to pursue his teaching and research activities by accepting the post of Professor of Minerals Engineering and Head of the Mining and Minerals Department at the University of Leeds and returned to Cambridge as Professor of Materials Chemistry in 1996 and in 2001 was appointed Head of Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge. He became a Professorial Fellow and, in 2007, Life Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. In 2007, he was appointed to his present post, Director of Research and Emeritus Professor of Materials Chemistry. Professor Fray has more than 450 technical papers and publications to his name and has been granted around 150 patents. Derek has been awarded many honours during his career and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008. He holds Honorary Professorships at several Universities in China and is Visiting Professor at Leeds University. In 2011, the Fray International Symposium was convened in his honour. Professor Fray has been a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining since 1988 and been previously honoured by the Institute including the Gold medal in 2000.

Griffith Medal and Prize

Awarded to Professor Ivan Parkin FRSC FIMMM. Ivan is a mid-career scientist whose whole career has been devoted to the development of new methods to make, characterise and functionally test materials. His work covers solid-state chemistry for bulk materials, thin film coatings through to antimicrobial polymers. The work is characterised by innovative synthetic insight, the development of new classes of materials and the development of fundamental understanding. His work has already had an immediate commercial, societal and scientific impact. He is cited in the world's top 600 materials scientists, and in the world’s top chemists lists based on ESI Thomson analysis. He has more publications in the Journal of Materials Chemistry than any other author.

Institute’s International Medal

Awarded to Professor Ron Iwaszkiewicz FIMMM. Ron is a senior educator and instructor within the School of Packaging at Michigan State University.  He has taken full responsibility, not only for teaching coordination of the Core Courses, but also heads the school's placement programme for student internships and post graduate positions. As a fully qualified packaging professional and member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals in the USA, Ron became a Fellow of IOM3 and introduced his UK study tour students to the value of IOM3 membership. All students on these tours have taken the opportunity to become members and, furthermore, Ron introduced the value of competing within the IOM3 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition in 2013. Having successfully organised a regional heat of this competition at Michigan State, Ron contributed to the successful delivery of the 10th World Lecture Competition Final in California and to the valuable discussion/outputs from the International Forum. In 2012, he was awarded the Paul Roberts Award for Distinguished Service in Study Abroad programmes. Ron has pioneered the introduction of at Student Forum at Michigan State both involving the Packaging and Materials Science Schools.

Platinum Medal

Awarded to Professor Ravi SiIva FREng CEng. Ravi is the Director of the University of Surrey's multi-disciplinary Advanced Technology Institute incorporating more than 150 researchers. He has an established interest in the production of carbon nanomaterials in advanced manufacturable technologies. Early in his research career, he produced the world's first compositionally homogeneous single material superlattices displaying quantum size effects based on layered Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) thin films. Ravi passionately believes in developing enabling technologies relevant to major societal challenges, and for more than 20 years has contributed to the UK knowledge economy in the materials and manufacturing sectors by training more than 50 PhD and 65 postdoctoral staff.

Prince Philip Award

Awarded to Avon Rubber for polymers in the service of mankind. Avon Rubber has always strived to produce the best possible materials and products made from rubber.
Avon has been manufacturing respiratory protection products since shortly after the introduction of chemical warfare agents in the first world war. These products are recognised as the best by the people who use them and by their nature have to be zero failure, hence the quality of the product is unquestionable. They were used in the second world war and have been ever since with more than 2 million people currently protected by these products.It is apt tha on the centenary of the war, a company that produces a major product borne out of that conflict is recognised for the contribution it has made to the protection of mankind.

Silver Medal

Awarded to Dr Matthew Cole CEng, CPhys, CSci, MEng (Oxon) MIMMM. During his PhD studies in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, Matthew studied routes to synthesise and align carbon nanomaterials, alongside developing an innovative scanning anode field emission microscope which facilitated detailed assessment of the electron emission properties of these nanoengineered surfaces and the materials on which they are based. During his post-doctoral studies he was elected a Junior Research Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge University, where his research focused on investigating the large-area chemical vapour deposition of graphene. He is currently holder of the Oppenheimer Research Fellowship in the Electronic Devices and Materials group, Cambridge University; he is the UK’s youngest Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology.

