IOM3 and the Western Institute of Mining and Minerals are pleased to announce that the 2009 winner of the Wynne Student Prize sponsored by local Engineering and Environmental Consultants Wardell Armstrong LLP, is Steven Banham (23) from Thorpe Fendykes, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire.
The prize is given in memory of Mr F H Wynne CBE of Staffordshire who died in 1943. Mr Wynne was a well known Mining Inspector and became the Chief Mine Inspector for Staffordshire in 1938. Mr Wynne was also an early and active member of the North Staffordshire Institute of Mining Engineers, which now forms part of IOM3.
Steven was a final year student studying for a Masters degree in Geosciences with Geology and Physical Geography at Keele University. His project entitled "Near-Surface Geophysical Investigation to detect abandoned mine workings, Apedale, Stoke on Trent" won him the much sought-after prize, beating off fierce competition from other members of the Earth Science department and entrants from other universities.
The prize was presented by Mr Julian Spears, Western IMM President Elect and Mrs Christine Blackmore Western IMMM Hon. Secretary on graduation day 7 July 2009.
The winner receives a lead crystal bowl and £100, whilst the trophy is engraved but kept in the safe keeping of the Western IMMM.
The adjudicating panel was headed by Mr Julian Spears (Technical Director, Wardell Armstrong LLP) assisted by Dr Barry Job (Former lecturer at Staffordshire University, Dr Richard White (Laboratory Manager, CERAM) and Mrs Christine Blackmore (Senior Environmental Geologist, Wardell Armstrong LLP).