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ICME National Awards 2016

BRITISH FOUNDRY MEDAL

  • Awarded to Dr Edurne Ochoa
    After finishing Casting technology studies at the RWTH-AACHEN (Germany) Edurne Ochoa started her PhD at Mondragon University in collaboration with Edertek (Fagor Ederlan technology centre) and one of the ductile iron foundries of the Fagor Ederlan Group. Since 2009 Edurne has worked in the materials department of Edertek, being involved in different research projects. Since 2012 she has been responsible for running the metallurgical laboratory at Edertek.
  • Awarded to Patxi Rodriguez Dipl-Eng
    After finishing his Engineer studies Patxi Rodríguez became an R & D Engineer in foundry materials and processes at Tecnalia Corporation (placed on the 5th position of private technological institutions of Europe) for 13 years. All of his professional career Patxi has been linked to foundry technology working in many research projects with different world foundries, universities and technology centres. Patxi is the “Materials and New Technologies” Director of Edertek,leading different material development applied programs related to aluminium and cast iron alloys for automotive applications. Edertek Innovation Centre is part of the Fagor Ederlan Group, a leading global automotive supplier specialist with a complete portfolio product solution for chassis and power train applications in different technologies and materials, iron and aluminium.

E J FOX AWARD

  • Awarded to Dr David Ford MBE
    David Ford has been involved with the development of superalloys and investment casting technology for over 40 years. On leaving Rolls-Royce in 2000 as Chief of Casting Technology he accepted the role of Secretary-General of the European Investment Casters’ Federation, relinquishing this position to Dr Carlos Olabe in 2014. During his period as Secretary-General he doubled the EICF membership and introduced annual technical workshops, with factory visits, in continental Europe and the UK, specifically for the practising engineer, the aim being to encourage young engineers to have a passion for their industry. These workshops now attract over 100 young engineers from 16 countries to enjoy the experience of meeting fellow foundry engineers and sharing Technology. As head of the Rolls-Royce R&D foundry he directed work to introduce advanced foundry processes and thermal treatments for cast turbine components. Of particular importance was the development of single crystal technology with associated mould and ceramic core development. Amongst other notable developments, which included the unique use of cine radiography to follow mould fill during vacuum casting, his department led the research to pioneer the use of hot isostatic pressing to remove microporosity from castings, a technology which has since become an industry standard process. In addition to his technological commitments he has been chairman of the BICTA technical committee, and, following David Fletcher, Chairman of the UK Government’s ‘Foresight’ initiative to define a route map for the UK’s foundry industry. In 2000 he was appointed MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to aerospace. David has a doctorate in engineering from the University of Warwick and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

