Dr Andrew Smith (left), Dr Kate Thornton and Professor David Knowles (Henry Royce Institute)
02 Jan 2024

Double celebration at awards ceremony

Two of our colleagues, Dr Andrew Smith, Customer and Technology Manager at our Special Profiles business, and Dr Andy Trowsdale, Head of Research and Development, have received prestigious awards from The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).


Andrew, who is based at Skinningrove, won the inaugural Henry Royce Institute Award for Innovation by a Technical Professional. This award recognises the vital contribution technical professionals make in advancing technology and the understanding of the materials world.

He said: “I am honoured to receive this award which recognises the amount of technical innovation done at Special Profiles by a lot of people and you cannot achieve this as an individual. There are many gifted people at Special Profiles and this award is really for the team in the work that it does, creating solutions to challenging problems.”

Andy, who is based at our Rotherham centre, collected the Tom Colclough Medal and Prize in recognition of ‘learned contribution to understanding microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering in the iron and steel industry’.

Andy said: “It is a privilege to receive this award acknowledging the developments and innovations carried out by the team at British Steel over many years.”

The IOM3 awards celebrate individuals and organisations who have made exceptional advancements to the profession and these awards also help raise awareness of both engineering and scientific excellence and industry best practice.

Both colleagues received their awards at a ceremony held in London before Christmas from IOM3 President Dr Kate Thornton (CEng CSci FIMMM), who commented: “As always it is wonderful to bring so many of our members together from a diverse range and celebrate their wondrous achievements.”