Award Winners 2010

The 2010 premier awards were presented at a ceremony in July; other awards were presented at suitable occasions during the year.

See also Awards for Outstanding Service

Premier Awards

Awards for Personal Achievement

Awards for Published Work

Awards given by other bodies

Awards receiving no nominations for 2010

Awards not available for 2010


Tom Bell Award

For the excellence and outstanding contribution of an individual in surface engineering. Awarded to Professor John Nicholls FIMMM, Cranfield University, who has been active in the field of high temperature surface engineering and corrosion since 1978. He established the National High Temperature Surface Engineering Centre and is a world expert on this area of materials science. Nicholls moved to Cranfield in 1974 as a Research Officer and advanced his career to become a Professor in 1991. His seminal work on coating systems to combat high temperature corrosion and wear has led to improved processes and coatings. He works closely with Rolls-Royce on its thermal barrier coatings for gas turbines.

Bessemer Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the steel industry. Awarded to Professor Mike Sellars FIMMM, University of Sheffield. Sellars' expertise lies in microstructure changes and how hot working effects the properties of materials. This research, and by combining empirical equations and laboratory simulations, has led to several models of the rolling process which are remain in use today. Sellars has pushed forward educational courses in steel technology, including flat and section rolling, which are well supported by industry. His impressive career includes over 10 years as the Pohang Iron and Steel Company Professor of Iron and Steel Technology.

Sir Andrew Bryan

For sustained and outstanding contributions to the Institute and its activities, awarded to Dr Chris Corti FIMMM. Corti joined the former Institution of Metallurgists back in 1963 as a student member. He has represented the Institute on the Engineering Council's Regional Organisation Committee for Thames Valley. He has been an active supporter of the Young Persons' Lecture Competition as a way of promoting materials science to students. Corti has served on Council, the membership committee, the Professional Policy Board and The Member's Benevolent Trust. 

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 Professor James Kirkpatrick, Institute of Pathology, for successfully bringing together academic research and clinical applications. He heads up a clinical pathology department and is well known for his support of upcoming researchers. He sits on a number of editorial advisory boards for biomedical journals and is an external reviewer for funding agencies such as the Medical Research Council and the EPSRC.

Futers Gold Medal

For outstanding services to the international minerals industry, awarded to Dr Christopher Fleming, Consultant for SGS. Fleming already holds an award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum for advancing metallurgical understanding in Canada. After 16 years working in hydrometallurgical research and development for Mintek in South Africa, he moved to Lakefield Research in Canada, rising from General Manager to CEO. SGS bought out the company and Fleming became Vice-President – Global Metallurgy, with responsibility for the company's worldwide metallurgy business.

Gold Medal

For a company, team or individual who has made a significant contribution to the industrial application of materials, awarded to Dr Derek Allen. Allen works for Alstom Power and is seconded to the Technology Strategy Board to advise on energy generation and supply. In this role he works to ensure new and sustainable energy materials receive industrial and governmental backing. His academic work focuses on high temperature and energy materials. He chairs the Materials UK Energy Working Group which was formed following a recommendation from the former Department of Trade and Industry's Materials Innovation and Growth Team. He also chairs the European Technology Platform on Advanced Materials and the UK Advanced Power Generation Technical Forum. He is involved with the EPSRC on its SUPERGEN 2 programme.

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 Professor Robin Grimes FIMMM, Imperial College London, for work in nuclear engineering. He spent time abroad at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA while holding a post as Reader in Atomistic Simulation at Imperial's Department of Materials Science. He balances his academic commitments of leading the EPSRC consortium on nuclear and Director of Imperial's Centre for Nuclear Engineering with media appearances in support of nuclear energy.

