IOM3 congratulates the winners of the 2017 IOM3 Awards, Medals and Prizes, as listed below.  

Premier Awards

Prof John G Speer

Prof John G Speer

John is a leader and spokesman for the steel industry. As a professor at the Colorado School of Mines and Director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Centre, he has contributed significantly to workforce development, with a strong record of attracting students to careers in the steel industry, students who are now positioning themselves to lead the steel industry of the future. He is an active force in a number of professional societies where he has contributed his time to ensure that engineers and scientists at all levels have the opportunity to maintain and advance their careers. He is also a world leader in the innovation and exploitation of new third generation advanced high strength steels, which are critical to maintaining the competitiveness of steel as a material of choice in vehicle designs. 

Prof Mohan Edirisinghe FREng

Prof Mohan Edirisinghe FREng

Chapman Medal

Mohan's internationally leading research has created numerous seminal outcomes generating an enormous impact on the global status quo of biomaterials and biomedical engineering, causing a paradigm shift in areas crucial to the betterment of life, particularly healthcare. He was the first to use electrohydrodynamic (EHD) for materials forming and invented two key methods: (i) EHD-printing to pattern bioactive microstructures an order of magnitude finer than those of ink-jet printing, (ii) EHD-jet spraying to produce graded porous/foam structures for tissue engineering. More recently, he pioneered template-assisted EHD-jet forming to create unique nano- and micro-scale structures of bioactive materials (patents granted worldwide) and was the first to demonstrate that such discontinuous coatings offer cellular texturing and huge commercial advantages. Recent work has also included the creation of a family of novel gyratory forming methods for polymeric fibres and microbubbles with industrially attractive yields gaining advancement in key areas such as antimicrobial resistance, tissue engineering.

Prof Manfred Klüppel

Prof Manfred Klüppel

Colwyn Medal

Since 2002 Manfred has worked there as the Head of Department in the Material Concepts and Modelling Group. DIK is the largest rubber research activity in Europe. In addition, since 2003 Manfred has also been a Lecturer at the Leibniz-University Hannover and he became a full Professor of Polymer Materials in 2013 teaching elastomer physics and rubber technology. His research interests include elastomer based functional materials, reinforcement mechanisms of elastomers by active fillers, polymer fluid dynamics and rheology, soft matter contact mechanics and friction as well as interfacial phenomena in rubber composites and blends. Manfred has published more than 200 scientific papers on polymer science and elastomer physics. In 2009 he co-authored the book "Reinforcement of Polymer Nano-Composites" published by Cambridge University Press. I have seen him lecture on more than 20 occasions at international conferences and workshops in Europe, Asia and USA. His citation h-index is now over 30 with many of his most cited papers being cited in excess of 200 times. These include the seminal papers on Recent advances in the theory of filler networking in elastomers in Adv. Polym. Sci. (2002) and The Role of Disorder in Filler Reinforcement of Elastomers on Various Length Scales in Adv. Polym. Sci. (2003). He regularly delivers workshops about elastomer reinforcement, interfacial phenomena and rubber friction. His contributions to rubber science and technology can be regarded as a physically based understanding of the various phenomena and mechanisms related to the strongly non-linear response of elastomer nano-composites. His scientific achievements include the development of micro-structure based material models that have been applied in numerical simulations with the Finite Element Method. In cooperation with Gert Heinrich (a previous winner of the Colwyn medal in 2015) he has developed a multi-scale contact mechanics and friction theory about rough fractal surfaces, which is widely adopted now in the tyre industry to predict of tire traction on dry and wet roads or other tribological investigations. 