TB Marsden Professional Award

Awarded to Peter Latham OBE FRSA FIMMM. Peter has been a member of the former Institute of Wood Science (now Wood Technology Society - part of IOM3) since 1973. Peter has worked in the timber trade for 41 years, and is the current Chairman of James Latham PLC. He is a current director of the International Board of the Programme for the Enforcement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC), and is a director and past chairman of PEFC UK. PEFC is an independent non-governmental organisation, which has certified the largest area of world forests, and operates a world-wide and industry-wide scheme of accountability. He has helped to develop and implement the UK Government's timber procurement policy - Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), and has led several Government funded delegations to Africa, China and Asia, to better understand the issues surrounding illegally logged timber, and the environmental and economic damage. He has had a long association with training and education as chairman of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) training and education committee and on the TRADA management board. He was an external examiner on the Bucks Chiltern University wood forest products technology degree course and on the faculty advisory board. He is a current member (and past Chairman) of the Timber Trades Federation Environment Committee, and a trustee and member of the Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association. In 2012 he was awarded an OBE for services to the wood industry.

Thornton Medal

Awarded to Jonathon Porritt CBE. Jonathan is Founder and Director of the Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and more than 100 partner organisations including some of the world’s leading companies. In 2013 his book The World We Made, was published. He is a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection. In 2014, he presented Sustainable Futures: Making the World at PVC, the world’s leading forum on vinyl organised by IOM3.


Sir Colin Humphreys' Award

Awarded to Claire Hinchcliffe. Claire has played in pivotal part in the creation of the sell-out game, Materials Monopoly. To date, 664 schools (the majority of them secondary schools) have received at least one board, including all the Schools Affiliate Scheme member schools. Materials Monopoly has been widely discussed by teachers on social media, and has been featured in the Scottish Technology Teachers Association Journal. Claire works in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield, an organisation involved in undergraduate/postgraduate teaching and research.

Dowding Medal and Prize

Awarded to Dr Gregor Terlinde. Gregor has contributed to the field of metal forming for more than 4 decades. Since 1987, he has been based at Otto Fuchs KG, Meinerzhagen, Germany (a family owned forging company focusing on non-ferrous metals including Al, Mg, Ti and Ni Superalloys). He became head of the Materials Group in 2004 and expanded the process and material capability within Otto Fuchs, particularly for aerospace applications. Since taking on this position, he has overseen a dramatic growth of his laboratory, which now has 100 staff. Gregor has published almost 50 papers, even though he spent the majority of his career in industry. In recent years, he has started to collaborate with UK universities funding PhD students and post doctoral positions.

Grunfield Memorial Award and Medal

Awarded to Dr David Armstrong. David has successfully developed various forms of micromechanical testing methods from being scientific curiosities to serious materials research tools, applicable to a wide range of technological and industrial problems, especially in nuclear applications. Early micromechanical work used focused ion-beam machined micropillars, and was focused on detailed understanding of scale effects on yield in pure metals. David's great innovation was to design and produce cantilever specimens in the surface of test specimens, which meant that information on a wider range of mechanical properties - elastic modulus, yield stress, workhardening and fracture could be obtained from chosen microstructural-scale features. This enabled access the experimental data needed to understand the mechanical behaviour of complex real alloys in terms of the properties of their microstructural components. An excellent example of this is the development of his initial concept-proving work on grain-boundary embrittlement in a model Cu-Bi system - the first determination of the fracture strength of individual boundaries in a polycrystalline material - to study the underlying mechanisms of the technologically critical phenomenon of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) in Ni-600 alloy nuclear reactor coolant tubing. This study was a strongly collaborative one where David's micromechanics was combined with detailed microanalysis and modelling, to confirm the validity of one of the numerous models for SCC, resolving decades of contention. Another major area in which these techniques have been applied is in understanding the behaviour of tungsten-based materials for fusion reactor applications. David's proof-of-concept experiments on pure tungsten have been developed into a wider range of experimental studies of tungsten alloys, tungsten laminate composites and in the effects of irradiation on the strength and fracture properties of these materials. In the study of irradiated materials, for ion or proton proxy-irradiations, the tests can be directly applied to the microns-thick irradiated layer. For active, neutron irradiated, materials, test volumes need to be minimised for safety reasons (and where available material is scarce); work can now be carried out on medium-active materials without recourse to hot-cells. It is a testament to the potential of the methods that David has developed that the new National Nuclear User Facility Materials Research Laboratory at Culham is centred around their application to the study of materials behaviour for fusion and fission reactor applications.

