The UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) has announced that Prof Jose Manuel Torralba, Director, IMDEA Materials Institute, has been awarded the 2022 Ivor Jenkins Medal. The prestigious award is presented to individuals in recognition of a significant contribution that has enhanced the scientific, industrial or technological understanding of materials processing or component production using Powder Metallurgy and particulate materials.
Prof Torralba completed studies as a Metallurgical Engineer at the Technical University of Madrid –UPM and Armament and Materials Engineer at Escuela Politécnica Superior del Ejército, EPSE. He has also earned two PhD degrees: Dr. Eng. Metallurgy (UPM) and Dr. Eng. Armament (EPSE).
Torralba has been Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, vice-rector for Academics Infrastructures and vice-rector for Research and Innovation at MSE at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). As well as Deputy Director of Institute IMDEA Materials, Director-General for Universities and Research of Madrid Regional Government and Higher Artistic Arts Studies. He is currently a Professor of MSE at UC3M.
Past winners of the Ivor Jenkins award include Roger Lawcock (2021), Prof Herbert Danninger (2020), Dr Leo Prakash (2019), David Whittaker (2018), and John Dunkley (2016).
Prof Torralba spoke to Dr David Whittaker in an interview for PM Review, Winter 2021, about his views on the current state of global PM research, the factors limiting development in the European PM industry and directions for future research & development.