2013 in review

19 Dec 2013

2013 has been another incredible year for IOM3. As the end of the year looms, we take a look back at some of this year’s highlights.

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First and foremost, IOM3 welcomed new President, Professor Jon Binner who will be Deputy Head of the Engineering and Physical Sciences College at the University of Birmingham in the New Year. He said, ‘It’s a wonderful opportunity to get involved at the heart of things. I’ve been involved with the IOM3 all of my professional career, right back to when I was a student in the late 1970s. This is the culmination of that activity.’ Read the Q&A.

2013 was a big year for Sir Henry Bessemer Celebrations, including the Bessemer Lunch in January, attended by a descendant of Sir Henry Bessemer, Paul Bessemer. Sir Henry Bessemer: The Father of Steel book was also reissued. One of the final events of the year was a lecture by IOM3 Fellow, Dr Chris Elliot. His presentation can be viewed at www.iom3.org/document/bessemer-presentation. To see the full list of events and other related content, head to www.iom3.org/henry-bessemer.

March saw the Local Affairs Board convene at Manchester University for a well attended forum to discuss the future. The local societies all agreed that making their events a social affair is the key to more active members.

In April, Adam Brown took the top-spot at the Young Persons’ Lecture Competition final with his lecture Exploring the Use of Synchrotron X-ray Scattering Methods to Detect Heterogeneous Nucleation.

Also in April, the IOM3 London headquarters hosted the inaugural Women in Materials event. The group held another successful event in November, this time in Sheffield – look out for more in 2014.

The Signature Materials project accelerated with support from Lord Taylor of Holbeach who gave the metal markings his seal of approval and said, 'This innovative project will ensure historic buildings, like Northampton Guildhall, are not targeted by metal thieves.' A collaboration between Electricity North West was also successful. So much so, the initial trial was extended and the team marked the 1000th substation way back in April. The project is always evolving, to keep up-to-date with developments, head to the Signature Materials website.

June saw the inaugural Breakfast Club meeting and welcomed John Drexhage to explain the broad and challenging subject of climate change. Also in June, the Institute welcomed a group of mining engineers from Polymetal in St Petersburg who were interviewed for their professional member status and attended a masterclass.

In July, winners gathered onboard HQS Wellington to celebrate their achievements and accept their medals and prizes. For the first time in the awards history, we welcomed a camera crew along to see what winners had to say about what the awards mean to them and the materials industry, including Professor Kenneth Mills who received the Bessemer Gold Medal.

Moving forward to October was the much-anticipated trip to Hong Kong for the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition final . The winner was Cornelis van Niekerk from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, with his lecture Novel Technique for In Situ Laser Alloying of AISI 410L Stainless Steel with Nitrogen During Laser Cladding.

On 22 October, winners of the Technician and Student Awards were presented with their prizes in an awards dinner at 1 Carlton House Terrace. Steven Clark who studied a B-TEC in Material Engineering at Rotheram College of Arts and Technology. He currently works as a Technical Metallugy Apprentice at Tata Steel Speciality Steels was one of the two winners of the Technician of the Year Award. The second winner was Richard Nainby, Technical Assistant at Ibstock Brick Ltd. Other awards were also presented on the night and guests were joined by the Institute’s New Fellows.

The Women’s Engineering Society announced Professor Molly Stevens FIMMM as the winner of the 2013 Karen Burt Award for the best newly qualified Chartered Engineer and she was presented with her award at the WES annual conference on 4 October.

Our London headquarters played host once again on 12 November, this time for the Special and Publication Awards. Winners from across a range of disciplines were presented with their medals and certificates, and a copy of Sir Henry Bessemer: Father of the Steel Industry. Major Peter Norton who accepted the Thornton Medal for his Advanced Composites Group keynote lecture, Design, Science, Technology or Luck? said, ‘It’s a great honour to win the award…the more we work together, share our knowledge and what we do, the better it’s going to be for everybody.’

On 11 November, IOM3, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), and the Materials KTN joined forces to deliver Innovation in Materials, a one-day conference part of the RAEng’s innovation series. The event invited prominent speakers from various backgrounds working within the materials industries to discuss recent developments and new applications. The Institute and Materials KTN were represented by a number of speakers, including IOM3 Chief Executive Dr Bernie Rickinson, who presented Advanced Materials for Security – using Signature Materials as a case study. A video of the presentations is available, visit the RAEng website.

The Natural Materials Association (NMA) launched on 19 November at 1 Carlton House Terrace in London. The association is the first UK body to recognise the breadth of natural materials and aims to bridge the gap between materials scientists, product designers and those in education.

In recognition of the special year, the Bessemer Gold Medal was awarded once again in November. This time, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was the recipient. President Professor Jon Binner and Past President Jan Lewis were invited to Buckingham Palace to present the award.

Congratulations to Dr Brett Suddell CEnv FIMMM, former Senior Vice President of IOM3 who has been appointed Vice President of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS), commencing 1 January 2014.

Merry Christmas!