Hadfield Medal and Prize

Awarded to Dave Worsley. Dave is Head of the Materials Research Centre at Swansea University. In addition, he is  Research Director of the SPECIFIC IKC which now encompasses a £50m research and delivery portfolio for functional coatings applied to construction materials. Dave was the Director of the Steel Training Research and Innovation Partnership, (STRIP) a £8m ESF and Industry funded research and training programme, which over a 6-year period provided training for more than 120 technologists at postgraduate level.  This partnership was supported by around 22 companies with international presence but a footprint in Wales including Tata, BASF, Akzo Nobel, and Vale INCO. Dave Worsley is the author and co-author of 124 refereed scientific publications on coated product development.

Hume Rothery 

Awarded to Joseph Robson. Dr Joseph Robson has made a notable contribution to research on phase transformations in a wide range of alloy systems including steels, and aluminium, magnesium and zirconium alloys over more than 20 years. In particular, his work has focused on understanding and predicting the complex precipitation transformations that occur in industrial alloys and how these can be manipulated to improve alloy performance. He has published over 120 papers on this and related topics. In addition to his research, Dr Robson has made an important contribution to the teaching of phase transformations. He has lectured this topic at Manchester for over 15 years, developing several new courses at both undergraduate and Masters level. He was a leading contributor in the AluMATTER project, where he developed free online modules to teach phase transformations in aluminium alloys.

Ivor Jenkins Medal

Awarded to Dr Yuyuan Zhao. Yuyuan has made an outstanding contribution to powder metallurgy in developing and commercialising innovative powder based technologies for manufacturing metal foams and metal matrix syntactic foams and in understanding centrifugal atomisation for metal powder production. He invented Lost Carbonate Sintering (LCS) process, which is the first commercialised particulate-based process for manufacturing porous metals. The technology has been licensed to C-Tech Innovations Ltd and a new start-up company, Versarien, was founded in 2010 to commercialise the process for micro-porous copper in thermal management applications. Versarien floated on the AIM submarket of the London Stock Exchange in June 2013 and subsequently acquired a volume manufacturing plant to expand its production capabilities to meet growing customer demand. Dr Zhao is also recognised as an internationally leading expert in metal matrix syntactic foams. He developed the sintering method to manufacture aluminium, steel and titanium matrix syntactic foams and observed, for the first time, the Griffith-type rupture in metal matrix syntactic foams under compression.

James S Walker Award

Awarded to Elizabeth Walton. Elizabeth Walton chose to do her fourth year research project in the MIT Langer Laboratory. Her project was in the development of materials known as Dynamic Covalent Networks with a high drug loading and a sustained drug release profile. The materials were synthesised using common materials - a functionalised PEG, citric acid and caffeine. Significantly, all these materials had prior FDA approval to reduce regulatory hurdles. Elizabeth contributed enthusiastically to the project, particularly regarding the development of protocols for testing the dynamic and mucoadhesive properties. She demonstrated detachment forces of 420mPa and successfully incorporated 480 mg of her target drug into 1ml of the DCN. These data are sufficient for the device to be usefully taken forward for clinical trials. Her original contributions to this work have been recognized by co-inventorship on a provisional patent application. Elizabeth's insight to materials analysis helped to generate and define a large family of materials with diverse properties. Her enthusiasm and organisation propelled a systematic study of structure function relationships and her motivation led to a great body of work that is currently being drafted for publication and patenting. Elizabeth's thesis is a brief summary of her contributions to the science, as well as the team.

John Hunt Medal

Awarded to Wilfried Kurz. Wilfried is Professor Emeritus of Materials Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. He is a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the recipient of awards from Eisenhuette Oesterreich, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS, USA), Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matériaux, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Materialkunde, People’s Republic of China, Federation of European Materials Societies, Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, Associatione Italiana di Metallurgia and ASM International, USA. He has had an outstanding career as a researcher, teacher and research advisor in materials science, as well as remarkable research achievements in the field of solidification and phase transformations, in particular for fundamental aspects of microstructure formation under regular and rapid solidification conditions, and for solidification processes such as continuous casting, laser remelting, laser cladding and laser metal forming.

Kroll Medal and Prize

Awraded to Dr Suzanna G Fries. Suzanna has worked at the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart to learn about modelling phase stability to extend the range of her studies. There she worked with Hans Leo Lukas, himself a Hume–Rothery medal winner and along with Bo Sundman, co-authored the book Computational Ther­modynamics: the Calphad Method. She was the first to show explicitly the importance of crystallog­raphy in thermodynamic modelling and has also been a pioneer in the use of first-principles calculations for complex phases with many sublattices. She has also been involved in the transfer of thermo­dynamic data to microstructure simulations using the phase field approach. She has published more than 80 articles in refereed journals. Suzanna has worked in institutes in France, Austria and Sweden, where she continues to keep an interaction, and cooperates with laboratories in USA, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. At present she teaches the Calphad method to post–graduate students in the Bochum Ruhr University.

