Publications Awards

Institute Awards 

The Institute presents the following three publications awards:

The William Gardner Award
Gardner Award is for the best paper published in the Proceedings of the Institute’s Annual Conference on NDT by a person in the early stages of their career.

Details of award: A certificate, a cash sum of £250 and free Institute membership for one year.
Eligibility: Anyone who is either a student or within the first five years of full-time employment, who presents a paper at the NDT Annual Conference and has the paper published in the proceedings.
Nomination arrangements: Anyone who notifies the Conference organisers when submitting their paper that they meet the criteria.

Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2016 winners: F A Biruu, E Balaban, E Ahmad and M Missous

The 2016 award, sponsored by the South West School of NDT, went to Firew Biruu from the University of Manchester for his paper, co-authored by Messrs Balaban, Ahmad and Missous: ‘Quantum Hall-effect sensor-based handheld magnetic scanner with programmable electromagnetic coil for NDT of ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic materials’.

A list of all previous winners of the William Gardner Award can be found here.

The John Grimwade Medal
The John Grimwade Medal is for the best paper published in Insight in the preceding year.

Details of award:
An engraved silver medal plus certificates to author and co-authors. (A restricted fund covers the cost of the medal.)
Any Institute member who has published in Insight will be automatically considered (co-authors need not be members but only the lead author receives a medal).
Nomination arrangements: Automatic. Shortlist prepared by Technical Committee.
Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2015 winners: Dr C Mineo, Prof S G Pierce, Mr B Wright, Prof I Cooper and Dr P I Nicholson

The recipients of the John Grimwade Medal for 2015 are C Mineo, S G Pierce, B Wright, I Cooper and P I Nicholson for their paper, titled: ‘PAUT inspection of complex-shaped composite materials through six DOFs robotic manipulators’, which was published in Insight, Vol 57, No 3, March 2015 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2015.57.3.161).

Dr Carmelo Mineo is a research associate at the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (
CUE) of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His primary research interests comprise automated NDE, operation of robotic cells, hardware and software system development, instrument interfacing and data collection. He joined CUE in 2012 to undertake a PhD programme in automated non-destructive inspection. Dr Mineo developed his PhD research mainly at TWI Technology Centre (Wales), where he was instrumental in advancing innovative robotics for phased array ultrasonic testing of high-value aerospace parts with complex geometries.

Professor S Gareth Pierce is based in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE), in the department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE), at The University of Strathclyde. He received his BSc (First Class Hons) in pure and applied physics in 1989 and a PhD in fibre optic applications to laser ultrasonics in 1993 from the University of Manchester, UK. He has contributed to over 150 articles concerning research into non-destructive evaluation (NDE), structural health monitoring (SHM) and applied instrumentation. His research interests currently include robotic delivery platforms for non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E), encompassing both fixed industrial robotics and mobile vehicle technologies (including UAVs) for applications in engineering inspection. He maintains an active role in the UK Research Centre for NDE (RCNDE) and sits on the EU Robotics Topic Groups for Inspection & Maintenance and Construction Robotics. Additionally, he is a member of the International Scientific Committee for the European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring.

Mr Ben Wright MEng EngD MBCS is currently a web developer with Sorenson Media. Mr Wright gained four years’ experience of developing NDT inspection technologies in an industrial R&D context while working for TWI Ltd at the Technology Centre in Port Talbot. In this role, he was responsible for developing a number of bespoke inspection solutions, primarily ultrasound applications with phased array control, advanced post-processing and 3D visualisation. He was educated at Cardiff University, where he studied for an MEng in mechanical engineering and an EngD in thermal and mechanical simulation of the hot steel rolling process.

Professor Ian Cooper MSc CEng FInstNDT is a TWI Technology Fellow with over 30 years’ experience in advanced non-destructive testing. As Technical Lead at TWI’s Advanced NDT Development Centre in South Wales, he has managed numerous high-value projects involving automated inspection of challenging materials across a range of industrial sectors. Specialising in advanced ultrasound and digital radiography, he is currently leading the IntACom programme, a series of major projects funded by TWI, industrial partners and the Welsh Government, developing advanced robotic inspection systems for complex-geometry aerospace components. He is an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David.

Dr Ian Nicholson is a chartered engineer with over 22 years’ technical experience and heads the radiography and automation group at TWI Technology Centre (Wales). He holds a PhD in applied magnetism for non-destructive testing (NDT) and an MSc in systems engineering. He has significant experience and a proven track record in delivering research excellence within collaborative-based NDT. Ian has both academic and industrial experience of systems integration and in delivering NDT systems and inspection techniques.

A list of all previous winners of the John Grimwade Medal can be found here.

The Ron Halmshaw Award
Established in 1994 through the generosity of Dr R Halmshaw MBE, The Ron Halmshaw Award is for the best paper on radiography published in Insight in the preceding year.

Details of award: Certificate and a cash sum of £350 from trustee fund set up by Dr Ron Halmshaw.
Anyone who has published a radiography paper in Insight will be considered.
Nomination arrangements: Automatic. Shortlist prepared by Technical Committee.
Committee responsible: NDT Technical Committee.

2015 winners: Ge Lijing, Li Linsheng, Xie Jialong and Lin Guoxiang

The 2015 winners are Ge Lijing, Li Linsheng, Xie Jialong and Lin Guoxiang for their paper, titled: ‘Artificial bone with personalised ordering and laser rapid prototyping based on CT image processing’, which appeared in Insight, Vol 57, No 10, October 2015 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2015.57.10.562).

A list of all previous winners of the Ron Halmshaw Award can be found here.

Details of all Institute Awards can be found here.