Derek J Barratt CEng FIMMM ARSM

Derek J Barratt CEng FIMMM ARSM

Futers Gold Medal

Derek graduated in 1963 with a BSc in Mineral Technology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. He has accumulated 50 years of experience in base and precious metal concentrator operations and metallurgical process design. Derek has extensive expertise in comminution, particularly SAG milling, SAG mill design and operation, tradeoff studies and applying new technologies. Derek has been engaged in plant startups, commissioning, and process optimisation on facilities around the world including the largest grinding plants ever constructed. In 1979, Derek pioneered and published the concept of using Bond Work Indices in equations for use in simulation of mill sizing and grinding circuit design for Autogenous and Semi-autogenous application, pre-dating JK DWT, SMC/DWI, SPI and SAGMILLING.COM. In 2005, he developed Millpower2000, which has the capability of assessing test results from multi-sample Geometallurgical and different test protocol programmes, on a same sample basis and for all recognized ore types. Derek has published 45 technical papers concerning comminution and mineral processing. In addition, he has served as lead lecturer for a SAIMM Comminution School in 1991, as Coeditor and Vice Chair for the SAG1996 and Coeditor and Chair of the SAG 2001 Conferences, and Committee Secretary/Technical Advisor/Editor to the SME Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice, and Control Symposium in 2002.

BP Exploration & Production Co. Ltd

BP Exploration & Production Co. Ltd

Gold Medal (joint)

BP Exploration and Production Co. Ltd' Materials Team, based in Sunbury-on-Thames and Houston, has long been a front runner in the industrial application of materials in the oil and gas sector. Its 39 materials, welding and corrosion specialists are responsible for materials that must perform in extreme environments including locations 12km beneath the seabed, offshore systems more than a kilometre underwater and immense, remote offshore and onshore gathering, processing, injection and storage facilities. In 2016, the team made significant achievements in materials engineering. It delivered first industrial application of several new high strength material grades. These ground-breaking economic alloys must perform in extreme environments with temperatures in excess of 170°C, pressures exceeding 1,000 bar, in complex and highly acidic fluids. These first applications were a result of a decade of BP directed research and collaboration with the supply chain and build on BPs long history of introducing new materials into oil and gas service: a history that has included not just new alloys, but flexible metal-polymer hybrids, elastomers and composites. In 2016 it led the industry in materials selection, introducing a rigorous approach to assessing performance under high pressure. A decade of effort in developing the science, engineering tools and robust testing methods have enabled BP to lay its first subsea pipeline and install its first downhole casing pipe in systems designed using these principles. For these two applications alone, the work is key to the economic recovery of over 230 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. Furthermore, the Materials Team steers tens of millions of pounds of research, and is responsible for the manufacture, fabrication and operation of materials worth billions of pounds. Through deep collaborations with leading Universities and esteemed Research Organisations, with materials manufacturers and fabricators and partners, the team ensures that BP materials decisions are competitive and safe. The team has worked hard to benefit the Oil and Gas sector as a whole. Its specialists are very active in mentoring the future generation of engineers and in international materials standards covering BSi, ANSI, ISO, NACE and API, where its work as chairs, committee members and country representatives continues to benefit the safety of the industry as a whole. For its contributions to the safe, competitive and innovative use of materials in the Oil and Gas sector both in the UK and overseas, BP's Materials Team is a deserving candidate for the Gold Medal.

Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM)

Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM)

Gold Medal (joint)

CBMM are a privately owned Brazilian company founded in 1955 in Araxá, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on the site of a large niobium ore deposit. Decades of investment in niobium technology, niobium applications and customer service have earned them the position of the world's leading niobium producer. This award nomination is specifically for their mine operation at Araxá, which includes the mine, technology centre, laboratory and environmental centre. It is a world leader in how to operate a mine for the long term, treating the resource responsibly and having a social license to operate. All processing is done on site as well as smelting and so only the high value product leaves the gates. Research and development in the processing and smelting of Niobium, Rare Earths (also present at the site) and the advanced applications of Niobium are also undertaken at the mine site at their state of the art technology, laboratory and process research centre. They have an internationally important resource and want to ensure that the full technological benefit is achieved from it. CBMM has worked diligently to develop applications where niobium is the most efficient technological solution based on its own technical merits. The Company promotes the use of niobium in applications where its properties make it the clear choice due to improved efficiency, safety and performance. The most important application for niobium is as an alloying element to strengthen steel without impairing its ductility properties. Advanced applications include superconducting materials. Decades of investment in the technology of niobium products and processes have resulted in the Company's cutting-edge facilities to process pyrochlore and transform it into some of the most sophisticated solutions to the challenges of the modern age. CBMM's comprehensive program to develop new niobium applications and products invests in technological improvements of the processes used to manufacture niobium products. They provide an online niobium technology library via their website with access to papers on the use of niobium in automotive, pipeline, structural and stainless steels. To develop new niobium solutions, on average 2% of CBMM's revenue is invested in research and development activities that are carried out in-house and in partnership with research institutes, universities and customers. CBMM was the first mining and metallurgy company in the world to obtain ISO 14001 certification. This accomplishment was the fruit of the Company's voluntary implementation of an environmental management system incorporating sound environmental and social practices.