Leslie Holliday Prize

Awarded to Derek Hull FIMMM FRS FEng. Derek’s book, An Introduction to Composite Materials, has become a standard text for students studying composite materials in many different countries, and secondly for being the co-founder of the British Composites Society along with last year's recipient Tony Kelly. In addition to these notable achievements, he has been very active in the field of composite materials research heading up teams at the universities of Liverpool and Cambridge. Derek was a pioneering figure within the academic community and has left a legacy of excellent research sustained over a long period of time. Just as important however has been his role as a mentor and inspiration to successive generations of researchers and academics. Without Derek Hull the UK would not today have the strength in depth of talent that is underpinning our industrial boom in the field.

Local Society of the Year Award (large) 


This local society has improved membership numbers and has supported IOM3 by providing peer reviewers for professional interview panels for both UK and overseas candidates. They have sponsored students by paying towards their IOM3 membership fees at a number of universities. Support for the Earth Science Teachers Association is given by attending their Annual Conferences. Additional support to schools is given by attending careers fairs and secondary school careers evenings to encourage interest in materials and mining sector. Minsouth has an active website and communicates with their members via posters, emails and a dedicated LinkedIn group. Meetings take the form of regular formal meetings, monthly social ‘Sundowner’ events and an annual prestige lecture. They also promote Masterclass events and have helped organise a bi-annual conference. 

Local Society of the Year Award (small)

Ebbw Vale Metallurgical and Historical Society (EVMHS)

This society has had to reinvent itself in the late 1990s following the decline in both local mining and steelmaking industries. They have taken a lead role in the preserving and promoting the history of many local industries which have now sadly disappeared. They have strong links with the Ebbw Vale Works Museum which is open to the public and showcases many historic aspects if industry in South Wales. Annually the museum gives its many thousands of visitors, such as schools, groups and individuals, an insight into what materials, minerals and mining is all about. EVMHS communicates with members by newsletter, email, printed programme and their own website. They have a very full technical programme of meetings and hold an annual dinner. Many of the members help with the running of the museum and so actively promote and inform many members of the public about metallurgical and mining history. 

Outstanding Contribution Awards

Awarded to Barry Lye CEng CSci FIMMM. Barry has sat on and been involved in many technical committees and boards within the ceramics industry, including the Coalition for Safe Ceramic Ware in Washington DC, the Ceram Council, the Ceramic Industry Forum and the British Ceramic Confederation. He is currently in charge of the technical aspects of sourced tableware for Arc International, a large French glass manufacturing company which sources tableware from various manufacturers in all parts of the world. He is a member of IOM3 membership committee, and has served as President of the Institute. 

Awarded to Keith Purcell FIMMM. Keith Keith has been a member of the Institute of Wood Science (IWSc), and following the amalgamation into IOM3, for 50 years. He is a Past President of the IWSc, and has sat on branch committees and national level committees of the IWSc for 41 years, during which time he has dedicated many hours to the furtherance of the IWSc, and fulfilling committee functions. He is currently a Board member of the IOM3 Wood Technology Society.

Awarded to John Robert (Bob) Moon. Bob has been active for many years in the field of PM and has in the  last fifteen years taken part in every EPMA Summer School as either coordinator or speaker. He has a wide range of publications relating to PM in particular relating to fracture toughness and fatigue. For his encouragement of the uptake of PM by the younger generation he deserves a nomination for this award. His research and interest cover many areas including powder metallurgy. He is passionate about developing younger scientists and is active within summer schools and powder metallurgy short courses.

Roy T Holland Medal

Awarded to Dr Denis Brosnan. Denis has worked for more than 40 years to characterise and improve traditional ceramic products developing a specialisation in forensic analysis of building materials and refractory ceramics. He has published more than 100 papers in various aspects of ceramics and clay products. He is the founding Editor of Brickyard Magazine, a tutorial publication for brick producers in North America. He was instrumental in establishing the hugely successful Clemson USA National Brick makers Forum, which now attracts Delegates and Exhibitors from all over the world. Denis also assisted the ICT to set up the equally successful UK Bretby/Claytech Conference and in 2014, he gave the Mellor Memorial lecture. He has worked closely on a number of major research projects with a number of UK Research and development organisations. His contribution to Ceramic Research and Education were critical factors in his appointment as the Bishop Chaired Professorship in Ceramic and Materials Engineering at Clemson University.

