Following on from the success of last year's event, The Welding Institute's Annual Dinner and Awards' Presentation Ceremony took place on 24 June 2013 at King's College, Cambridge. The international occasion celebrated past, present and future engineers and technologists.
Over 200 guests from industry took their places in The Hall at King's as The Welding Institute's President, John Baxter, and TWI Associate Director of Professional Affairs, Chris Eady, opened the ceremonies. John Baxter thanked TWI for hosting the Dinner and continued the proceedings by offering his congratulations to the award winners, applauding their collective expertise, dedication, accuracy, rigour, professionalism and the influence of their work.
The 2013 Awards were as follows: (Background to the awards can be found here .)
- The Brooker Award (donated by Johnson Matthey plc): Shuili Gong
- Bevan Braithwaite Award for Enterprise: Aamir Khalid
- Leslie Lidstone Award: Jon Blackburn
- Larke-Lillicrap Award: Jonathan Bowers and Edward Warren
- Distinguished Service Awards: Max George, David Millar, Julio Tolaini
- Honorary Fellowships: Robert Baker and David Widgery
- TWI Commendation Award: Graham Slater
- Richard Weck Award: Miles Weston and Channa Nagesewaran
- The Welding Institute Branch Loyal Service Awards: Peter Boothby and Kevin Prosser (Northumbria Branch)
The race to embed new technologies in industry, and to light the way forward as these winners have done, was the theme of guest speaker Herman Hauser CBE. The founder of Cambridge's Acorn Computers spoke keenly of the wide-reaching 'business' of technology transfer and ensuring �that industry achieved success by getting products to market in time. He compared TWI's own success in working with its industrial partners as the vision or ideal to which, for example, UK Catapult Centres might aspire. �"Catapult Centres may achieve a 30% tie-in with industry, compared with TWI, which achieves 75%," he said. "Technology is constantly advancing, speeding forward. We must make sure we take science breakthroughs and get them into industry as fast as possible . . . the companies putting technology transfer up front will be those who are fully prepared for the future."
TWI Chief Executive, Christoph Wiesner, thanked Hermann Hauser for his address, and thanked everyone for attending - in particular the Professional and Industrial Members of The Welding Institute and TWI, along with their governing bodies and committees.
The Welding Institute Awards are awarded by the Council of The Welding Institute on an annual basis. For a nomination form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Welding Institute website.
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