Roy Sharpe Prize

Open Award 

The Roy Sharpe Prize is awarded by the Technical Committee of the Institute in recognition of a significant contribution through research and development in NDT to the benefit of industry or society and is sponsored each year by a different Corporate member. It was awarded for the first time in 1989 and is named in honour of Roy Sharpe, founder of the National NDT Centre at Harwell.

2017 winner: Professor Steve Dixon
Sponsor:
IMechE Engineering Training Solutions

In 2017, the Roy Sharpe Prize was funded by IMechE Engineering Training Solutions and is awarded to Professor Steve Dixon.


Steve Dixon has worked in NDT research for 27 years, during which time he has been involved in a number of collaborative research and development (R&D) projects with many different industrial and academic partners.


After obtaining a physics degree from Oxford in 1991, Steve went on to undertake a PhD at the University of Warwick, where he now holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the School of Engineering. He has held Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Advanced and Established Career Fellowships, a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship and a Royal Society Industry Fellowship. Steve has been a member of the EPSRC-funded UK Research Centre in NDE since it was founded and more recently, in 2011, he established the Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics at the University of Warwick, in order to make it easier for industry, and particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to engage with university research. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation for over a decade and is on the editorial boards of several NDT journals.


Steve is passionate about outreach and the group regularly engages with many different initiatives, visiting science fairs, schools and bringing people into the university to show them how research can translate into real world benefits and hopefully to convince children from under-represented backgrounds that they can go to university and benefit from it. Steve’s current research interests include ultrasonic transduction and instrumentation, eddy current methods and thermography, and he has published over 200 papers in a range of journals and conference proceedings. He has founded three spin-out companies to commercialise the results of his group’s research and has a number of technology IP licenses with organisations ranging from SMEs to large multinational companies.


During the NDT 2018 Conference in Nottingham, Steve presented his Roy Sharpe Prize Lecture, titled: ‘You can look but you must not touch’. 


Past winners:
Sponsors:
1988
Dr M G Silk
Du Pont (UK) Ltd
1989

Prof W D Dover,
Dr R Collins and
Prof D H Michael

British Aerospace (Space Systems) Ltd
1990
Dr R K ChapmanStanger Consultants Ltd
1991
Prof R E ChallisRTD Quality Services
1992
Mr C Baxter and
Dr A T Jones
Fuji Photo Film (UK) Ltd
1993
Prof G HaywardAEA Sonomatic
1994
Dr R V Booler,
Dr D E Hook and
Mr J E Pearce
Amersham QSA
1995
Dr P CawleyLavender International NDT Ltd
1996
Mr R A SmithMinton, Treharne & Davies Ltd
1997
Dr C B ScrubyIMF Technical Services Ltd
1998

Dr A McNab

DERA Farnborough
1999

Prof W Lord

Peak NDT Ltd
2000
Dr G-R TillackRoyal & Sun Alliance
2001
Prof S B Palmer A T Roffey & Co Ltd
2002
Prof R DewhurstInnogy plc
2003
Dr D HarrisonSercal NDT Equipment Ltd
2004
Dr J Tyrer
Ultramag Inspection Systems Ltd
2005
Prof R Bruce ThompsonSouth West School of NDT
2006
Prof D AlmondRSL (Aberdeen) Ltd
2007
Dr M ToftAGR Field Operations
2008
Prof P NagyTWI Ltd
2009
Prof B DrinkwaterArdrox Engineering
2010
Prof M J S LoweInspectahire Instrument Co Ltd
2011
Prof G DobmannLavender International NDT Ltd
2012
Prof K BalasubramaniamUltrasonic Sciences Ltd
2013
Dr J RoseComposite Inspection Ltd
2014
Prof C B Scruby TSC Inspection Systems
2015
Prof Dr U Ewert
South West School of NDT
2016
Professor Paul David
   Wilcox

South West School of NDT


A nomination form can be downloaded here.

Details of all Institute awards can be found here.