JOHN CAMPBELL MEDAL

  • Awarded to Professor Helen Atkinson CBE FREng
    Helen was made CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2014 for services to Engineering and Education. She is Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester and has been elected for a second term as a trustee of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She chairs the Committee on Education and Skills for the Academy and previously served as a Vice President. In 2011, she was elected the first woman President of the Engineering Professors’ Council in its fifty year history, the body which represents engineering in higher education throughout the UK. Professor Atkinson has a first class degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, a PhD from Imperial and an honorary doctorate from the University of Liège in Belgium. She is a Visiting Professor at Arts et Métier ParisTech (one of the French Grands Écoles universities), at the General Research Institute for Non-Ferrous Metals in Beijing and at the North Western Polytechnical University in Xi’an. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering – the highest honour for an engineer in the UK – in recognition of her ‘major contributions to the science and technology of the manufacture of metallic materials’. Professor Atkinson is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. She has served on the body governing the British Transport Police and the Lord Chancellor’s Committee on Appointment of Magistrates. She is a current member of the Advanced Materials Leadership Council run by BIS and the EPSRC. Helen Atkinson has an outstanding record of achievement in industrially relevant research in the area of metals technology and manufacture. In the 1980s, Helen worked at Harwell for the UK Atomic Energy Authority.She coordinated the activities aimed at providing understanding of the oxidation phenomena occurring on the surface of the canisters in which nuclear fuel is loaded into reactors. If this occurs to a severe extent, the canister can be breached. Her own research was on nickel-based systems, a model for the more complex alloys used for the canisters. She established a high reputation for research on grain growth and one of her papers from that period, with over 500 citations, is one of the most highly cited papers in the history of the highly prestigious journal Acta Materialia. Whilst at the University of Sheffield, she produced work of the very highest quality and originality, supported by a series of substantial research grants in collaboration with industry. Much of this work was multidisciplinary in nature with Helen initiating research aimed at quantifying clustering and leading to important studies on inclusions in clean steels, including new fatigue design methods. The assessment methods for inclusions in clean steels that are being developed are world leading and are now incorporated in international standards. Semi-solid processing (which is in wide commercial use for the production of automotive components) is a main focus of research and the Thixoforming Group, which she led at Sheffield, was one of the biggest and leading international groups in this field. Her work in collaboration with industry has resulted in significant technological developments in: predicting thixotropic flow in dies; alloy development specifically for semisolid processing; extending the process to forming copper squirrel cages for motors, Metal Matrix Composites, wrought aluminium alloys and to steels. At the University Leicester, she has continued to develop understanding of semi-solid systems and is collaborating with power generation companies on the modeling and characterization of degradation in high temperature alloys under creep conditions. Helen has given a series of invited presentations, keynote lectures and plenaries on both inclusions assessment and thixoforming at major international conferences with strong industrial representation. Her international standing is evidenced by a series of invitations to give major lectures or lecture series abroad, by the award of an honorary degree by the University of Liege (for ‘international standing as a metallurgist and materials scientist’), and by the Lee Hsun Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shenyang Institute of Metal Research. A number of her publications have been invited (including three major reviews in Progress in Materials Science on:- hot isostatic pressing; inclusions in clean steels; and modelling of semi-solid processing (a very highly cited paper in the top 1% in the field for that year of publication), and a major 25 year review on semi-solid processing in Materials Science and Technology) and cover the full range of her research interests. Her book on ‘Hot Isostatic Processing’ is highly regarded in industry. She has also edited books on ‘Modelling Semi-Solid Processing’ and ‘Thixoforming Steels’, has co-authored a book on ‘Semi-Solid Processing’ and written a series of book chapters developing the framework of understanding for the science of semi-solid processing.

LONG & NOTABLE SERVICES AWARD

  • Awarded to Chris Sadler Prof MICME
    Chris joined the former Institute of British Foundrymen in the early 1980’s and served as West Midlands, Birmingham and Coventry Branch Secretary for 3 years from 1992.His working career began with Bradley & Foster as an engineering apprentice, leading to his first full time proper job as a draughtsman. Chris’s formal training was initially in Engineering at Walsall College and then he went on to do further training in business and management at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and other notable centres. After serving in a number of manufacturing and technical roles Chris eventually became Production Director for Bradleys West Midlands site. Following acquisition by Firth Rixson in 1991,he became Manufacturing Director with responsibility for their foundry operations in the UK. A notable and interesting six month period during his career, was spent working with Antony Gormley to create The “Iron Man” statue, which now stands some 7 metres high in the centre of Birmingham’s Victoria Square. (Perhaps a lasting monument to our industry)? Chris continues to work in the casting industry for a large manufacturing group and global supplier of casting
  • Awarded to Clive Clemens Prof MICME
    In 1966 Clive was encouraged to join the IBF by the Managing Director of Charles W. Taylor & Sons Ltd, Mr C Nicholls, himself a lifelong member and the 1971 National President. Clive became a member in 1967 and has continued to be so up until the present. During that time, he has attended as many of the meetings as possible which has provided him with additional learning opportunities and the chance to talk to and learn from some of the most respected people in the foundry industry. He became the North East Branch President in 1998 something he enjoyed doing very much. For the past twenty years he has been the annual quiz master, initially for the competition between the Teesside & Tyneside Branches and through to their amalgamation into the North East Branch. In 2015 Clive was honoured to be asked to present the ICME Foundry Diploma Course to the North East area students and also the ICME course Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist for which he has found both to be very rewarding experiences. Clive is delighted to receive the Long & Notable Services Award
  • Awarded to David Sumner CEng Prof MICME
    After starting work in the iron foundry industry back in the late 1960’s, David became a member of the Lancashire branch of the IBF in 1990. He joined the Lancashire Branch Council, while working as Engineering Projects Manager responsible for the design and construction of a new foundry in Leyland, and later becoming Engineering Manager for the Alcoa. He had the honour of being President of the Lancashire Branch between 1997 to 1998. David served on two technical committees (T30 and T90) for which he authored the sections on Greensand Production Processes and Equipment and Foundry Equipment and Processes for the upcoming Manual of Foundry Technology. During his time as President and through giving presentations at other branches around the country enabled him to make many long-lasting friendships within the IBF/ICME, some of whom are sadly no longer with us. Life took a different turn in 2005 when he and his wife Dorothy emigrated to Australia and he spent many years working as a Project Manager for Orica Explosives installing manufacturing and storage plants in many parts of Australia. David still enjoys keeping abreast of what is happening in the foundry industry through the ICME Journal and some of those friendships.
  • Awarded to Michael Kidd IEng Prof MICME
    Michael Joined the industry in 1980 as an Apprentice Patternmaker at Wilson’s Foundry Bishop Auckland. In 1983 he attended Chesterfield College of Technology & Art studying for an HND in Metals Technology, whilst at Chesterfield he was encouraged to join the institute as a student member. On returning back to the North East he joined the Teesside Branch. In 1989 after joining SMC Foundry products Michael became more involved with the branch, firstly serving on the Branch Council and then in 2000 being privileged to serve as the Branch President. During his presidency he worked closely with Alf Etherington the then Newcastle Branch President to promote joint Technical meetings which became the fore runner to Teesside & Newcastle Branches joining together to form the North East Branch. Over recent years support for the branch has been in the form of providing speakers for his employer to Technical sessions & sponsorship for annual dinner dances both in the North East & Scotland.

