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Annual Awards Winners: Tyler London & Tariq A. Al-Ghamdi

Tue, 14 May, 2019

The Welding Institute's Annual Awards are set to take place on 2 July, 2019, to reward outstanding contributions to materials joining and welding technology, celebrate enterprise and acknowledge endeavour.

Among this year's award winners are Tyler London of TWI and Dr. Tariq A. Al-Ghamdi of Saudi Aramco, who will both receive the Young Engineer's Award (in memory of Leslie Lidstone). 

Introduced by ESAB (UK) on the retirement of their Managing Director, Leslie Lidstone, the Young Engineer Award is given to the person under 40 years of age who is deemed to have made the most significant contribution, not associated with the manufacture and supply of welding consumables and equipment, to the advancement of welding technology during the period of five years preceding the year of the award.

Tyler A London MSc BSc CEng CMath CSci MWeldI MIMA

Tyler is the Manager for Numerical Modelling and Optimisation at TWI, having joined as a Project Leader in October 2010. Tyler specialises in providing computational engineering to a wide range of industries from aerospace and oil & gas to medical and power generation. His work currently focuses developing digital technologies to help assess and optimise the performance of engineering structures using predictive models.

Tyler holds an MSc from the University of Oxford and chartered membership of The Welding Institute (CEng MWeldI), The Institute of Mathematics and it’s Applications (CMath MIMA), The Science Council (CSci); and is an Advanced-level Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE) through NAFEMS.

Over the past 5 years, Tyler has proposed, supported and delivered over £4M of projects involving almost all technology areas at TWI from coatings and tribology to thick-section welded fabrications and established his reputation as a leading international expert in additive manufacturing (AM) technology. He has been invited to give keynote speeches at national and international conferences and recently led a team that won an international award on AM modelling organized by NIST in the USA. In addition, he has published over 35 technical articles in international journals and at conferences covering topics such as pipeline weld integrity, fracture mechanics, weld microstructures, and manufacturing process simulations.

As a specialist in numerical modelling, Tyler has developed bespoke and novel solutions to address complex engineering challenges and provide fundamental insights into material performance and structural integrity.  For example, Tyler managed TWI’s contribution to a 3-year, £3.5M safety case for the UK Department for Transport which resulted in modifications to British and European tanker design standards based on the methods developed and used in the project by Tyler. Results from this project have been presented to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Switzerland to highlight changes to designs that are required.

Tyler’s innovation and initiative have been recognised through several awards: the 2015 Rob Lacey award for a paper on fatigue crack growth in welds; the 2018 Richard Weck Award as a co-author for a CRP report on the development of new solutions for stress concentrations at weld toes; the 2018 short-list, finalist for the GreenEnergy Award in the category “most innovative R&D project” related to additive manufacturing; and first prize in the international AM Benchmark competition in which over 40 submissions were received from 9 different countries.

Tyler has served two years as a member of the Teesside Branch Committee and regularly supports STEM events on behalf of Professional Membership organisations.  He promotes engineering analysis by holding webinars on technical subjects, presenting at conferences, engagement through social media, and outreach to university students. Tyler has also promoted the re-development of engineering technology in Teesside through discussions with numerous regional and national political bodies and representatives.

Dr. Tariq A. Al-Ghamdi

Tariq joined Saudi Aramco's Consulting Services Department (CSD) in 2002. His responsibilities include provision of specialised engineering consultations to operating facilities and projects, scouting and deployment of new technology and innovative solutions, developing and maintaining company standards and ensuring effective implementation. Tariq has managed a range of consultations involving specialised repair procedures, fracture toughness/stress cracking and other specialised testing of materials, fitness-for­-service/engineering critical assessments and failure investigations. Over the past 16 years, he has carried out over 25 failure investigations and participated in several root cause analyses and incident investigations.

Tariq holds Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). He also holds a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate (PhD) in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, USA. Tariq has taught and developed advanced courses for bachelors and graduate students in the fields of Welding Processes and Metallurgy for the last six years and represents Saudi Aramco and the Kingdom on several international codes and standards committees.

As Vice-Chairman (2014-2017) and Chairman (2017-date) of Saudi Arabian Section of American Welding Society, Tariq has reinvigorated the local Section (which has a membership of 200) through the promotion and sharing of knowledge, technology and best practices. He has been responsible for several seminars, conferences and exhibitions related to new technology and quality improvements. In collaboration with NACE International, he successfully led and contributed to the organisation of the first Materials Performance and Welding Technologies Conference and Exhibition in September 2017 in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Over 350 welding and corrosion engineering professionals, the NACE International and A WS Presidents, and Saudi Aramco senior management were in attendance.

Tariq has chaired the Welding Standards Committee for Saudi Aramco since 2012. He is an active member of Materials Engineering Standards and Corrosion Control Standards Committees and contributes to development, maintenance and enhancement of over 50 standards.

Tariq has published over 15 papers, many of which have been presented at International Conferences. He has also filed a patent application entitled 'Purging for Welding' with the U.S. Patent Office in 2018 which is currently awaiting a response.

Tariq is a role model for promoting engineering and plays an active role in developing young engineers. He has trained over 600 engineers through the Company's "Engineering Aspects of Welding" course (COE-114), and provided training to over 100 aspiring young engineers through the Company's "Advanced Professional Development for Young Engineers (ADPYE)" program. As a member of the KFUPM mentorship program, Tariq was recognised twice by the KFUPM president, Dr. Khaled Al-Sultan, for his significant contribution to the "i-Mentor" program.

We would like to congratulate Tyler and Tariq on their awards.

You can find out more about The Welding Institute Annual Awards here.



Tyler London
Tyler London
Tariq A. Al-Ghamdi
Tariq A. Al-Ghamdi

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