Local Society of the Year – new for 2009

Award for society with less than 30 average attendance – Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association (SPRA). The judges were impressed that SPRA has generated an increase of approximately 20% in membership over the last year. It has an excellent website which is easy to navigate and extremely informative. Communication with members is frequent, mostly via an excellent series of newsletters. There is interaction with local schools and teachers via the Polymer Study Tour and organised visits. The Association makes a conscious effort to build its meetings around subjects which members can use for CPD.
Award for society with 30 or more average attendance – Midland Institute of Mining Engineers (MIME). The local society shows an impressive number of new members and is commited to assisting new students to become members of both MIME and IOM3. It also uses travel scholarships and the AMCO Bursary to involve younger members. Communication is carried out via post and e-mail. It produces an annual paper copy of its yearbook which allows receipients to communicate with each other. Its website is well organised, giving details of forthcoming events and meetings. It has a younger members’ section, covers scholarships and awards, and allows access to the yearbook and past seminars. It holds a number of social functions and organises a safety seminar on an annual basis. The MIME also participates in joint meetings via a video link between different locations in the surrounding area.

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 Andrew Watson FIMMM, Commercial Manger of the Mines Rescue Services. Watson secured the financial future of the Services by expanding its offerings into training and health and safety to mitigate the loss of revenue as UK mines closed. He has advocated an industry-recognised training scheme for the Service. The company offers health and safety training to the mining sector, as well as to wider industry and other search and rescue organisations.

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 G Thompson OBE FIMMM, The University of Manchester.

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 Dr Christopher Gourlay ProfGrad, Imperial College London. He is part way through a Royal Academy of Engineering and EPSRC Research Fellowship and is co-inventor of an international patent on removing nickel from lead-free solders. His interest lies in light casting and soldering alloys. With regards to the former, he has concentrated on the deformation of partially-solid alloys. This led to collaboration with a Japanese group to use synchrotron X-ray video microscopy. By noticing shear band-formation in iceberg floes and rocks in magma, he was able to establish links with researchers into soil-mechanics.

Stokowiec Medal and Prize

In recognition of distinguished work related to the technical, manufacturing, processing or engineering application of alloy steels. Awarded to John Martin MIMMM. Martin is one of BP's most senior and experienced metallurgists in the area of exploration and production. In a career spanning almost 30 years, he has been involved in every metallurgical aspect of oil and gas exploration and production, ranging from operations, projects, field support and research and development. His work has resulted in a significant understanding, development and advancement in high strength steel in the oil and gas sector.

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 Ton Peijs ProfGrad, Queen Mary University of London, for work on processing-structure-property relationships of polymers and their composites. His research has covered biobased materials, nano- and thermoplastic composites, and natural fibre-reinforced plastics. Much of his work has been commercialised, such as recyclable self-reinforced polypropylene and commingled PLA/flax textile yarns for biodegradable composites.


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 Professor T Neville Baker FIMMM, retired from the University of Strathclyde, for research into microalloyed steels. He began his career by studying the use of vanadium in microalloyed steels, and over the 40 years that followed he expanded into the use of titanium and zirconium. He used thin foil TEM to further knowledge of the combined carbonitride phases that form in some steels. His work has covered toughness in heat affected zones of welded products and includes upstream research into microalloyed thin slab steels. Employing this knowledge has helped plant operators better understand the direct charging process, which has led to energy and yield savings.

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 John Wadsworth, Corus. Wadsworth's expertise lies in computer modelling techniques and in particular finite element (FE) analysis into solidification processes, rolling forces and metallurgical phase transformation. He has helped improve yield and shape at the Medium Section Mill, Scuthorpe, and Hayange plants of Corus by combining advanced FE models with instrumentation such as high speed cameras and thermal imaging. Wadsworth looked into the force applied to the mushy zone within the rolls of a concast machine to enable a new design to be perfected. The machine was able to verify the FE model.

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 Dr Liam Way IAMMM, Process Development Manager – Steelmaking and Casting, Corus Strip Products UK. He has received several notable accolades including the 2001 Institute Materials Science and Technology National Literature Review Prize. He has always viewed continuous development as essential not only to his career, but also to his personal and professional growth. He proactively addresses this with further training, reading  literature and attending international conferences. For his travel scholarship, he plans to visit steel plants in South Korea.

