In June 1998, Professor Mike Burdekin was elected Chairman of TWI's Research Board, succeeding Professor Bernard Neal.
Professor Burdekin has been associated with The Welding Institute for many years. In 1961 he joined BWRA and for the next seven years, worked on brittle fracture of steel. After a spell in industry he moved to UMIST where he has been Professor of Civil and Structural Engineering since 1977.
He has been involved in assessment of structural integrity over a period of some 30 years and has worked on the 1980 and 1991 revision of BSI document PD 6493 as Chairman of the Fracture Panel. He continues in this role for the current revision.
In past years Professor Burdekin has served as Chairman of TWI's Professional Board, was elected to the Fellowship of Engineering (now the Royal Academy of Engineering), has served as a member of the Engineering Council and in March 1993 was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society. In 1998 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers for his contribution to structural engineering as a university teacher and consultant, together with his research on fracture and fatigue of welded steel structures.