IOM3 members recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

22 Jun 2017

The Institute is celebrating the recognition of two of its members in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Senior Executive Officer Ministry of Defence and Light Metals Division’s board member, Dr Cheryll Denise Pitt, was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Aviation Safety.

Cheryll holds a PhD in Physical Metallurgy and has been working in the Royal Navy’s Naval Aircraft Materials Laboratory for over 15 years. Cheryll is the Metallic Materials Lead in the 1710 Naval Air Squadron, heading a team of six scientists and one experimental worker.

Cheryll works on land vehicle failures, weapons and ships’ materials’ problems. Her expertise enables the aircraft Engineering Authorities to maintain and or regain an aircraft fleet’s airworthiness after a critical aircraft component failure.

Congratulations also to Professor Serena Best CEng FIMMM on being awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to biomaterials engineering.

Serena is Senior Vice President of the Institute of Materials, Mineral and Mining and is co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials, which is developing next-generation medical materials to interact therapeutically with the body.

She has published around 250 journal papers, books and book chapters and holds nine patents in the fields of biomaterials and skeletal repair. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Editor of the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine.

In receiving the award, Serena said, ‘The Honour reflects the impact of materials and engineering in the development of improved healthcare technologies.’