Prof Nicola M Pugno

Prof Nicola M Pugno

Griffith Medal & Prize

Nicola has more than 320 international journals papers and a vast number of plenary talks. Nicola has innovated extensively in his field especially in the field of Nanomechanics, across several disciplines thanks to his multidisciplinary background in Engineering (where he has a Master and a PhD degree), as well as in Physics (Master degree) and in Biology (PhD). He has pioneering works in carbon nanotubes, graphene, bio-inspired materials, such as gecko-inspired super adhesive surfaces, lotus leaf-inspired super-hydrophobicity and self-cleaning surfaces, limpet teeth-inspired super-strong materials, spider silk-inspired super-tough materials and bone-inspired self-healing materials. He has developed the toughest fibers reaching 1400J/g and has discovered the strongest biological material. He has developed new theories such as Quantized Fracture Mechanics, an extension of the celebrated Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics of Griffith, from where he has removed the hypothesis of the continuous crack growth, in order to treat any defect size and shape and thus also the fracture of nanoscale objects. The theory has been further extended in fatigue and dynamic fracture. Another theory he has developed is that of multiple peeling, whereas before only single peeling problems were tractable. Peeling has a huge implication in understanding different topics from mechanics of composites to biological adhesion. He has received ERC grants to support technology transfer of his work into commercial applications and he is currently working with several high tech industries developing new markets for several different new materials. He also introduced the new concept of Bionicomposites, demonstrating that feeding spiders with graphene or nanotubes results in their spinning of a bionic silk, incorporating the nanomaterials, with superior structural characteristics.

Dr Bob Agar FIMMM

Dr Bob Agar FIMMM

Institute's International Medal

Bob has been the Hon Treasurer of the Western Australia branch of the IMMM since October 1989, when the inaugural Treasurer moved out of the state. Bob has been active in geological and geophysical remote sensing in Australia and especially in South America since that date. He has always upheld the high ethical standards of the Institute and has been an active supporter of the local group, as well as being the Honorary Treasurer throughout the time since 1989.

Dr Barry Alan Wills BSc PhD

Dr Barry Alan Wills BSc PhD

Medal for Excellence

Barry gained his BSc and PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Leeds (1963–1969). He then joined the mining industry, first with Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines in Zambia and then with Johnson Matthey. In 1974, Barry became a Senior Lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines, a role Barry fulfilled for 22 years. During that period, Barry lectured on mineral processing and compiled an acclaimed book Mineral Processing Technology, which first appeared in 1979. It is now into its 8th edition (2015) and is considered a must-read book for everyone in the minerals profession. To complement Barry’s passion for raising the profile of minerals processing and the dissemination of knowledge, he launched the journal Minerals Engineering in 1988. The journal quickly established itself as a leading publication for sharing the latest developments in minerals processing. The journal continues to enjoy a solid reputation for the quality of its content and Barry is, to this day, the editor in chief. Barry has served the mineral processing community immensely by promoting the distribution and dissemination of mineral processing knowledge within the community of mineral processors and extractive metallurgists worldwide.



Platinum Medal

John has had an outstanding career encompassing academia, industry and government leading to international recognition in the form of appointments, prizes, awards and honorary degrees. His personal research work focused on non-equilibrium processing of metals and alloys for a wide range of applications from high temperature properties to use in medical devices. He worked closely with industry as a consultant over many years, leading overseas missions. As a result of working with Government he took up the position of Chief Executive of the Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils based at the Rutherford-Appleton laboratories. He was founder director and major shareholder during the building of the Diamond Light Source and raised the funds to build the second target station on the ISIS neutron source for soft materials research. He led the UK strategy for Research Infrastructures needed by Europe and he proposed and delivered the first ESFRI roadmap as chair in 2006. He chaired the international committee that led to 12 countries agreeing to build the European XFEL in Germany, which will be the most intense light source in the world allowing materials researchers to look at real time (femto-second) movement of individual atoms. John also chaired the panel that led to the decision to build the European Spallation Source.

