Aluminium pioneer honoured
A pioneering metallurgist has been presented with an award for his contribution to the global aluminium industry.
The Aluminium Industry Award was presented to Prof. Scamans at the Aluminium Federation’s 2017 Dinner by Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead. The event, at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire, was attended by more than 200 guests from across the aluminium sector.
Chief scientific officer at Innoval Technology, Professor Scamans is also Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University’s BCAST metals research facility. He started his research career in 1974 at Alcan International, initially as research scientist and later as principal scientist, a role he took with him when moving to Innoval Technology in 2003.
Over the last 30 years he has initiated and managed a number of R&D programmes on both materials development and technological innovation, making substantial scientific and technological contributions to the light metals sector, his work being described in over 130 publications.
A world authority on automotive lightweighting, Prof. Scamans has been closely involved with aluminium car body development for Ford, and subsequently with Jaguar Land Rover, which has resulted in JLR’s current industry-leading range of aluminium-intensive vehicles.
“Geoff has been a great supporter of the Aluminium Federation over many years, always willing to give his time and share his expertise, “ said Mr Ashmead. “He has succeeded not only in becoming an aluminium ‘go-to’ expert, but also in developing and nurturing younger and talented scientists throughout his career.
“It's rare that we make such an award, indeed Geoff is only the fourth recipient. This recognition is well deserved, and Geoff continues to make a significant contribution to the development of aluminium globally.”
In November, Professor Scamans will be a keynoter speaker at the Advanced Aluminium Engineering for the Automotive Industry Conference in Birmingham.