Some 600 people at the plenary session of Euro PM 2011 in Barcelona saw EPMA President Mr Ingo Cremer present the EPMA Distinguished Service Awards for 2011 to Professor Francisco Castro of CEIT, San Sebastian, Spain and Dr Olle Grinder founder of PM Technology, Sweden.
The two gentlemen are both very well known in the PM community and between them have been active in the industry for more than 80 years and in that time have amassed over 350 technical reports and papers.
Professor Castro, originally from Mexico, studied for his Doctorate at Sheffield University and has worked at CEIT since 1985 where he has built up a research group of 36 people, one of the largest PM groups in Europe. As part of his scientific activities he has supervised two Masters theses, several final year projects and 23 PhD theses, one of which merited the Schunk Prize for Outstanding Developments in Powder Metallurgy
Dr Grinder trained at the Royal Institute of Technology before moving to firstly, the Axel Johnson Institute for Industrial Research and then in 1977 to the Swedish Institute for Metals Research (now Swerea KIMAB) in Stockholm. Since 1986, he has been employed part time as a lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology, but has worked mainly in his own company, PM Technology, on business development and consultation to companies internationally. Furthermore, he has established an international organization "Global PM Consultants" with three colleagues who work on various PM projects.
The EPMA Council is therefore delighted to be able to make these well merited Distinguished Service Awards for 2011.