Denis Dowling was awarded Institute of Materials Finishing (IMF) gold medal at its October AGM in Birmingham.

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IMF president Dr. Paul Lansdell presents UCD’s Dr Denis Dowling with the award.

The Institute of Materials Finishing (IMF) provides professional qualification and industry representative role on all aspects of surface engineering. At its AGM held in Birmingham on October 4th, Dr. Denis Dowling who holds a joint appointment between the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering was presented with the Institute’s Gold Medal Award.

This is the highest accolade given by the Institute. It is presented from time to time for outstanding personal, scientific or technical achievement relevant to the objectives of the Institute. This was the 15th time in the Institute’s 88 year history that this medal has been awarded, of which Dr. Dowling is the first Irish recipient.

Until recently he was the chairman of the Irish branch of the IMF and previously its secretary. As part of his role he has been actively engaged in the organisation of seminars and conferences. Included in the latter was the General Assembly of The European Committee for Surface Treatment (CETS). This was hosted at both the Invest NI offices and in the Stormont parliament building in September last year. CETS is an industry representative group providing feedback to EU legislators on proposed new directives.

In presenting the award at the AGM the president of the IMF Dr. Paul Lansdell, highlighted Dr. Dowling’s teaching and research expertise in surface engineering, along with his significant contribution to the IMF over a number of years.