Dr Camille Petit

Dr Camille Petit

Silver Medal

Camille is a Senior Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at Imperial College, which she joined in 2013. Prior to this appointment, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University. She received her PhD in 2011 from the City University of New York, and her MSc and BSc from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier. Her dual training as a chemical engineer and chemist and her expertise in materials science are key to her research and enabled her to set-up an ambitious research programme targeting the development of novel materials for sustainability applications. Her interests are especially around 2D and 3D porous nanomaterials. Camille has made significant contributions to the fields of materials by designing and investigating new nanostructures for various separation and catalytic applications. Her findings have been reported in around 40 publications and two patents. Her work has led to the creation of hybrid nanomaterials used in sustainable chemical processes, such as nanocomposites based on metal-organic framework and graphene oxide. The latter concept has been widely reused by researchers worldwide to produce porous materials with functional properties. Camille’s work has been acknowledged through the IChemE Warner Medal, the French Carbon Group Award and the Springer Thesis Award, among others.

Eur Ing Norman W Jackson CEng FIMMM FNEIMME

Eur Ing Norman W Jackson CEng FIMMM FNEIMME

Sir Andrew Bryan Medal

Norman is an acknowledged authority on mining engineering and industry restructuring including environmental impacts and an expert on the practicalities of undersea mining. His experienced has been gained in over 60 years in mining. He has been underground and provided mining guidance in most of the significant mining areas of the world including Russia, Estonia, Poland, South Africa, Chile, Romania, India and most recently China. Norman has been an active member of IMMM since the 1980, elected Fellow and CEng and Eur Ing in 1992 and currently a member of the Mining Technology Board with specific responsibility for environmental advice and lead member for proposed International Conference of Managing Legacies of Mining to be held in 2019.

Dr Francisca da Silva Wheeler MBE CPhys FInstP

Dr Francisca da Silva Wheeler MBE CPhys FInstP

Sir Colin Humphreys Education Award

As a physics teacher Francisca has promoted the understanding of the strong relationship between this subject and Materials with other teachers, and as a member of the IOM3 Education Committee, she has given valuable insight to the needs of physics teachers, guiding the Institutes' education efforts. Francisca has been active in the planning, development and running of a tremendously wide range of events and teaching situations, especially with enthusing and mentoring students. As well as organising successful teachers' workshops, which helped to spread the understanding of the relevance of materials for teaching the subject of physics, Francisca has personally contributed to the IOM3's Schools Newsletter on a number of occasions. The activities detailed spread across Francisca's full teaching career (beginning in 1984) and into official retirement. Her contributions to the IOM3 Education Committee alone spanned 2003 to 2014.

Personal Achievement Awards

2016 Harvey Flower Titanium Prize (Retrospective)
Professor Fionn P.E. Dunne MEngSc CEng FIMechE FREng

Dowding Medal & Prize 
Mr Michael J Steeper FIMMM

Grunfeld Memorial Award & Medal
Dr Michael R Clinch BEng FIMMM

Frank Fitzgerald Medal & Travel Grant 
Dr Edward John Pickering GradIMMM 

Hadfield Medal & Prize (joint)
Mr John Beswick
Professor Jon Ferriman FIMMM

Hume Rothery Prize   
Professor Herbert Ipser

Ivor Jenkins Medal
Dr Paul Nurthen

James S Walker Award 
Katherine Danks

Kroll Medal & Prize
Professor Stephen Skinner CSci CChem FHEA FRSC FIMMM

Leslie Holliday Award
Dr Terry McGrail

Institute’s Technician Medal
Awarded to Mr Matthew Graham EngTech TIMMM

Local Society of the Year (Large)
Awarded to North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME)

Local Society of the Year (Small)
Awarded to Newport and District Materials Society (NDMS)

