EPMA Fellowship Award Winners named at Euro PM2021

October 20, 2021

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) announced the recipients of its annual Fellowship Award during the opening session of Euro PM2021, held this year as a digital event from October 18–22 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.

The recipients of the 2021 Fellowship Awards are:

Prof Didier Bouvard, University Grenoble Alpes, France

Prof Didier Bouvard, University Grenoble Alpes (Courtesy University Grenoble Alpes)

After graduating in civil engineering in Paris in 1979, Prof Didier Bouvard prepared a PhD thesis on the constitutive behaviour of granular materials in Grenoble, France, which he defended in 1982. Next, he stayed one year at UNAM University in Mexico, where he was involved in the modelling of granular materials.

On his return to Grenoble, he was appointed a CNRS researcher and started working on metal powder processing. After a sabbatical year at UC Santa Barbara in 1991, which was devoted to the numerical simulation of sintering, he became a professor of Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble of Université Grenoble Alpes. Since then, he has been working on the processing of metal and ceramic powders by coupling experiments and simulations in close connection with industrial companies.

Prof Bouvard is the author of about 100 papers in international journals and 160 papers in conference proceedings and has advised twenty-eight PhD students. He has chaired several international meetings, including the Sintering 2005 conference and the 2007 European Powder Metallurgy Conference. He is a member of the board that co-organises the Sintering conference series, and has also taken on a number of responsibilities local to Grenoble, as the direction of a joint CNRS-university research laboratory for eight years and the vice president for research at the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble for four years

Within the EPMA, Prof Bouvard is a long-standing member of EPMI and previous academic groups. In particular, he has been involved in the development of the numerical simulation of PM processes such as die pressing, sintering and HIPing. He has twice organised twice the EPMA Summer School and he wrote up and coordinated the PM Life educational project sponsored by EIT Raw Materials.

Prof Lars Nyborg, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Prof Lars Nyborg, Chalmers University of Technology (Courtesy EPMA)

Prof Lars Nyborg has been chair professor at Chalmers University of Technology since 2001, and has devoted his whole career to PM, including active involvement in PM conferences, the EPMA’s PM Summer Schools and, in particular, research and co-operation with commercial companies.

Meetings and conferences he has organised or chaired include the 1999 PM Summer School, ECASIA 1997 (co-chair), EuroPM 2013 (co-chair), EUROMST 2017 (co-chair) and more. He is also set to chair ECASIA 2024.

Nyborg specialises in Powder Metallurgy surface science, and has been involved the application of surface chemical analysis to study the surface chemical reactions from powder fabrication to consolidation, combined with model development applying mass transfer models, applied thermodynamics and sintering and development of improved processes. This approach has been applied in different fields of PM, as well as, in recent years, Additive Manufacturing.

In total, he has supervised twenty-two PhD students, with other fields of activity including SiC/metal contacts with extension into intermetallic thin film synthesis and tool material/work material interaction with focus surface integrity of work in forming and machining. Overall, this has resulted in Nyborg being listed as a contributor or author on more than 300 international journal papers and conference contributions.

Over the last five years, Nyborg has been involved in the development of the Powder Metallurgy and Additive Manufacturing group at Chalmers, with a particular focus on PM surface science and materials/process development, now including more than twenty-five research staff. The group’s activities include both basic science, new processes and new materials that are brought to the market in close cooperation with industry.


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