Award winners 2008

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Bessemer Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the steel industry. Awarded to Dr Tridibesh Mukherjee, Tata Steel, for his service to the steel industry. He joined Tata in 1971 and rose to Deputy Managing Director (steel). He is now a Board member responsible for R&D and technology, and leads worldwide research into yield improvement.

Sir Andrew Bryan

For sustained and outstanding contributions to the Institute and its activities, awarded to Roger Watmore MIMMM of the Midlands Plastics & Rubber Group. He has given over 20 years' service to the local society, including as Committee Secretary and Chair, the latter while the society merged with IOM3. Watmore chaired the Regional Affairs Committee, and became Chair of the Local Affairs Board in 2004.

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 Adam Curtis CSci, Emeritus Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Glasgow for his research into cell culture and nanobioscience. As an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University's Centre for Cell Engineering he is pioneering work into mechanotransduction and biomaterials.

The Colin Humphreys' Education Awards

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 Susan Wilkinson, Walthamstow Hall, for her enthusiasm and commitment to students' science education, both in and out of the classroom. She runs two science clubs and regularly organises trips and talks for pupils. Christopher Williams, Eckington School, was commended for running solar buggy workshops and organising a primary science festival for 500 pupils.

Futers Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the international minerals industry, awarded to Gordon Riddler CEng FIMMM. He has been the Institute representative in the creation of an international reserves and reporting code.

Gold Medal

For a company, team or individual who has made a significant contribution to the industrial application of materials, awarded to Anthony J Barnes, Superform USA, for his dedication to advancing superplasticity and superplastic forming as a new process. Barnes' work has helped reduce the weight and cost of airframes.

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 Professors Neil Alford FREng FIMMM of Imperial College London and Anthony Roy West, University of Sheffield. Alford is noted for the commercial exploitation of research into structural and electronic materials. He is currently investigating third and fourth generation communications systems tuneable filters in collaboration with industrial partners. West has progressed energy storage and electroceramic devices by exploring the synthesis and characterisation of inorganic materials. He has helped to establish research groups such as the Immobilisation Science Laboratory.

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 Professor Graham Davies, University of Birmingham, for his promotion of materials science, especially nanotechnology. He led the Science and Technology panel within the Innovation and Growth Team for materials, and is now Chair of the Science & Technology Committee of Materials UK.

Medal for Excellence

For conspicuous contribution, either during the year or cumulatively over a number of years, to the art, science and practise of the mining industry. Awarded to Wardell Armstrong for its service to the mining industry. The international consultancy has worked with UK Government departments as well as the World Bank, and developed a mining policy for artisanal miners alongside the Ethiopian Government.

Silver Medal

For Younger Members (normally under the age of 30) 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 Sandrine Heutz of Imperial College London for research on thin film structures. To improve organic photovoltaic devices she introduced new electron donor and acceptor mixed layers. This led to a doubling in cell efficiency. Other areas of research include heterostructure thin films and developing magnetic films with controllable interactions.

Thornton Medal

To a speaker invited to present at either an Institute conference or other specially convened meeting, awarded to Dr Alan Smith, Nanotechnology Industries Association, for presentations forming part of the Institute's role in the European Commission's Framework 6 roadmapping exercise.


Colclough (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 S E Webster MIMMM, Corus Group, for his achievements in steel research and applications in engineering. He has made a significant contribution to fracture mechanics and welding, and consequently increased the life of steel rollers in Concast machines.

Dowding Medal & Prize

In recognition of a major contribution to the invention, development or design of metallurgical plant, particularly rolling and finishing, leading to improved economy, yield or quality in metal production. Awarded to Dr Didier C Farrugia, Corus Group, for his outstanding technical contribution to the modelling of rolling processes. He developed a full iron-based roll pass design suite, the most advanced of its type.

Frank Fitzgerald Medal and Travel Award

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 Mr Johan van Boggelen, Corus Group.

Hadfield Medal & 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 Dr R B Smith, Director R&D Processes, Corus Group, for his leadership of Corus RD&T and contribution to the steel industry (product and process development) both in the UK and globally.

Hancock Medal

To an individual for outstanding service to the rubber industry where such services have benefited either the nation, government authorities or industry. Open only to members of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Awarded to Manu Patel FIMMM of Apar Industries Ltd, India, former Chairman of the Indian Rubber Institute. Having contributed to national and international standardisation and ISO in the rubber industry, he is a worthy recipient of the medal.

Holland Award

In recognition of meritorious service in manufacture and technology within the traditional ceramics industry, awarded to Dr D Spencer, Ibstock Brick, for his outstanding career and technical leadership in heavy clays technology.

Holliday Prize

In recognition of significant or technological contribution relating to any type of composite material, awarded to Ken Forsdyke, Fortech, for his strategic work to promote and develop the composites community within the UK and abroad. He helped found Composites UK and organises SMEs' exhibitions at the annual JEC conference.

