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Special Metals Forum event rewards next generation of talented engineers

posted 4 Jan 2011, 01:20 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Feb 2011, 02:26 ]
The Special Metals Forum (SMF) held its annual Awards Dinner at the Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield recently, which recognised the talents and achievements of undergraduate engineers and metallurgists.

The event, which was organised by NAMTEC in association with the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association (SMEA), was attended by over 200 members of the Special Metals Forum and their guests.

A series of presentations were made by Mick Steeper, Technology Manager of Siemens VAI, to the undergraduates. One of the main prizes was for the best design and innovation project, which was awarded by, an organisation which is responsible for attracting, selecting and developing the best graduate and undergraduate engineering talent and matching them with suitable placements in industry.  

The prize went to undergraduates Tomas Katafiasz, Lucy Smith, Adam Jones-Bradburn, Peter Halls, Nick Carrier and Saffiya Osman. They were chosen from over 20 competitors for their unique Bespoke Barriers system. Having been placed in a dozen different companies by AEM Futures, the student competitors were given just four weeks to identify, design and demonstrate a new application for stainless steel. Their innovative solution, for use in bars and restaurants, is set for trials across Yorkshire before it will go into production at INOX Solutions in Rotherham in early 2011. INOX Solutions is a company which supplies customised stainless steel applications to the infrastructure, medical, security and petrochemical sectors.

Ross Walker from Tata Steel Rail Technologies won the SMEA prize for Dissertation of the Year and was awarded £250. Ross was successful in achieving the highest mark for his Dissertation, with a Distinction. 

Barrie Dowell received the Tata Steel UK award for Student of the Year. Barrie works as Manufacturing Manager for Tata Steel at Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire. He was commended for having advanced himself through his own hard work and efforts in studying, from the shop floor, without the assistance of a BEng background. His project title which won him the accolade of Student of the Year was entitled ‘An analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of the communications used during the business restructure of Corus UK, Rotherham during 2009.’

Alan Partridge of NAMTEC, which runs the Special Metals Forum, explains: “The SMF Annual Dinner has become one of the main events on the manufacturing sector calendar. It is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to come together to celebrate the achievements of undergraduates in the metallurgical and engineering sector. It is really important that engineering and manufacturing businesses continue to invest in new talent to ensure they remain competitive on the world market. Events like this really do show just what huge potential lies within the next generation of young engineers in this region.” 

Speakers at the event were Mark Sexton, President of the SMEA, who celebrated the achievements of the next generation of Metallurgists and Engineers in South Yorkshire and Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the Engineering Employer’s Federation, who gave an enlightening insight into the future of manufacturing. 

The SMF annual dinner is sponsored by law firm Nabarro and raised funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

For more information about the Special Metals Forum, contact NAMTEC on 01709 724990 or visit the website