Institute awards student and technician prizes

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining recently celebrated young materials talent with the presentation of its annual student prizes and the Technician of the Year Award. The presentations were held at the Institute's headquarters in London, and were divided into four categories - the Technician of the Year Award, the Royal Charter Prize, the A T Green Award and the R H Craven Award, winners of which were chosen by the Institute's Engineers and Technicians Committee.

Technician of the Year Award

The Technician of the Year Award consists of two separate prizes - the Higher National Award, which honours the best technician either studying for a Higher National qualification in a materials related subject, or recently qualified, and the National Award, which is awarded to those studying, or recently qualified for, a National Certificate or Diploma in a materials related subject.

This year's Higher National Award was presented to Paul Walker, a Senior Metallurgist at Alsthom studying for a HND in Materials Engineering part-time at Sheffield Hallam University. As a student member of the Institute and a senior member of the Joint Office Negotiation Committee (MSF Union), Paul's future aspirations include completing his BEng (Hons) Materials Engineering course and progressing towards the completion of a CEng. Speaking before the presentation, Paul commented on his future aspirations, 'I hope for promotion within the group (at Alsthom) and for the opportunity to take on more responsibility and to be able to progress.'

Alan Moore's outstanding achievement was recognised with the presentation of this year's National Award. Alan is currently studying a National Certificate in Materials Technology at Rotherham College, and is employed by Avesta Polarit as a Metallurgical Technician in which his responsibilities include ensuring that the materials produced meet quality assurance standards. After completing his Materials Technology certificate Alan hopes to continue his further education at Sheffield Hallam University where he aims to complete a degree course. Commenting on his aspirations for the future, Alan said, 'I hope to continue furthering my career with Avesta Polarit by moving from my current position as a Metallurgical Technician to a position in research and development.'

Student Awards

Meera Arumugam, from Westminster School, London, was presented with this year's A T Green Award. As a full-time Materials Science and Engineering (BEng) student, Meera is a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Malaysian Society (Imperial College). Dr D S McPhail, senior tutor at Westminster School praised Meera's approach to her studies, commenting, 'She is an excellent ambassador for the subject and we are proud to have her as one of our graduate students.' Meera has recently accepted a PhD studentship offer from Cambridge University in the Biomaterials Group (Materials Science and Metallurgy Department).

The Royal Charter Prize was awarded to Jane Varley, a full-time BEng student (Materials Engineering) at Loughborough University. Jane's long-term goal is to become a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, while her short-term aim is to gain further experience and training at Corus plc.

Part-time Polymer Engineering student Martyn Harris won the R H Craven Award. As a mature student, Martyn has been employed in the plastics industry for a number of years and has recently graduated with a first class honours degree. His immediate goal is to continue his education by completing an MSc in Polymer Technology.

The calibre of students that participated in this year's awards was outstanding. Dr Pamela Farries from the Future Systems Technology Division at QinetiQ, who has now judged the Institute's undergraduate awards twice, commented after the ceremony, 'I've thoroughly enjoyed meeting an enthusiastic and motivated bunch of young people.'

For further information about the Institute's student awards, contact Dr Peter Davies, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, tel: +44 (0)1302 380909, fax: +44 (0)1302 380900, e-mail:

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Peter Davies, tel: +44 (0)1302 380909


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