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 Craig Priday, SMS Mevac UK. Priday has been employed by SMS Mevac UK and its predecessors since 1990, starting out as a Process Metallurgist. During his time with the company he has worked on projects for British Steel, notably  turn key secondary steelmaking installations at Port Talbot and Lackenby. He became Managing Director in 2001. Since then, the company has designed and built many metallurgical units worldwide, with particular success in India.

Holland Award

In recognition of meritorious service in manufacture and technology within the traditional ceramics industry, awarded to Alan Baxter FIMMM. Baxter joined the ceramics industry at the age of 15 as an apprentice at Butterley Brick. He soon developed a passion for the industry and, after rising to Works Manager, moved to North Wales where he was responsible for eight factories. He joined Baggeridge Brick in 1984 as its CEO and in the space of five years increased its output from 35 million bricks per year to over 250 million. He played a major role in the technical innovation of blue brick production using a continuous vertical flow line basis. When Baggeridge was taken over by Wienberger, he became CEO of Weinberger UK and took responsibility for integrating the two companies. He is also Chair of the Brick Development Association and Past President of the International Clay Technology Association of IOM3.

Holliday Prize

In recognition of significant or technological contribution relating to any type of composite material, awarded to Professor Paul Curtis FIMMM for linking up academia involved in composites with industry. A former head of the Composite Materials Group at RAE, Curtis works for DSTL as Lead Capability Advisor for structures and materials to the UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD). In this position he is responsible for MOD-funded materials research, including the MAST consortium which supplies materials solutions to the MOD. Curtis is active on several committees, such as the EPSRC College, the TWI Research Board and the National Technical Committee for Materials.

Hume Rothery Prize

In recognition of distinguished achievements concerned with phase relationship in metallic materials or non-metallic materials of metallurgical interest, awarded to Professor Rainer Schmid-Fetzer for his international career spanning over three decades. He specialises in phase equilibria by experiment and calculation from thermodynamic data and is interested in industrial applications of research. He has developed computer programs and techniques to calculate phases equilibria and has provided sets of self-consistent parameters for calculation purposes by critically assessing phase diagrams and thermodynamic data.

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 Mandy Martin-Smith and Amy Preece for the Tower of London Materials Experience. This outreach project based in central London has been educating school pupils for the last five years. It includes several teaching programmes, including those on armour, protective wear and forensic techniques. The programmes can be tailored to meet teachers' needs, to support specific aspects of the school curriculum, and to the capability of the students.

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 Aldo Boccaccini FIMMM, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He moved to the University in late 2009 after working at Imperial College London. He has made a significant impact in the field of electrophoretic deposition (EPD), a cost-effective technique which produces materials from particulate and colloidal suspensions. He heads up a research group which seeks to increase understanding of EPD and develop techniques to optimise ceramic and composite materials processing. His work has proved that EPD is suitable for bioactive coatings such as the electrophoretic manipulation of carbon nanotubes.

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 Karen Scrivener MIMMM for research into cement and concrete science. Having obtained a PhD from Imperial College London followed by a job as a lecturer at its Department of Materials, Scrivener left academia to work for Lafarge Cement. She headed up the calcium aluminates department, leading a team of researchers. She was drawn back to the world of research by a position with EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, to work as Director of the Laboratory of Construction Materials.

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 Gwilym Lloyd FIMMM for his support of the International Clay Technology Association (ICTa). Lloyd was ICTa National Honorary General Secretary during the merger with IOM3, and has previously held the posts of National Chairman and President. Training has been at the forefront of his work for the Institute; he help to found the Education and Training Trust which supports individuals' training and development. He has also been involved with IOM3 at a local level, as Chair of the Lancashire Local Society in 1980.

