EPMA Fellowship Award Winners named at Euro PM2020

October 6, 2020

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) announced the recipients of its annual Fellowship Award during the opening session of Euro PM2020, held this year as a digital event from October 5-7 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The EPMA Fellowship Award recognises individuals in the scientific and/or academic community for significant contributions to the development of the PM industry.

Announcing the awards, EPMA president Ralf Carlström stated, “The EPMA fellowship is a fantastic recognition from the PM community for tremendous work and continued involvement in PM science and technologies.”

“This distinction has received massive support from the EPMA council, as the contribution of academia and scientists involved in PM has been key for the development of the PM industry. It is essential for our future,” he added. 

The recipients of the 2020 Fellowship Awards were:

Prof Dr Elena Gordo, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain

Professor Dr Elena Gordo received the 2020 EPMA Fellowship Award (Courtesy EPMA)

Professor Dr Elena Gordo holds a degree in Mining Engineering and a PhD in Materials Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain. She is currently Full Professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid, where she is responsible of the Group of Powder Technology.

With twenty-five years of experience in teaching and research, Prof Gordo has appointments at the National Centre for Metallurgical Research (Spain), the University of Nottingham (UK), London & Scandinavian Metallurgical Co (UK), the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Queensland (Australia).

Prof Gordo has more than 100 publications in journals indexed in SCI, with her main research areas currently being the design and production of alternative compositions for the hard materials industry, low-cost PM Ti alloys and the preparation of powders for Additive Manufacturing, among others.

Professor Dr-Ing Frank Petzoldt, Fraunhofer IFAM, Germany

Professor Dr-Ing Frank Petzoldt received the 2020 EPMA Fellowship Award (Courtesy EPMA)

Professor Dr-Ing Frank Petzoldt studied physics and received his doctoral degree from Technical University Clausthal in Germany. He has been working with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) in Bremen since 1984, in a variety of positions.

In 1993, Professor Dr Petzoldt became Head of the Powder Technology Department at IFAM, and in 1999 was appointed Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IFAM.

Professor Dr Petzoldt has over 100 publications in international journals and conference proceedings, and is a Consulting Editor for PIM International magazine. He is lecturer both at the University of Bremen and the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven, and was appointed to professorship in 2013.


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