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Charles Hatchett Award 2018 Panellists’ Biographies

Mike Hicks

Chair of the International Panel

Dr Mike Hicks FREng was the global Head of Materials Engineering at Rolls-Royce plc. He retired at the beginning of 2015, having been with the company for 37 years and was widely recognised as the company’s authority on aerospace materials.

Mike was awarded a Rolls-Royce Engineering Fellowship in 2002 for his work in Materials and was appointed as Senior Fellow in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007. He was presented with the T.B. Marsden Award by the IOM3 in 2004 and the Specialist Gold Medal from RAeS in 2014. He is a former President of the IOM3 and is now the Chair of their Executive Board.

He is on the Industrial Advisory Groups of Swansea and Cambridge Universities. He was Vice-chair of the Materials KTN and was also on the Board of a JV coatings company, TSTL, formed between RR and Chromalloy. He has worked on a number of Government, EPSRC and IOM3 Committees and was a UK representative on the NATO AVT Materials and Structures Committee.

He is currently a Director of Stratford Materials Consultancy. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Birmingham and Swansea and has authored a number of external publications.


David Porter

Research Director, University of Oulu

Dr. David Porter obtained MA and PhD degrees in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge in 1972 and 1976. He then spent six years at the University of Luleå in Sweden as a post-doc researcher and teacher. One of the courses he taught led to the publication of the first edition of the text book 'Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys', which, as a third edition, is still a popular text.

After many years in the academic world, David moved into applied R&D in industry. From 1981 to 1984, he worked as a researcher and product developer for the Norwegian aluminium company Årdal og Sunndal Verk. After that he moved into steel R&D at the Finnish steel company Rautaruukki, where he held various positions in the company’s research organisation helping to develop high-strength low-alloyed steel strip and plate. The time at Rautaruukki included a two-year secondment to the company’s subsidiary Fundia Special Bar, in Sweden, to help with the development of long products (2004-2006).

From 2011 to 2016, David was Professor of Physical Metallurgy with an emphasis on steel at the University of Oulu in Finland. During this time, he headed a research unit with a staff of 30, published 70 papers and taught five Masters courses. He retired in July 2016 but still works part-time at the university as Research Director.


Hani Henein

Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta

After completing his MEng at McGill University (1975) and his PhD at UBC (1981), Hani took up a faculty appointment at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He partnered with Dick Fruehan in the formation of the Centre of Iron and Steel Research.

In 1989, Hani moved to the University of Alberta and has been engaged in teaching and research of pipeline steel, metal matrix composite and rapid solidification process engineering. He has partnered with industry in research and collaborates internationally with numerous colleagues overseas. As part of a novel internship initiative, Professor Henein formulated an international work placement program for undergraduates in several high quality engineering programs in Europe, placing over 70 students since 2000.

He has received recognition for his research contribution, notably the award of four best paper awards, the prestigious Killam Fellowship, the Metals Chemistry Award as well as being inducted as a Fellow of ASM International, The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Canadian Academy of Engineers. In service, Hani plays a leadership role in the profession as the 1998 Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) President, Past Editor in Chief of Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly (CMQ), Board member of the Iron & Steel Society (presently AIST) and the 2014 President of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).


Indradev Samajdar

Professor, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay

Indradev Samajdar joined IIT Bombay in June 1998 and works in the general area of Crystallographic Texture, Microstructural Engineering and Thermo-Mechanical processing.  Much of the research activities, today, are initiated through the National Facility of Texture and Orientation Imaging Microscopy, a facility funded by the Indian Government’s Department of Science and Technology under the Intensification of Research in High Priority Area (IRHPA) Program.

Professor Samajdar has 147 peer-reviewed publications in international journals, several patents, and has co-authored one text-book. He has graduated 16 PhD students so far and has strong research collaborations with many research groups in India and elsewhere. His present research group consists of 17 graduate students (14 PhD and 3 M.Tech.) and 4 project staff.


Isabel Gutiérrez

Professor, CEIT (Centre for Technical Research and Studies) and Tecnun (The School of Engineering), University of Navarra

Professor Isabel Gutiérrez has a Master in Physics (Spanish equivalent degree) and has a PhD from the University of Navarra. In 1984, she joined the Materials Department at the Centre for Technical Research and Studies (CEIT) Research Institute at the University of Navarra in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain and became head of the Thermomechanical Treatment Unit in 1996. She was Associate Lecturer with Tecnun (the School of Engineering) between 1987 and 2012 and has been a Professor since 2013.

Prof. Gutiérrez has worked in over 50 research projects and her main areas of research include: relations between microstructure and material behaviour at different temperatures; diffusion bonding; hot workability; recrystallization; grain growth; texture; phase transformation and complex steel microstructures; effect of the strain path; microstructure-based property models.

She has supervised 20 doctoral PhD theses and is the author of 200 scientific and technical publications. In addition, Isabel is a member of the Spanish Steel Platform (PLATEA) and of the Technical Group TGS6 of the European Commission’s Research Fund for Coal & Steel (RFCS).

In 2014 she received the Charles Hatchett Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), as a co-author of the paper “Precipitation of Nb in Ferrite After Austenite Conditioning - Part I and Part II”.


Kisoo Kim

Group Leader, Research Infra Group, POSCO Technical Research Laboratories

Kisoo Kim received his Bachelor of Science from Seoul National University in 1989, and a Master of Science on superplastic behaviour of aluminium and titanium alloys from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in 1991. He started his research career at POSCO Technical Research Laboratories (POSLAB) in 1991, and graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2002 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering on the effects of rolling conditions on microstructure and mechanical properties of ultra low carbon steels.

Having worked for twenty five years as a member of research engineers at POSCO, Dr. Kim has led the development of high strength steels for linepipe, automotive and structural applications. He is currently a group leader at POSCO Technical Research Laboratories in Korea.


Oscar Balancin

Professor, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil

Oscar Balancin received a  PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1981 with the thesis 'Study of Hot Deformation of Microalloyed Steel using Plane Compression'. He gained a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Metallurgical Engineering at MacGill University, Montreal in Canada, with the supervision of  Professor J.J. Jonas. He is full professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil. The following disciplines are currently taught within the Department of Materials Engineering:  Physical Metallurgy - undergraduate level, Plastic Deformation Processes - undergraduate level, Computational Materials Engineering – undergraduate level, and Manufacture of Metallic Materials – graduate level.

Professor Balancin has developed research in the area of deformation under hot working conditions, especially in physical and numeric simulations of thermomechanical processing. He has also conducted academic projects supervising MSc, PhD and Postdoc students  and has developed technological projects in association with Brazilian industries.

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