Winners of this year’s Education and Technician Awards gathered for a celebratory dinner at IOM3 headquarters in London on 2 November.
The Institute’s Technician of the Year awards are open to all those currently studying materials or minerals technology or related subjects and those who have completed such courses within the last two years.
Lucy Smith, technical apprentice, was awarded Technician of the Year (Category A). The award was based around three projects Lucy has undertaken at British Steel, as well as her industrial experience, training and future ambitions.
Lucy said, ‘I’m speechless and can’t believe I won. It’s been amazing to represent British Steel at these awards. There were around 80 people at the awards themselves, which was a fantastic experience. I met many members of the Institute who have a rich knowledge of the industry.’
Richard James from Sheffield Hallam University was awarded Technician of the Year (Category B). Mitchell Greener, Daniel Ryan and Scott Campbell also received Highly Commended Technician Awards.
In addition to the technology related awards, IOM3 President Martin Cox awarded a number of competitive prizes for graduates of materials courses. The A T Green Award was presented to graduate Holly Pearce, University of Sheffield, for excellence in ceramics. Georgia Fraser, materials student from Loughborough University, was awarded the Royal Charter Prize, and taking home the R H Craven Award this year was Alasdair Maitland of Loughborough University.
Dr John McGrath, Chairman of the panel judging the Royal Charter Prize, writes, ‘Having chaired this panel, awarded to the top graduate in any materials’ discipline from a British University for the past four years, I am full of admiration for both the technical knowledge and achievements and also for the contributions to society of the nominees. Anyone who doubts the calibre of our young members, needs only to talk to these people to have a change of mind. With the future of our discipline in the hands of young men and women such as these, I am confident that it will continue to thrive.’ The Institute also welcomed a number of new Fellows at the dinner.
Technician of the Year Award L-R: Mr Martin Cox, IOM3 President and Judge, Tom Zalewski – Rolls-Royce, Scott Campbell – Fife College, Lucy Smith – British Steel, Mr Matthew Graham – Judge, Mitchell Greener – Ibstock Brick, Dr Darron Dixon-Hardy – Judge,Daniel Ryan – Safran Landing Systems.
Royal Charter Prize L-R: Professor Robert Dorey – Judge, Apanpreet Bhamra – Queen Mary, University of London, Sam Thorpe – Plymouth University, Max Bloomfield – University of Sheffield, Nicholas Byres – University of Manchester, Georgia Fraser – Loughborough University, Lova Chechik – Oxford University, Richard James – Sheffield Hallam University, Dr John McGrath – Judge.
RH Craven Award L-R: Dr Alicia Chrysostomou – Judge, Alasdair Maitland – Loughborough University, Joel Turner – University of Manchester, Lauren Browning – University of Sheffield, Dr Emma Claxton – Judge.
AT Green Award L-R: Dr Alicia Chrysostomou – Judge, Holly Pearce – University of Sheffield, Luke Dent – Oxford University, Candice Kyle – Queen Mary, University of London, Sean Aston – Loughborough University, Arnold Chan – Imperial College London, Dr Emma Claxton – Judge.