National Technician of the Year and Student Awards

27 Nov 2012
Erica Gateley and Kate MacGregor

IOM3 president, Jan Lewis, took to the stage to
offer his congratulations to the winning technicians and students at The
Technician and Student Awards. The judges concluded Erica Gateley and Kate
MacGregor were both outstanding in their achievements and deserved the National Technician of the Year 2012 award.

Erica Gateley studied at Sheffield Hallam University for a
BEng in Material Engineering, where she researched the welding parameters of
high-silicon steel rods for her final year project. She now works at Bridon
International as a Wire Technology Technician, where she provides metallurgical
support to the Department of Research and Development.

Kate MacGregor completed a HND in Petroleum Engineering and
subsequently earned her position as graduate subsea engineer at Subsea
Engineering and Technical Services, Aberdeen. She is a member of the Society of
Petroleum Engineers and hopes to become a lead engineer in the future.

Student prizes

The Royal Charter Prize was awarded to Ieuan Seymour, who studied for his MEng in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. For his final year project Ieuan investigated ionic conductivity and received an overall mark of 93%. He has been accepted for a PhD in Materials Chemistry at the University of Cambridge and hopes to work towards promoting materials science in secondary schools, as well as teaching at university level.

Afiya Chohollo accepted the 2012 A T Green Award for the best ceramics student. She studied for her MEng in Materials Science and Industrial Experience at Manchester University and worked as a Materials Chemist at Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Reading for one year as part of her industrial experience. Since leaving, she has represented AWE and the University of Manchester at the University’s Nuclear Conference Forum.

For the outstanding performance in polymer materials, Thomas Lane has won the R H Craven Award. He studied MEng Biomedical Materials Science with Industrial Experience at the University of Manchester. As part of the industrial experience year, Thomas worked at Depuy in Blackpool as the New Product Development placement student, responsible for testing and developing a new spinal bone cement for submission to the American Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Since graduating, Thomas has continued work on his final-year project, in which he developed a new pH-responsive microgel-based material for the repair of load-bearing tissues. He hopes the continuation will lead to publication of the project in a journal.