The Ron Halmshaw Award

Publications Award 

The Ron Halmshaw Award, established in 1994 through the generosity of Dr R Halmshaw MBE, is for the best paper published in Insight on any aspect of industrial radiography or radiology.

2019 winners:
Johann Kastner, Christian Gusenbauer, Bernhard Plank, Jonathan Glinz and Sascha Senck

The 2019 winners are Johann Kastner, Christian Gusenbauer, Bernhard Plank, Jonathan Glinz and Sascha Senck for their paper, titled: ‘Challenges for grating interferometer X-ray computed tomography for practical applications in industry’, which appeared in Insight, Vol 61, No 3, March 2019 (DOI: 10.1784/insi.2019.61.3.149).


Johann Kastner received his PhD degree from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1995. He is Head of the Computed Tomography (CT) Research Group and Vice President for R&D at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria. Johann is author or co-author of more than 220 scientific publications and several book chapters and is Chair of the conference series on Industrial Computed Tomography 2006-2020. His research interests are X-ray computed tomography (XCT), radiography and materials science.


Christian Gusenbauer studied technical physics at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, as well as medical physics at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His research interests are CT, quality inspection, non-destructive testing (NDT) of metals and image data processing. Christian is currently working as a Computed Tomography Engineer at Nemak Linz and is responsible for the operation of at-line and in-line XCT systems.

Bernhard Plank is a researcher in the field of materials and process engineering and has worked as a Research Associate with the Computed Tomography Research Group at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria since 2008. As Research Project Manager, he coordinates the materials characterisation area of the CT group. In 2018, Bernhard started his PhD studies at the University of Augsburg (Technical Faculty Mathematical Natural Sciences – Chair Mechanical Engineering), Germany, in the field of material sciences and systematic analysis of three-dimensional pore structures in fibre-reinforced plastics using 3D X-ray methods.

Jonathan Glinz received his MSc degree in healthcare and rehabilitation technology from the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria. In 2017, he started working as a Research Associate with the Computed Tomography Research Group at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Starting his doctoral programme in December 2019, Jonathan’s research interests focus on three-dimensional characterisation of industrial lightweight materials using X-ray phase-contrast micro-CT.

Sascha Senck received his PhD degree from the University of Vienna in 2012. He is currently working as Research Project Manager with the Computed Tomography Research Group at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (Wels Campus), Austria, and manages several research projects in the field of NDT and biomedical engineering. Sascha’s research focuses on the three-dimensional characterisation of advanced materials and biological tissue using X-ray and phase-contrast micro-CT.

Past winners:
1995    J-E Holmström
1996    Dr E A Birt
1997    A B Wooldridge, Dr R K Chapman, Dr G A Georgiou, I Munns and G S Woodcock
1998    Dr S Ekinci, N Bas, M Aksu, A Yıldırım, M Bingöldag, T Kurtcebe, M Dogruöz, S Sarıçam and N Yılmaz
1999    A McNulty, J McNab and W K J Greenwood
2000    P R Vaidya
2001    R R da Silva, M H S Siqueira, L P Calôba and J M A Rebello
2002    A G Vincent, V Rebuffel, R Guillemaud, L Gerfault and P Y Coulon
2003    Dr G A Georgiou and Mr C R A Schneider
2004    S Smalley and G Wilson
2005    D Mery, D Hahn and N Hitschfeld
2006    Dr G-R Jaenisch, C Bellon, U Samadurau, M E Zhukovskiy and S V Podoliako
2007    V Rebuffel and J-M Dinten
2008    S F Burch and B A Stow
2009    Q Shen, J Gao and C Li
2010    K Arunmutha, P Arun Kumar, T Saravanan, J Philip, T Jayakumar and B Raj
2011    Dr S F Burch
2012    V Riffo and D Mery / J Guo, L Zeng, B Li and W Yu
2013    X Zhao, J-J Hu, T Yang and F Wang
2014    W Gao and Y H Hu
2015    Ge Lijing, Li Linsheng, Xie Jialong and Lin Guoxiang
2016    Changying Dang, Jianmin Gao, Zhao Wang, Yulin Xiao and Yalin Zhao
2017    Domingo Mery, Vladimir Riffo, Irene Zuccar and Christian Pieringer
2018    Stefano Ridolfi

Details of publications awards can be found here.

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