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4 February 2008 PR 08/14

Loughborough University researchers win prestigious medal

Staff from Loughborough University’s Department of Chemical Engineering have won a prestigious international award.

Professor Geoff Hankinson and Dr Barbara Lowesmith from the Department, Dr Mike Acton of Advantica Ltd, and Professor Geoff Chamberlain from Shell Global Solutions and Visiting Industrial Professor in the Department, have been presented with the Hutchison Medal for 2007 by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

The IChemE is an international professional membership organisation for people who have an interest in and relevant experience in chemical engineering. The Hutchison Medal is named in memory of past President, Sir Kenneth Hutchison, and is awarded for both practical and wide-ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking published papers.

The Loughborough team was presented with the medal for their research published in the Institution’s journal ‘Process Safety and Environmental Protection’. The paper was entitled: ‘An overview of the nature of hydrocarbon jet fire hazards in the oil and gas industry and a simplified approach to assessing the hazards’.

Professor Richard Wakeman, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering said: “The team thoroughly deserve this medal. It is recognition of their hard work and expertise in this area.”

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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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