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Institute Awards

The IOR promotes achievement and innovation through a number of annual awards. Nominations are encouraged from individuals at all stages of their career. The J&E Hall Gold Medal, Ted Perry Award and the Service Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award are once again calling for entries.

J&E Hall Gold Medal awarded for practical contribution to the development of RAC technology

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This internationally respected award recognises the most noteworthy practical contribution to the science of refrigeration. It can be given to an individual or team with recent outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas:

  • Practical applications of innovative designs
  • Projects which have made an original contribution to the field
  • Systems which demonstrate substantial potential and evidence that they will be completed successfully
  • Outstanding and significant work in a new or unusual area

The 2014 award was won by Dr Reinhard Radermacher of the University of Maryland.

Dr Radermacher has been described as “pushing the research frontiers by exploring new technologies and developing them for real life applications”. He is a world authority on ‘energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable thermal systems research. The simulation packages developed under his direction are used by more than 60 organisations worldwide and have helped to enable researchers, policy makers and designers to analyse life cycle estimate of natural and low GWP refrigerants.

Prof Radermacher will be presenting a paper about his research as part of the 2015-2016 evening papers programme.

A special mention of thanks to J&E Hall International who have supported this award consistently for 38 years. Prof WAng received a Gold Medal to keep for one year, an engraved silver replica and a prize of £5,000.

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Student Research (Ted Perry Award)

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To encourage and promote research by students related to refrigeration and air conditioning, an award of £500 is made sponsored by Hawco Ltd and a prize of a set of ASHRAE Databooks is donated to the winner in honour of the Past President Ted Perry by his family. 

The 2014 award was made to Angeles Rivero-Pacho who undertook the modelling, design, construction and experimental testing of a carbon-ammonia adsorption heat pump and significantly improved the heat transfer rate. The research was described by one of the judges as “a practical research project with a high potential for commercial exploitation.”

 Angeles will be giving an IOR evening paper presentation based on her research as part of the 2015-2016 evening papers programme. These are free lectures and more details can be found at

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Published Research presented to IOR Members (Kenneth Lightfoot Medal)

The Institute provides a prize of £500 and a Medal to for the best paper presented in our programme of free evening lectures which are published in the Annual IOR Proceedings. The award is supported by Lightfoot Defence in honor of the Past President of the Institute, Kenneth Lightfoot. For information and a list of past winners click here. 

Prof. Tom Davies received the award at the IOR Annual Dinner 2015 for the paper “A novel low energy defrost process for the frozen food chain” presented in the 2013-14 IOR evening paper series.The papers co authors are Robin Campbell and Varun Thangamani 

The paper described a new low temperature defrost system which requires virtually no extra energy and which greatly reduces the temperature rise of the freezer contents during defrost.

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Service Engineer Lifetime Achievement recognition

The IOR Service Engineers' Section makes a lifetime achievement award to recognise an individual's commitment  to a career in service, maintenance or installation engineering. This award is sponsored by The Trainee of the Year Award. To download a nomination form and for information about the Service Engineers' Section follow this link.

The 2014 winning Service Engineer was Ian Sullivan of Ian Sullivan Air Conditioning.

Ian decided he wanted to join our industry after an afternoon spent questioning a refrigeration engineer called to his father’s off licence and grocery shop. In 1971 he joined India Ltd of Sheffield as an apprentice and over the years he progressed to become a Service Engineer and Project Manager. Today he runs his own business as self-employed service engineer, sub-contracting to several different companies carrying out trouble shooting on air conditioning systems or water chiller be that single splits, VRF or central plant. He also validates air handling units that serve operating theatres

He still enjoys working on interesting pieces of equipment and the problem solving that a career in refrigeration engineering brings. He delights in passing on his knowledge to the young engineers that work alongside him.



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