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Awards hat-trick for Imperial College engineers

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For immediate release
Monday 11 April 2005

Members of Imperial College London's Department of Materials are celebrating three prestigious awards from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The awards, to be presented at Awards Dinners in June and November, were announced in the April 2005 edition of Materials World. Imperial won more of this year's awards than any other institution.

Professor John Kilner, Head of the Department of Materials, won the Verulam Medal and Prize; Dr David Dye, a Lecturer in the department, won the Grunfield Medal and Prize; and Ceres Power, an Imperial spin-out built on technology developed in the department, won the Gold Medal.

Professor Kilner's Verulam Medal recognises his distinguished contribution to ceramic materials, which he has been researching for over 20 years. He has been Head of the Department of Materials, the oldest and largest in the UK, since 2000. He also played a significant part in developing the technology behind Ceres Power.

image: Award winner Dr David Dye

Dr Dye, left, specialises in the welding and deformation processing of nickel and titanium alloys. He worked for the National Research Council in Canada before joining Imperial in 2003. The Grunfield Medal is for a person in their early to mid-career and Dr Dye celebrated his 30th birthday last Friday.

He said: "I am delighted to have won this award. As a young researcher only recently returned from North America, it is very encouraging to have this recognition of our work by the UK community."

His award recognises "a professional contribution that has had a significant influence on the engineering application of components made from any alloys in the metallurgical industries".

Ceres Power was founded in 2001 and is now based in Crawley. It is developing fuel cells technology to produce a secure, sustainable and low polluting method of energy production. It raised £16M when it was floated on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in November 2004.

Chief Executive Peter Bance said: "We are extremely honoured to have won this prestigious Gold Medal. It helps underscore the outstanding progress we have made in commercialising this important green technology, and our leading position in the alternative energy sector."

Ceres Power's medal is one of the Institute's premier accolades and recognises the significant contribution that it has made to the industrial application of materials.

Dr Julia King, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, said: "It is fantastic that we have picked up so many of this year's awards and we offer our warmest congratulations to the winners. Our Department of Materials has excellent ratings for the quality of its teaching and research, and we are very pleased that individuals from the department have received this extra recognition."


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Laura Gallagher
Imperial College London Press Office
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Notes to editors:

1. Consistently rated in the top three UK university institutions, Imperial College London is a world leading science-based university whose reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts students (11,000) and staff (6,000) of the highest international quality.
Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and management and delivers practical solutions that enhance the quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.