Hume Rothery Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievements concerned with phase relationship in metallic materials or non-metallic materials of metallurgical interest, awarded to Dr Jeff Taylor, Elands Consultancy, for appreciating how phase equilibria calculation techniques can be applied in industry. He has developed software to monitor and control precious metal extraction from sulphide ores.

Jenkins Award

In recognition of significant contribution which has enhanced the scientific, industrial or technological understanding of materials processing or component production using particulate materials, awarded to Professor Stuart Blackburn, Birmingham University, for his dedication to the field of solids, and extrusion and injection moulding of particulate materials. He has been involved with UN industrial development projects in India and Turkey, and has set up a related training programme in Birmingham.

Kroll Medal & Prize

In recognition of significant contribution which has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of materials, normally inorganic. Awarded to Professor Ivan Parkin, University College London. His research into the deposition of compound materials onto glass led to the development of the world's first self-cleaning glass.

T B Marsden Award

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 Dixie Dean (retired). Dean is probably the oldest member of IOP: The Packaging Society under its former guise as the Institute of Packaging. He set up the East Midlands Packaging Diploma in seven locations, and lectured as part of the course. He has chaired the Institute's Council and sat on the Board of Trustees.

Overseas Award

For a member resident overseas, for the best paper presented at an Institute symposium, or published in a mining journal or for notable contribution to development of the Institute overseas. Awarded to Professor Michael Khor, NTU Singapore.

Rosenhain Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievement in any branch of materials science, preference being given to candidates under the age of 40, awarded to Dr Sarah Hainsworth CEng CSci FIMMM, University of Leicester, for research on nanoindentation. She was heavily involved in establishing, and now directs, the Advanced Microscopy Centre at the University. Hainsworth works with industry in forensic engineering, and is considered the UK expert on characterisation of pointed weapons.

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 John Edward Sellors CEng MIMMM, Lotus Engineering, for materials selection expertise spanning metallic components and clays.

Stokowiec Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work related to the technical, manufacturing, processing or engineering application of alloy steels. Awarded to Dr Nigel G Needham, former Outokumpu Stainless employee (now retired) for technical development and production of stainless steel. His research into alloy and high alloy steels is of note.

Swinburne Award

To recognise the achievement of a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and knowledge of any field related to the science, engineering or technology of plastics. It is a requirement of acceptance that the recipient shall prepare and deliver the Swinburne Lecture on an occasion selected by the Institute. Awarded to Professor Phil Coates FREng FIMMM, Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Bradford, for his contribution to the understanding of polymer processing and the industrial application of this research. He developed an in-situ real-time process measurement that embraces melt and solid phases, and is particularly noted for his work on characterisation.

Thomas Medal & Prize

In recognition of scientific or technological contribution to the production or secondary processing of any ferrous alloy, awarded to Kenneth Broome, Corus Group, for his longstanding career in the technical development and production of special and engineering steels. He is a past president of the UK Electric Steelmakers Guild and a world-renowned expert on electric arc furnace steelmaking and refining.

Verulam Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished contributions to refractories or any other type of ceramic materials, awarded to Dr Julie Yeomans, University of Surrey, for her positive and committed leadership. She was instrumental in creating the EPSRC's Structural Ceramics Network, and, as its Chair, has worked hard to increase engagement from the community and roadmap structural ceramics.


Alan Glanvill Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of polymers. Awarded to N Chen (Sichuan University), L Li and Q Wang, for the paper “New technology for thermal processing of poly (vinyl alcohol)”. Plastics, Rubber and Composites No 7/8 2007 Vol 36, No7/8, pp283-290.

Billiton Gold Medal

For the best paper published in Transactions C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (MPEM). Awarded to G B Hoang, Ausmelt Limited and Professor D R Swinbourne, RMIT University, for their paper ‘Indium distribution between FeO-CaO-SiO2 slags and lead bullion at 12,000°C,' MPEM, June 2007, Vol 116, No 2, pp133-138.

Composite Award

For published work of particular merit in the field of composites, awarded to R C Easby, C Konstantis, G La Delfa, V Urso Miano, A Elmughrabi and A G Gibson, Newcastle University, and A P Mouritz and S Feih of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, for the paper ‘Failure model for phenolic and polyester pultrusions under load in fire', Plastics, Rubber and Composites, November 2007, Vol 36, No 9, pp379-402.

Cook Ablett Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of metals. Awarded to R L Higginson, M A E Jepson and G D West, Loughborough University, for the paper ‘Use of EBSD to characterise high temperature oxides formed on low alloy and stainless steels', Materials Science and Technology, November 2007, Vol 22, No 11, pp1325-1332.

