The UK Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU) has recognised the contributions of two members of TWI's Laser and Sheet Processes (LAS) team. The awards to Paul Hilton and Matt Spinks were made during a recent industry symposium.
The UK Association of Industrial Laser Users has honoured pioneer Paul Hilton and young engineer Matt Spinks at this year's Industrial Laser Applications Symposium held in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
TWI Technology Fellow Paul Hilton received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK. Paul has published close to 100 papers on the use of high-power lasers for materials processing applications and has served twice himself as President of AILU; the only person to have held this office more than once in its history. His activities within Europe are also recognised and he is currently Chairman of the Executive Board of ELI, the European Laser Institute. His work has supported the uptake of industrial CO2, Nd:YAG, diode and fibre lasers and has included innovative welding, cutting, processing and decommissioning applications.
In addition to his technical leadership in the area of laser technology, Paul also acts as suite manager for TWI's laser materials processing activities. In this role over the last decade he has been instrumental in the training and development of a significant number of TWI research engineers and students, and has managed the delivery of over 100 TWI Member Research Reports.
Paul said: 'It is a great honour to follow in the footsteps of Peter Houldcroft and Derek Russell, both previous recipients of this award. TWI is the only organisation in the UK to have received more than one AILU Lifetime Achievement Award'.
Also at the ceremony, TWI's Matt Spinks scooped the AILU Young UK Laser Engineer's Prize, which is designed to encourage young people to develop their interests in laser applications. Joining TWI in 2007 as an Advanced Apprentice, he is now Team Leader in the LAS Laboratory. Matt received his award for his contribution to TWI's work in the use of lasers for nuclear and power plant decommissioning.
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