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 Professor Molly Stevens FIMMM, Imperial College London. Stevens is active in the field of biomaterials, and is renowned for her fundamental research and the clinical and industrial impact of her work. As a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, USA, she developed an in vivo bioreactor that generated, for the first time, large volumes of fully vascularised and hierarchically-organised bone for transplantation. The work could be used to regenerate liver and pancreatic tissue. Stevens founded BioCeramics Therapeutics Ltd, a spin-out from Imperial, to commercialise bioactive glasses and nanostructered polymer scaffolds.

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 Dr Steven Maggs FIMMM at the Warwick Manufacting Group. Maggs teaches undergraduates and postgraduates. As part of this role he directs the Formula Student project which encourages students to design and build a single seater sports car. He is also mentoring a team which is building the first race car made from sustainable and renewable materials. 

Thomas Medal & Prize

In recognition of scientific or technological contribution to the production or secondary processing of any ferrous alloy, awarded to Haydn Chilcott. Chilcott retired in September 2009 as Technical Manager of a Process Development Group. He has made a huge contribution to the South Wales steel industry over 35 years. The application of his knowledge of steel strip products together with sound common sense and his boundless enthusiasm made a major contribution to the step change in strip quality over this period. Many young technologists will have successful careers based on the solid foundations provided by his coaching.

Thornton Medal (incorporating the Clerk Maxwell Award)

To a speaker invited to present at either an Institute conference or another specially convened meeting. Awarded to Dr Ludwig Schultz for his lecture at the international Euromat conference. Schultz studied Physics at the University of Goettingen and received his PhD in 1976 with a thesis on flux pinning in superconductors. He continued as Research Assistant at the University and as a postdoctor at IBM's Thomas J Watson Research Center. He became a professor at TU Dresden and director of the Institute of Metallic Materials at the Leibniz Institute of Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden. Since April 2008, he is also the Scientific Director of this institute. His main activities concern permanent magnets, CMR materials, magnetic thin films, magnetic shape memory alloys and superconducting levitation ­­systems.

Verulam Medal & Prize

In recognition of distinguished contributions to refractories or any other type of ceramic materials, awarded to Professor Michael Reece Affiliate, Professor in Functional Ceramics, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Reece founded the UK Ceramics Matrix Composite Group at the National Physical Laboratory and is chair of the IOM3 Functional Materials Committee. He hopes to commercialise spark plasma sintering (SMS) materials with spin-out companies, indeed he is director of one such spin-out from QMUL, Nanoforce Technology Ltd. He has set up the first SPS furnace in the UK to produce new structural and functional ceramics.


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 R Narapaju, V B Trindade, H-J Christ and U Krupp, for their paper ‘Effect of shot peening on high temperature oxidation behaviour of boiler steel; experimental results and simulation', Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology, Vol 44, No 3, June 2009, pp211-217.

Billiton Gold Medal

For the best paper published in Transactions C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy (MPEM). Awarded to P C Holloway and T H Etsell, for their paper ‘Recovery of zinc, gallium and indium from La Oroya zinc ferrite using Na2CO3 roasting', MPEM, Vol 117, No 3, September 2008, pp137-146.

Composite Award

For published work of particular merit in the field of composites, awarded to V Koissin, J Kustermans, S V Lomov, I Verpoest, H Nakai, T Kurashiki, K Hamada, Y Momoji and M Zako, for their paper ‘Structurally stitched woven performs; experimental characterisation, geometrical modelling and EE analysis', Plastics, Rubber and Composites, 2009, Vol 38, No 2-4, pp98-105.

Cook Ablett Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of metals. Awarded to H Mughrabi, for his paper ‘Microstructural aspects of high temperature deformation of nanocrystalline nickel base superalloys; some open problems', Materials Science and Technology, February 2009, Vol 25, No2, pp192-204.

