The aim of the competition is to develop interest in and promote powder metallurgy among young scientists at European academic establishments, and to encourage research at under-graduate and post-graduate levels.
Previous winners can be seen below:
2017: Dr Bey Vrancken & Dipl-Ing Silvia Baselli
The winners of the 2017 EPMA Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition received their prizes at the plenary session of the Euro PM2017 Congress which took place in Milan, Italy 1 – 5 October 2017 with over 1000 participants.
The winner in the Doctorate category was Dr Bey Vrancken of KU Leuven, for his thesis "Study of Residual Stresses in Selective Laser Melting".
The winner in the Masters category was Dipl-Ing Silvia Baselli of University of Trento, for her thesis "Shrinkage Kinetics Model of Uniaxial Cold Compacted Green Iron".
2016: Dr Elena Bernardo Quejido & Mr Uriel Tradowsky
The winners of the 2016 EPMA Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition received their prizes at the plenary session of the World PM2016 Congress which took place in Hamburg, Germany 9 – 13 October 2016 with over 1900 participants.
The winner in the Doctorate/PhD category was Dr Elena Bernardo Quejido of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, for her thesis "Optimization of Liquid Phases for Sintering Low Alloy Steels: Effect on Microstructure and Dimensional Control".
The winner in the Diploma/Masters category was Mr Uriel Tradowsky of Technical University of Berlin and the University of Birmingham, for his thesis "Selective Laser Melting of AlSi10Mg: Influence of Post-Processing on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties".
2014: Dr Annabel Braem & Mr David Lang
The winners of the 2014 EPMA Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition received their prizes at the plenary session of the Euro PM2014 Congress which took place in Salzburg, Austria 21 – 24 September 2014 with over 850 attendees.
The winner in the Doctorate/PhD category was Dr Annabel Braem who is studying at KU Leuven, Belgium for her thesis "The Development of bio-functional porous coatings for bone implants".
The winner in the Diploma/Masters category was Mr David Lang from the University of Leoben, Austria, for his thesis entitled "Characterization of the precipitation mechanism in the molybdenum based alloy MHC."
2012: Dr Catalina Elena Jiméne & Bruno José Jordão Marques
The winners of the 2012 EPMA Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition were honoured at the plenary session of the PM2012 World Congress in Basel, Switzerland with nearly 500 people in attendance.
The winner in the Doctorate category was Dr Catalina Elena Jiménez for her thesis on "Characterisation and modification of powders used to make Al-based metal foams", which was completed at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology, TU Berlin.
The Masters winner was Bruno José Jordão Marques from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, for his thesis "Stainless Steel as an alternative binder in WC based composites".
Both Doctorate and Masters category winners made a presentation on their theses to the plenary audience and were provided the opportunity to submit an article to the official EPMA journal 'Powder Metallurgy'.
2010: Dr Claas Bierwisch & Miss Ilaria Forno
The winners of this year's EPMA Powder Metallurgy Thesis Competition were honoured at the plenary session of the PM2010 World Congress in Florence with nearly 1000 people in attendance. This biennial competition has, over many years, helped raise awareness of PM and stimulated research amongst young designers and engineers throughout Europe. The prizes were kindly sponsored by Höganäs AB, Sweden.
The winner in the Doctorate category was Dr Claas Bierwisch from the Fraunhofer Institut - IWM in Freiburg, Germany, for his thesis on "Numerical Simulations of Granular Flow and Filling". He received a cheque for €1,000 from EPMA President, Mr Ingo Cremer.
A cheque for €750 was awarded to Miss Ilaria Forno, of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, winner in the Masters' category, for her dissertation on "Influence on atmosphere and cooling rate on properties of sinter-hardened steels".
Besides free registration to the World PM2010 Congress, both winners made short presentations on their theses during the Plenary and were also given the opportunity to submit an article to the official EPMA journal, "Powder Metallurgy".