Institute’s Technician Medal

Awarded to Karl Brown EngTech TIMMM. Karl joined British Engines Ltd in 2003, at the age of 16, as an Apprentice Engineer. He has since worked his way to Group Laboratory Technician, giving metallurgical advice and conducting laboratory assessments. Among his achievements to date, he has developed a unique metallographic preparation procedure for HVOF carbide coated samples, which has greatly enhanced quality control, prepared a comprehensive range of heat treatment procedures to ensure reliability and repeatability is achieved by our subcontractors and successfully transferred a laboratory process for the electro-chemical stripping of carbide coatings to a large scale production plant, allowing refurbishment of serviced products and negating the need for costly mechanical removal of the carbide.

Thomas Medal

Awarded to Dr Andrew Howe FIMMM. Andrew joined British Steel in 1979 in their Research and Development laboratories at Swinden Technology Centre, Rotherham and worked for 33 years for the company and its successors, Corus and Tata Steel. He specialised in the area of physical metallurgy, initially in the field of solidification and the modelling of micro-segregation during casting, in which he became an international authority on the field, and then extending into product metallurgy and the understanding of microstructure and mechanical properties for the full range of carbon, alloy and stainless steels produced by the company. He was promoted to Department Manager in 1989 and managed the Physical Metallurgy Department for 10 years, where he drove the development of metallurgical modelling of the steel microstructure during hot rolling, recrystallisation, phase transformation and microstructure-property relationships. The predictive tools developed under his leadership form the basis of the models still used for product development today within Tata Steel, Research & Development. He was appointed a Scientific Fellow in the Steel Metallurgy Department at Tata Steel and a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield in 2001. Andy was always enthusiastic to strengthen the relationship between academia and industry and in later years became the University Liaison officer for Tata Steel in the UK, managing the company’s portfolio of sponsored university research.

Tom Colclough

Awarded to David Crowther CEng. David has carved himself out a reputation as one of Europe’s foremost experts on steel structure property relationships, now working at Tata Steel as Knowledge Group Leader. His knowledge-base covers a wide variety of steels and processing routes, but more critically it is strongly founded on depth of study. His microstructure work is extremely detailed and takes investigations down to very fine levels, critical to many of his areas of work. His work has explored the microstructural relationships in depth and was capable of identifying positive and negative artefacts within the structures developed. He has worked extensively on a wide range of rolled steel products. with an emphasis on higher strength material. Within that grouping he is co-holder of a patent on hot rolled high strength steel strip with improved HAZ softening resistance. His width of knowledge on steel properties and processing has allowed synergy effects to be gained from one product to another. His work on continuously cast products has led to a greater understanding of transverse cracking and as such, has identified significant economic benefits to be gained.

Verulam Medal and Prize

Awarded to Professor Bala Vaidhyanathan. Bala has worked as a Lead-Scientist in the General Electric Corporation - Global Research (GE-GRC) between 2004–2006 and became a Professor at Loughborough University in 2014. He was awarded the K.P. Abraham Gold Medal for Best Doctoral Thesis from the IIS Bangalore in 1998; was the recipient twice of the Inventor Incentive Award by the Penn State Research Foundation in 2000 and 2002; won the Bronze Medal for Innovation from GE Global Research Corporation in 2006 and, most prestigiously, won the Glory of India Award from The India International Friendship Society (IIFS) for contributions in the field of Science, Technology and Education for the year 2010.


Awards for published work

Adrian Normanton Award

Y. S. Lee, S.-M. Jung and D.-J. Min, ‘Effect of surface roughness of MgO substrate on size distribution of inclusions’ 2014. Ironmaking & Steelmaking, Vol. 41 (3), pp. 213 - 218.

Alan Glanvill Award

 C. J. Norris, M. Hale and M. Bennett, ‘Pyrolytic carbon: factors controlling in-rubber performance’ 2014. Plastics, Rubber and Composites. Vol 43 (8), pp. 245 - 256.