Douglas Hay Award

For the best paper published in Transactions A: Mining Technology. Awarded to A S Bamber, B Klein, R C Pakalnis and M J Scoble, for their paper 'Integrated mining, processing and waste disposal systems for reduced energy and operating costs at Xstrata Nickel’s Sudbury Operations', Mining Technology, September 2008, Vol 117, No 3, pp142-153.  

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. Awarded to F R Albor Consuegra and R Dimitrakopoulos, for their paper 'Stochastic mine design optimisation based on simulated annealing; pit limits, production schedules, multiple orebody scenarios and sensitivity analysis', Mining Technology, June 2009, Vol 118, No 2, pp79-90.

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 Craig Durham MIMMM, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd, for his paper ‘Barrels in the wood', Materials World, February 2009, pp38-39.

Pfeil Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of ceramics. Awarded to E Bernardo, L Esposito, E Rambaldi and A Tucci, Universita di Padova, Italy, for their paper 'Glass based stoneware as a promising route for the recycling of waste glasses', Advances in Applied Ceramics, January 2009, Vol 108, No 1, pp2-8.

James S Walker Award

For a published paper or an unpublished project report by a student on the subject of polymers. Awarded to Jennifer Brown, University of Oxford, for her paper 'Glazing in Transparent Water Soluble Films to Encapsulate Consumer Products'. This forms the title of her third year research project, which is exploring a phenomenon observed in PVA films used for water-soluble packaging.

Wardell Armstrong Prize

For the best paper published in Transactions B: Applied Earth Science. Awarded to A J Benham, P Kováč, M G Petterson, I Rojkovic, M T Styles, A G Gunn, J A McKervey and A Wasy, for their paper 'Chromite and PGE in the Logar Ophiolite Complex, Afganistan', Applied Earth Science, 2009, Vol 118, No 2, pp45-58.

Williams Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit concerned with the manufacture and use of iron and steel. Awarded to P Kaushik, H Pietel and H Yin, for their paper 'Inclusion characterisation-tool for measurement of steel cleanliness and process control', Ironmaking and Steelmaking, 2009, Vol 36, No 8, pp572-576.


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 Dr Suwan Jayasinghe for his contribution to applied materials science in the field of healthcare. His seminal research has led to a new field of study, biological aerosols, and shown just how important materials science research is to healthcare. His work has potential application in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and controlled and targetted therapeutics through cells. He has developed techniques suitable for a range of living materials, from single cells to organisms, without causing any damage to them.

Harvey Flower Titanium Prize 2009 (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 Dr David Dye FIMMM, Imperial College London, for research into micromechanics and phase stability of beta-titanium. He has pioneered the use of synchrotron X-ray diffraction and TEM to investigate this material. His findings have had commercial application for the likes of Rolls-Royce, a major user of titanium alloys, and in landing gear for Airbus and Boeing. It is particularly appropriate that Dye receives this award as he worked with Professor Flower at Imperial and has advanced Flower's work on thermal phases by looking at their impact on the deformation of metals.

Vanadium Award 2009 (retrospective)

For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy and technology of vanadium and its alloys. Awarded to Prof. T Neville Baker for his paper 'Processes, microstructure and properties of vanadium microalloyed steels', Materials Science and Technology, 2009, Vol 25, No 9, pp1,083-1,107.

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 Sandrine Bremer, Volker Flaxa and Franz M Knoop for their paper 'A novel alloying concept for thermo-mechanical hot-rolled strip for large diameter HTS (Helical Two Step) line pipe'.

Watch the presentation of the Charles Hatchett Memorial Lecture 2010 by Sandrine Bremer on IOM3 TV


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.

Alan Glanvill Award

For a paper published by the Institute of particular merit in the field of polymers. 

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. Given alternate odd years with the Colwyn.

International Award (formerly the 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.


Colwyn Medal

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

Grunfeld (Dr Paul Grunfeld) Memorial Award and Medal

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 Stokowiec.