Just like every year, International Association has continued to confer upon all the deserving members of the materials science community, a lot of prestigious awards, accolades, and honours. IAAM has always been of the opinion that it is very important to recognize and reward the hard work that goes into conducting the smallest of research. For this reason, the association regularly makes efforts to highlight, honour, and bring forward the years of hard work of the scientific elites of the materials community all around the world. In the year 2020, International Association of Advanced Materials has organized one conference so far and has already continued on its path to honour the researchers, scientists, and technocrats all around the world for their valuable contributions. The 32nd assembly of Advanced Materials Congress was held in Sydney, Australia from 02-05 February 2020. In this conference alone, IAAM honoured as many as 18 researchers who have contributed to the advancement of materials to global excellence.
IAAM regularly honours researchers for their significant research contributions in the field of Advanced Materials Science, Engineering & Technology with the ‘Australian Advanced Materials Award’. This award is an attempt by the association to recognize and honour a long-standing involvement and far-reaching contribution across the world in the fifteen years preceding the year of the award assembly. In the year 2020, the Australian Advanced Materials Award was conferred upon two eminent materials scientists: Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and Prof. Qingyuan Wang, Chengdu University, China, during the 32nd IAAM Felicitation ceremony. However, Prof. Wang could not be present for the ceremony because of the pandemic of coronavirus in China. Prof Prasad Yarlagadda currently serves as a Professor of Smart Systems and Project Director, Airports of the Future in the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Prof. Yarlagadda has a wealth of knowledge in the broad field of Bio-manufacturing to address various Orthopedic and cardio-vascular challenges. Prof. Yarlagadda has several specialties covering algorithms for process automation, AI, neural network, CAD/ CAM applications, rapid prototype manufacturing, development of scaffolds for tissue engineering, and aviation security. Over the years, Prof. Yarlagadda has had number of distinguished appointments in various Universities in India, China, and Australia. In 2012, he was honoured by the Materials Division, Polish Academy of Sciences. Further in 2016, Professor Yarlagadda was awarded order of Australia medal and was included in Queens Birthday Honours list in recognition of his outstanding service to the profession of Engineering. He is a fellow of many professional organisations including Engineers Australia, Institution of Engineers (India), World Academy of Manufacturing, and Materials (Poland), etc.
As part of the 32nd IAAM Felicitation Ceremony, the prestigious IAAM Medal was awarded to Prof. Mihail Roco from National Science Foundation, United States of America.
Prof. Mihail Roco is the Senior Advisor for Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation and Founding Chair of the U.S. National Science and Technology Council’s subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET). Prof. Roco is credited with thirteen inventions on multiphase systems, computer simulations, laser measurements, nanoparticles and nanosystems, sustainability and trends in emerging technologies. He had proposed the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI; 1999), at the White House (nano.gov). Prof. Roco is a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, Correspondent Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, etc. Prof. Roco is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research and was also awarded with U.S. National Materials Advancement Award and “Global Leadership and Service Award” at the EU Parliament in 2015.
Besides, IAAM also honoured 9 other highly deserving researchers with the prestigious IAAM Medal and 6 others with the highly coveted IAAM Scientist Medal in this one conference alone.
Moreover, out of all the highly intensive lectures delivered at the congress, the ‘Best Oral Presentation Award’ was given to Neta Kohen from Ben-Gurion University, Israel, for her work titled ‘Combined Effect of PVA-CNCs Systems’. The Best Poster Presentation award was conferred by the poster jury upon Rintaro Karwano from JEOL Ltd., Tokyo, Japan for the work on ‘Three-dimensional image reconstruction of nano-biomaterial using a newly developed detector’.