IChemE calls for nominations for medals and prizes 

Do you know a chemical engineer who deserves recognition for their contribution to the profession? Or maybe a volunteer who has given exceptional service to the Institution? Are you aware of a team of chemical or process engineers who deserve acknowledgement for their outstanding work?

The Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) 2021 medals and prizes are now open for nominations. Each year, IChemE’s Medals and Prizes Committee awards prizes to both individuals and groups to provide peer recognition of excellence in research, teaching, services to the profession as well as for outstanding contributions to the Institution from volunteers. Several of the accolades commemorate some of the most illustrious leaders in chemical engineering and their historical achievements.

The nominations open today (1 September) and close on 31 October 2020. IChemE would like to celebrate and honour outstanding chemical engineers from all nations and ethnicities worldwide, and particularly encourages nominations of women and chemical engineers from minority groups.

The full list of medals and prizes open for nominations is included below. The winners will be announced in 2021 and presented at various events throughout the year.

IChemE Vice President Learned Society and Chair of IChemE’s Medals & Prizes Committee, Jarka Glassey said:

“Celebrating chemical engineers’ many achievements, IChemE’s annual medals and prizes programme recognises the work carried out to advance the profession which in turn inspires generations of future engineers. I encourage professionals in both industry and academia around the world, whether or not they are IChemE members, to nominate their peers who are working to benefit society.”

“With so many different medals and prizes to be awarded, there is a category for everyone. From the Trustees Medal awarded to a volunteer who has given exceptional service to an IChemE special project, to the Morton Medal awarded to an individual for their dedication to excellent in chemical engineering education, the awards programme allows individuals or groups in all stages of their career to receive the acknowledgement they deserve.”

To read the criteria for each award or to download a nomination form, please visit www.icheme.org/medals for full details of IChemE’s medals and prizes programme.

IChemE Medals and Prizes 

The following IChemE Medals and Prizes are open for nominations:

Ambassador Prize 

The Ambassador prize is awarded to an IChemE volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution working on behalf of the Institution. The prize is typically awarded in recognition of a sustained period of work on a short to medium term project.

Clean Energy Medal  

The Clean Energy Medal is awarded to an individual for outstanding service in the clean energy field. The Clean Energy Special Interest Group (CESIG) introduced this medal in 2019 to recognise a sustained and successful track record in energy.

Davidson Medal  

The Davidson Medal recognises an individual from industry or academia, for their outstanding mentorship of early career chemical engineers.

Donald Medal  

The Donald medal is awarded to an individual for outstanding services in biochemical engineering. It commemorates Maxwell Donald, Honorary Secretary of IChemE and former Ramsay Professor at University College London (UCL), where the first UK chemical engineering department was established during 1923.

Franklin Medal  

Ned Franklin is a former IChemE President who worked in the nuclear industry. This medal recognises outstanding service in occupational health, safety, loss prevention, and care for the environment.

Geldart Medal  

The Geldart medal recognises a major contribution to research in the area of particle technology, and is named in memory of Derek Geldart, a well-respected member of the worldwide particle technology community.

Greene Medal  

Frank Arnold Greene was a founding member of IChemE who served as President in 1943–44 and also held the post of the Institution’s Honorary Treasurer. This medal is awarded each year for the most meritorious long-term individual contribution, to the progress of IChemE.

Guggenheim Medal  

The Guggenheim Medal was introduced in 2014 to recognise a major contribution to research in the area of thermodynamics and complex fluids. It is named after Edward A Guggenheim, one of the most well-known thermodynamicists of the 20th century.

Hanson Medal 

The Hanson medal is awarded annually for the best contributor to the Institution’s magazine The Chemical Engineer. It is named after Professor Carl Hanson who sat on the Editorial Advisory Board.

Hutchison Medal  

The Hutchinson medal is named in memory of Sir Kenneth Hutchinson CBE, IChemE President 1959–1960. The medal is awarded to either an individual or group, for practical, wide-ranging, philosophical, or thought-provoking published papers in an IChemE publication.

Lees Medal  

Frank Lees was a professor at Loughborough University, UK. This medal is awarded to the most meritorious publication on the topic of safety and loss prevention in an IChemE publication.

Macnab-Lacey Prize  

The Macnab-Lacey Prize is awarded to a student design project that best shows how chemical engineering practice can contribute to a more sustainable world. The prize is open to all design projects involving students on university courses accredited by IChemE.

Morton Medal  

The Morton Medal recognises an individual for their dedication to excellence in chemical engineering education.

Moulton Medals 

The Senior Moulton Medal is awarded to the author, or authors, of the most meritorious paper published by IChemE during the last year.  The Junior Moulton Medal follows the same criteria, but recognises the best author, or co-author, who has graduated within the last ten years (excluding career breaks) at the time of submission of the paper.

Nicklin Medal 

The Nicklin medal is an early-career award that recognises up-and-coming researchers, active in any research area within chemical engineering. Candidates must have no more than five years’ postdoctoral research experience and should have produced international-quality research outputs.

Sargent Medal  

Named after Roger Sargent, former IChemE President and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, this medal recognises a major contribution to research in the area of computer-aided product and process engineering.

Sharma Medal  

This medal (which is accompanied by a sum of £1,000) is awarded to an individual who has, throughout their career, made a significant contribution to the field of chemical engineering research. The award is part-funded by generous donations from Dr Rama Rao, Founder of Avra, India, and Professor Jyeshtharaj Joshi, former Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, India.

SIESO Medal  

This medal is awarded to an individual, or a group of students (maximum 6) for the most creative presentation of a major accident and the learning outcomes, using a range of formats.

Sustainability Teaching Award 

This award is presented for outstanding contribution of an individual or teaching team at IChemE accredited undergraduate courses worldwide.  The award was launched by the IChemE Sustainability and Education Special Interest Group in 2015.

The Trustees Medal  

The Trustees Medal is awarded to a volunteer who has given exceptional service to an IChemE special project.

Underwood Medal  

The Underwood Medal recognises a significant contribution to research in the area of separations. The award was launched in 2014.

Warner Prize  

Sir Frederick (Ned) Warner was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK, a former IChemE President, and (at the time of his death in July 2010) IChemE’s longest-serving member. He had a strong interest in sustainability and was a key member of the team that investigated the Chernobyl disaster. The medal is awarded to an individual, normally in the early stages of their career, who has shown exceptional promise in the field of sustainable chemical process technology, nuclear technology, or in making chemical engineering more accessible to a wider scientific community.

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