IOM3 Technician of the Year and Competitive Prize winners
The two winners of the IOM3 Technician of the Year prizes, and the graduates who have received Competitive Prizes for 2007, have been named.
Technician of the Year Award
For students studying, or recently having completed their studies, to be materials and minerals technologists.
Nigel Haywood of Ibstock Brick, who is studying a Ceramic Technology – Kiln Firing course, took the higher award. His distance learning BTEC with Staffordshire University saw him develop a programme to save night time energy at Ibstock’s Leciester plant.
The national award was given to Kate Round of BMW UK Manufacturing. Her day release foundation degree in Metallurgy and Materials at Bradford University has seen her liaise with suppliers around the world to test and monitor cleanliness with regards to BMW’s Vanos system for car engines.
For graduates demonstrating exceptional performance on materials courses.
The Royal Charter award for a materials student of any discipline went to Faye Bygrave, University of Leeds. She achieved an average over 70% in her BEng Materials Science and Engineering. Her final year project ‘The effects of aluminium in steels’ tested how aluminium content affects the mechanical and microscopic properties of steels.
Margaret Wegrzyn of The University of Manchester won The A T Green Award as the best ceramics student. She is studying for a MEng in Materials Science and Engineering. Her final year project on sodium potassium niobate piezoelectric ceramic as a possible alternative to lead zirconium titanate displayed her aptitude for research.
For excellence in polymer materials, the R H Craven Award was given to Matthew Thomas who is studying a MEng Materials Science at Oxford University. His fourth year research investigated active ingredient delivery in an agitated aqueous environment.