Douglas Hay Award

For the best paper published in Transactions A: Mining Technology. Awarded to I S Lowndes, Z Y Yang, S W Kingman, S A Silvester and M A Tucket for their paper ‘A parametric study of a longwall district climate prediction and planning model', Mining Technology (Trans. IMM A), September 2006, Vol 115, No 3, pp 99-121.

Guy Bengough Award

For a paper published by the Institute which makes an outstanding contribution to the subject of corrosion and degradation of all types of materials and their control. Awarded to I T Kim, Pusan National University, and Y Itoh, Nagoya University, for their paper ‘Accelerated exposure tests as evaluation tool for estimating life of organic coatings on steel bridges', Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, September 2007, Vol 42, No 3, pp242-252.

James S Walker Award

For a published paper or an unpublished project report by a student on the subject of polymers. Awarded to R McCool and P J Martin, both of Queens University, Belfast, and E Harkin-Jones, for the paper ‘Process modelling for control of product wall thickness in thermoforming', Plastics, Rubber and Composites, October 2006, Vol 35, No 8, pp340-347.

Materials World Award

An annual award to recognise an important feature or review published during the year within the Institute's member magazines. Nominations proposed from the magazine group and membership are reviewed by the Awards Committee. Awarded to T Peijs, M Reece, F Inam, H Yan, R Zhang and D Hua, Nanoforce, for the paper ‘Firing on all cylinders', Materials World, October 2007, pp24-25.

Pfeil Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of ceramics. Awarded to R Sheppard, University of Western Sydney, and J Nowotny, University of New South Wales, for their paper 'Materials for photoelectrochemical energy conversion', Advances in Applied Ceramics, 2007, Vol 106 (1-2), pp9-20.

Wardell Armstrong Prize

For the best paper published in Transactions B: Applied Earth Science. Awarded to R A Bowden, Geodec Consulting, and R P Shaw, British Geological Society, for the paper ‘The Kayelera uranium deposit, Northern Malawi: past exploration activities, economic geology and decay series disequilibrium', Applied Earth Science (Trans IMM B), June 2007, Vol 116, No 2, pp55-67.

Williams Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit concerned with the manufacture and use of iron and steel. Awarded to G Thewlis, Corus Group, for the paper ‘Effect of cerium sulphide particle dispersions on acicular ferrite microstructure development in steels', Materials Science & Technology, February 2006, Vol 22, No 2, pp153-166.


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 given to candidates under 40. Awarded to Professor Neil B McKeown, University of Cardiff. More

Harvey Flower Titanium Prize 2006 (retrospective)

Offered by the Titanium Information Group to students, graduates, and practicing materials engineers. The winning entry will, in the opinion of the judges, contribute most constructively to: an improved understanding of titanium metallurgy or alloy development; a new application for titanium or titanium alloys; a significant extension of the use of titanium; the enhancement of the performance of titanium in an existing application; or any other scientific or technological innovation or improvement in connection with the production, processing and use of titanium and its alloys. Awarded to Professor William John Evans, Swansea University. His model of quasi-cleavage facet formation and fatigue crack initiation has been a universal model for titanium research. He has helped organise the World Titanium Conference and is a regular attendee.

Vanadium Award 2007 (retrospective)

For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy and technology of vanadium and its alloys. Awarded to Dr Young-Min Kim, Sang Yong Shin, Hackeol Lee, Byoungchul Hwang, Sunghak Lee and Nack J. Kim for their paper “Effects of Molybdenum and Vanadium Addition on Tensile and Charpy Impact Properties of AP1 X70 Linepipe Steels”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, August 2007.

Charles Hatchett Award

For the best paper on the science and technology of niobium and it alloys. Sponsored by Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao (CBMM) and selected by the Charles Hatchett Award International Panel. Awarded to Toshaiaki Urabe, Yoshihiko Ono, Takeshi Fujita, Yuji Yamasaki and Yoshihiro Hosoya, for their paper ‘State-of-Art Nb-bearing Cold-rolled Steel Sheet for Automotive Application, International Symposium of Niobium Microalloyed Sheet Steel for Automotive Application, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, 2006.


Mann Redmayne Award

To a non-corporate member, under 35 years of age, who is the author of the best paper published in the Transactions of the Institute.


Colwyn Medal

To an individual for outstanding services to the rubber industry of a scientific, technical or engineering character. Given alternate odd years with the Hancock.

Grunfeld Medal & Prize

In recognition of professional contribution which 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. Given alternate odd years with the Stokowiec.

Prince Philip Award

For polymers in the service of mankind. Awarded not more than once every two years, not less than once every five years. Instituted to commemorate the presentation of the first Honorary Fellowship of the PRI to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on 22 May 1973. International, open to members and non-members, individuals, companies, partnerships, associations, societies or academic institutions. Names and addresses of two independent referees required. Last awarded 2006.