M M HALLETT AWARD

  • Awarded to The American Foundry Society
    The American Foundry Society (AFS) is a nonprofit association based in Schaumburg, Illinois serving members of the metalcasting industry both in North America and abroad. Founded in 1896, AFS serves more than 800 corporate members and over 7,000 individual members covering all metalcasting processes and materials as well as the entire metalcasting supply chain. AFS provides members with advocacy coordination and efforts in Washington DC, ongoing technical education through the AFS Institute, as well as the transfer of innovative research and technology to the industry. Jerry Call has worked in the foundry industry for the past 44 years. His career began pouring and processing castings in a permanent mold aluminum foundry. He ended his formal foundry career serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Foundry Society from 2004 through June of 2016. Jerry’s metalcasting career included developing environmental, health and safety programs for the foundry industry as well as training and development programs for supervisory personnel and serving as Plant Manager for a high production permanent mold aluminum foundry supporting the automotive, agricultural, and construction industries. Boards and committees on which Call served to further the foundry industry included: the American Metalcasting Consortium, the Cast Metals Coalition, the Industrial Advisory Board for trade in ferrous materials for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the United States representative to the World Foundry Organization’s General Assembly. Call is now the President of Crossrite, LLC providing consulting services to the foundry industry

MERITORIOUS SERVICES MEDAL

  • Awarded to Alf Etherington Prof MICME
    Alf commenced his career with Vickers Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1964 as an apprentice patternmaker. He was given the opportunity to attend Bolton Institute of Technology and obtained the Foundry Diploma in 1969-70, he returned to Vickers as Metallurgist in charge of the melting facilities. In 1977 Alf left Vickers and joined Geo Blair, Newcastle upon Tyne as Senior Methods Engineer, after a spell at the Companies Technical Department in Tanfield Lea he returned to the Newcastle Works, the company was later taken over by William Cook. Following closure of the Newcastle plant, Alf continued his employment with William Cook, Stanhope Works where he was later promoted to Technical Manager, a position he held until his retirement in May 2013. Alf has been a member of the ICME North East Branch Committee for a number of years and is still a serving member. He is proud to have been President on two occasions for the old Newcastle Branch and two occasions for the North East Branch, and is honoured to be awarded the Meritorious Services Medal.
  • Awarded to Dean Millington Eng Tech Prof MICME
    Dean has been a member of the West Midlands, Birmingham & Coventry Branch since winning the ‘Young Foundryman’ of the year competition back in 1992, he is a professional member of the Institute. He is an active member of both Branch and National Council and was Branch President in the 2009/10 year. Dean studied Cast Metals Technology at Sandwell College and has worked within the foundry industry since leaving school and is currently employed by Joseph & Jesse Siddons Ltd, where he holds the position of Quality Manager.
  • Awarded to EurIng Andrew Turner BSc CEng FICME
    Andrew has been a member of the Institute for over 35 years and has been the President of both the Teesside and Lancashire Branches. He was the National President in 1996 and has been on the General Council for nearly 30 years. Andrew is still currently an active member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Chairman of the ICME Membership Committee, and he is the ICME nominated Engineering Council Liaison Officer.

