Dr Andrew Smith (left) and Dr Andy Trowsdale have been honoured with IOM3 awards
20 Jun 2023

British Steel pair win prestigious IOM3 awards

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) has recently announced its 2023 winners and 2 British Steel employees were among the winners of these prestigious awards.

The IOM3 awards celebrate individuals and organisations who have made exceptional advancements to the profession and these awards also help raise awareness of both engineering and scientific excellence and industry best practice.

Dr Andrew Smith, Customer and Technology Manager at our Special Profiles business won the inaugural ‘Henry Royce Institute Award for Innovation by a Technical Professional’. This award recognises the vital contribution technical professionals make in advancing technology and understanding of the materials world. Andrew was nominated by his manager Customer Quality and Technical Manager Dominic Hill – something Andrew was unaware of, so the win came as something of a surprise!

Andrew said: “To receive this award is a special honour, particularly as it recognises all-important technical innovation. This is so important as I know many very gifted technical experts who make critical and valuable contributions in their areas – for me this isn’t something I can do on my own. The work I have been involved in has included many colleagues across different departments, so delivering the technology improvements achieved at Special Profiles has been a team effort.”

Meanwhile, Dr Andy Trowsdale, Head of R&D, has been awarded the ‘Tom Colclough Medal & Prize’. This award is presented in recognition of learned contribution to understanding microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering in the iron and steel industry.

Andy said: “I feel most honoured that the Institute believes my contribution to the metallurgy and processing of steels is worthy of recognition and have made this award. The award recognises the endeavours of many individuals within the great team at British Steel and colleagues outside the company without whose collective efforts this accolade would not have been made. Thank you!” 

Both will now attend the award ceremony in December where they will be joined by IOM3 President Dr Kate Thornton. She said: “Congratulations to all our 2023 winners – they should all be proud of their remarkable work resulting in these awards. I am very much looking forward to the Awards Presentation later this year - a highlight of the IOM3 calendar. I am particularly looking forward to celebrating their achievements and taking the opportunity to learn more from the winners personally on their career journeys so far.”

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