Student awarded inaugural scholarship by Materials Processing Institute

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A Tees student is on course for a promising career within science after receiving the Materials Processing Institute’s inaugural Millman Scholarship.

Ben Napier is the institute’s first recipient of the undergraduate scholarship, which is awarded annually to a deserving candidate from the Tees region, who is planning to study, or is already studying towards a materials or science related discipline.

Ben decided to take a year out of education after completing his A-Levels at Prior Pursglove College, Guisborough and the Materials Processing Institute gave him the opportunity to gain industry experience working on a range on research projects.

He is now looking forward to starting life at Durham University where he will be studying MEng Computer Science.

The Millman Scholarships are run by the Materials Processing Institute in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.

The scholarships have been established in recognition of Dr Stuart Millman, an internationally renowned industrial researcher, who retired from the Institute in 2018 having enjoyed a successful career across industrial research spanning more than 40 years.

Stuart is a past president of the Electric Steelmaker’s Guild and has sat on industry research committees for the European Commission Research Fund for Coal & Steel (RFCS).

In 2011, he was awarded the Thomas Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) for his steelmaking research, and is also a Fellow of IOM3.

The scholarship programme includes an annual bursary for the duration of the recipient’s degree, as well as a salaried summer placement at the Materials Processing Institute.

Ben said: “I am grateful to both the Materials Processing Institute and the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers for giving me this opportunity which will greatly support me through university and my career progression

“I have put in a lot of hard work into my studies and I am proud to be the first person to receive a Millman Scholarship.

“I have enjoyed my time so far at the Institute and benefitted enormously. I am looking forward to returning on placement again, which I am sure will help as I seek a long-term future within industry.”

The Materials Processing Institute is a research and innovation centre serving organisations that work in advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy.

It is recognised as a leading industrial centre the upscaling and commercialisation of materials innovation, delivering research and innovation projects, consultancy, training and business support.


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