OLIVER STUBBS MEDAL

  • Awarded to Paul Gullick IEng MCIM FICME
    Educated at Tipton Grammar School, in 1972 Paul joined Triplex Foundries Group as a Trainee Technician. He studied at West Bromwich College and Chesterfield where he gained HND in Foundry Technology, he returned to Sandwell College to obtain endorsements for MIBF. Paul worked in several roles in the Triplex Foundries Group until the merger with FH Lloyds to form Triplex Lloyd. During this time he studied for the Certificate and Diploma in Industrial management at Wolverhampton Polytechnic gaining Membership of the Institute of Management. In 1985 Paul was responsible for the installation of the Triplex Alloys Foundry at Darlaston and was appointed Technical Director in 1989 succeeding John Campbell who joined Birmingham University as Professor of Cast Metals. Following a (very) short spell at BCIRA Paul worked for Zeus Aluminium in the USA. In 1998 he joined Sandwell Castings as Works Manager a position he held for six years. Affected by recession the next few years saw a number of short term contracts around the country until being appointed Operations Manager at Charter Castings in 2006. Since then Paul has worked at a number of foundries in a consultancy role including a spell in China in 2012. Active in the West Midlands Branch serving as Branch President in 1996 Paul was involved in many initiatives including the ‘Young Foundryman’ Award, the Schools Prize and MEB Scholarships schemes. Paul helped form the Young Foundry Mans Society. He has retained an interest in education and is a trustee of the Tor Lodge & Applecross Trust. In 2000 he was awarded the Long and Notable Services Award from the Institute. The last few years Paul has been deeply involved in the renaissance of technical education in the Industry. He has taught on many courses particularly the ICME Diploma in Foundry Technology both in the Midlands and around the regions. He has also been involved in delivering a Certificate Course to foundries in Scotland, Cumbria and Kent. Paul was active in establishing the ICME Training Centre in Wednesbury and is still serving as tutor to the Level 3 Diploma students.

P C NIX AWARD

  • Awarded to Richard Hewson MICME
    Since starting at Maycast-Nokes Precision Engineering Ltd 5 years ago, Richard had done a full 2 year apprenticeship in the sand foundry, core making, moulding, mould assembly, casting then he went into the engineering department after he completed his Level 2 NVQ. In this role Richard spent some time in each department, learning the basics of the theory and practicality of each process while seeing jobs through from start to finish and compiling FAI reports and dealing with quality issues and manufacturing cards. Richard is now a member of the NPI team, sampling new products in steel and aluminium, sand cast and investment cast, and ensuring that they are fit for launching into production. In the future he wishes to learn the X-Ray process more in depth and obtain a qualification in Radiography.

THE WORSHIPFUL CO OF IRONMONGERS JUBILEE AWARD

  • Awarded to Rajinder Sidhu
    Rajinder has been employed as a Rapid Prototype Design Engineer for three years tasked with the day to day running of Newby RapidCast, a prototype development and casting service within the Newby Foundries Group. Prior to becoming a member of the team at Newby he was a postgraduate student with no knowledge of the foundry industry. By adopting the use of latest 3D printing materials and technologies he has helped set up Newby RapidCast as an accomplished prototype casting supplier. New manufacturing processes have been developed and improvements have been made to existing processes to produce castings within shorter lead times and at reduced costs. These developments have had a positive impact for both Newby and casting buyers. The shorter lead-times have enabled casting buyers to evaluate potential new designs and reduce their time to market. This has aided the introduction of Newby RapidCast to overseas customers which now represent 70 percent of total business and has led to a 40 percent year on year growth of sales. This significant improvement in generated income has led to investment during 2015 for the Newby Group to upgrade a purpose built foundry to produce prototype castings. I am extremely grateful for being awarded the Worshipful Company of Ironmonger’s Jubilee Award, and having the opportunity to attend the World Foundry Congress in Japan was a hugely rewarding learning experience.