Billiton Gold Medal 

C. E. Loo and R. D. Dukino, ‘Laboratory iron ore sintering studies parts 1, 2 & 3’ 2014. Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, Vol. 123 (4)

Douglas Hay Medal

F. T. Suorineni, J. J. Mgumbwa, and  P. K. Kaiser, D. Thibodeau ‘Mining of orebodies under shear loading Part 2 – failure modes and mechanisms’ 2014. Mining Technology, Vol. 123, (4), pp. 240 - 249.

Composite Award

J. Herwan, A. Kondo, S. Morooka and N. Watanabe, ‘Effects of stitch density and stitch thread thickness on mode II delamination properties of Vectran stitched composites’ 2014. Plastics, Rubber and Composites, Vol. 43 (9), pp. 300 - 308.

Cook/Ablett Award

T. Sourmail, F. G. Caballero, C. Garcia-Mateo, V. Smanio, C. Ziegler, M. Kuntz, R. Elvira, A. Leiro,  E. Vuorinen, and T. Teeri, ‘Evaluation of potential of high Si high C steel nanostructured bainite for wear and fatigue applications’ 2013. Materials Science and Technology, Vol. 29 (10), pp. 1166 - 1173

Guy Bengough Award

N. R. Smart, A. P. Rance, P. A. H. Fennell and B. Kursten, ‘Effect of sulphur species on anerobic corrosion of carbon steel in alakline media’ 2014. Corrosion Science and Technology, Vol. 49 (6), pp. 473 - 479

Materials World Medal

Prof Roger Feneley - A National Health Disservice?

Mann Redmayne Medal

H. M. Ahmed, E. Eberhardt and W. S. Dunbar ‘Interaction between block caving and rock slope deformation kinematics as a function of cave position and orientation of discontinuities’ 2014. Mining Technology, Vol. 123 (3), pp. A140 - A148

Mann Redmayne Medal

 S. Ahmad, M. A. Rhamdhani, M. I. Pownceby and W. J. Bruckard, ‘Thermodynamic assessment and experimental study of sulphidation of ilmenite and chromite’ 2014. Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, Vol 123, No 3, B165-B177

Mann Redmayne Medal

F. E. Minz, J. Lasskogen, C. Wanhainen and P. Lamberg, ‘Lithology and mineralisation types of the Rockliden Zn–Cu massive sulphide deposit, north-central Sweden: Implications for ore processing’ 2014. Applied Earth Science, Vol. 123 (1), pp. B2 - B17

Wardell Armstrong Prize

S. Bright, G. Conner, A. Turner and J. Vearncombe, ‘Drill core, structure and digital technologies’ 2014. Applied Earth Science, Vol. 123 (1), pp. B47 - B68

Pfeil Award

M. Marangoni, I. Ponsot, R. Kuusik, and E. Bernardo, ‘Strong and chemically inert sinter crystallised glass ceramics based on Estonian oil shale ash’ 2014. Advances in Applied Ceramics, Vol. 113 (2), pp. 120 - 128

Williams Award

W Zhu, H Yang, A Luinenburg, F van den Berg, S Dickinson, W Yin & A J Peyton ‘Development & Deployment on inline multifrequency electromagnetic system to monitor steel hot transformation on runout table of hot strip mill’ Ironmaking & Steelmaking 2014, vol 41, no 9, pp 685-93

Awards from other bodies

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

Awarded to Professor Javier Pérez-Ramírez. Prof Pérez-Ramírez's research tackles the major concerns facing today's society, such as the energy crisis and the need for environmental protection. His team focus on the fundamental design and technical development of new catalytic materials and reactor engineering concepts, favouring more efficient and sustainable manufacturing within the chemical industry. 

Charles Hatchett Award

B Kuhn, M Talik, L Niewolak, J Zurek, H Hattendorf, P Ennis, W Quadakkers, T Beck, L Singheiser ‘Development of High Chromium Ferritic Steels Strengthened by Intermetallic Phases’

Vanadium Award 2014 (retrospective)

For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy and technology of vanadium and its alloys. Awarded to Shahrooz Nafisi, Muhammad Arafin, Robert Glodowski, Laurie Collins and Jerzy Szpunar for 'Impact of Vanadium Addiiton on APU X100 Steel'.

No nominations received

Composite Award    

The Frank Fitzgerald Medal & Travel Grant


Nominations received but not awarded by the Committee

Gold Medal               

Rowbotham Medal

Not awarded in 2015

Hancock Medal        

Stockowiec Medal & Prize  

STWJ Best Paper Prize

Tom Bell Surface Engineering