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The Welding Institute Awards 2018 - Lidstone Award

Thu, 07 June, 2018

07 June 2018

The Welding Institute’s Lidstone Award for young engineers was introduced by ESAB (UK) on the retirement of their managing director, Leslie Lidstone.

This honour is given each year to someone under 40 years of age who has been deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the advancement of welding technology during the five preceding years. This contribution cannot have any association with the manufacture and supply of welding consumables and equipment.

The 2018 award went to TWI's Research and Product Development Programme Manager for the Materials Group, Shiladitya Paul.

Shiladitya joined TWI after graduating with a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge. He wrote a chapter in the ASM Handbook  which gives guidelines on corrosion control using thermal spray coatings. He also wrote a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering about thermal barrier coatings.

Shiladitya’s expertise in thermal barrier coatings, coating characterisation and testing, corrosion and electrochemistry, and thermally sprayed aluminium are widely respected.

All of this year’s award winners will be honoured at the Annual Awards dinner, which will be held at King’s College, Cambridge on 3 July 2018.

You can find out more about the Welding Institute’s annual awards here, or contact us for more information.

Lidstone Award winner Shiladitya Paul
Lidstone Award winner Shiladitya Paul

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