Outstanding Contribution Awards
Awarded to Mr Antony Francis CEng FIMMM ARSM
Awarded to Mr Andrew True FIMMM

Robert Perrin Award
Dr Jess Wade

Rosenhain Medal & Prize
Awarded to Dr Sarah Haigh ProfGradIMMM 

Rowbotham Medal
Awarded to Dr Nan Li ProfGradIMMM

Roy T Holland Medal & Prize 
Awarded to Mr Francis Morrall FIMMM

T B Marsden Professional Award
Awarded to Mr Gervais Sawyer FIMMM

Thomas Medal & Prize 
Dr Jose Henrique Noldin

Thornton Medal
Awarded to Dr Rachel Waugh

Tom Colclough Medal & Prize 
Ms Nancy Baddoo

Verulam Medal & Prize
Awarded to Professor Ian Reaney CEng FRMS FIMMM

Publication Awards

Adrian Normanton Award
Development and application of mould-breakout prediction system with on-line thermal map for steel continuous casting
F. He, D.-F. He, Z.-H. Deng, A.-J. Xu & N.-Y. Tian

Alan Glanvill Award
Three-dimensional finite element method simulation study of fusion screw geometry
P. Kubik, M. Zatloukal, J. Vlcek & T. Womer

Billiton Gold Medal 
Thermal decomposition behaviour and kinetics of Xinjiang siderite ore
Y.H. Luo, D.Q. Zhu, J. Pan & X.L. Zhou 

Composite Award
Design, testing and field deployment of a composite clamp for pipeline repairs
W. S. Sum, K. H. Leong, L. P. Djukic, T. K. T. Nguyen, A. Y. L. Leong & P. J. Falzon 

Cook/Ablett Award
Insights into microstructural interfaces in aerospace alloys characterised by atom probe tomography
T. L. Martin, A. Radecka, L. Sun, T. Simm, D. Dye, K. Perkins, B. Gault, M. P. Moody & P. A. J. Bagot 

Douglas Hay Medal
Three-dimensional analysis of complex anisotropic slope instability at MMG’s Century Mine
D. P. Sainsbury, B. L. Sainsbury & E. Sweeney 

Guy Bengough Award
Effect of Fe ion concentration on corrosion of carbon steel in CO2 environment
M. Rogowska, J. Gudme, A. Rubin, K. Pantleon & R. Ambat
Effect of Fe ion concentration on fatigue life of carbon steel in aqueous CO2 environment
M. Rogowska, J. Gudme, A. Rubin, K. Pantleon & R. Ambat ()

Mann Redmayne Medal
Estimation of dynamic load demand on a ground support scheme due to a large structurally controlled violent failure: A case study
C. Drover & E. Villaescusa 

Mann Redmayne Medal
Discovery, supply and demand: From Metals of Antiquity to critical metals
J. P. Sykes, J. P. Wright & A. Trench 

Mann Redmayne Medal
Dependence of flame front speed on iron ore sintering conditions
J. Zhao & C. E. Loo 

Materials World Medal
The future of steel: Time to wake up
Julian Allwood 

Materials World Medal (Highly Commended)
Building out of poverty
Alastair Marsh

Pfeil Award
Heat flux mapping of oxyacetylene flames and their use to characterise Cf-HfB2 composites
A. Paul, J. G. P. Binner, B. Vaidhyanathan, A. C. J. Heatonand & P. M. Brown 

Wardell Armstrong Prize
Coastal evolution and associated titanium sand mineralisation of Jangamo district, Inhambane Province
J. Dumouchel, F. Hees & M. P. Alvin 

Williams Award
Microalloyed steels
T. N. Baker 

Awards from other bodies

2016 Vanadium Award (Retrospective)
Vanadium microalloying for ultra-high strength steel sheet treated by hot-dip metallising
B. Hutchinson, D. Martin, O. Karlsson, F. Lindberg, H. Thoors, R. K. W. Marceau & A. S. Taylor 

Beilby Medal & Prize
Associate Professor Ken-Tye Yong

Charles Hatchett Award
Direct observation of niobium segregation to dislocations in steel
J. Takahashi, K. Kawakami, J.-I. Hamada & K. Kimura