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Institute Awards

The IOR promotes achievement and innovation in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump applications, through a number of annual awards. Nominations are encouraged from individuals at all stages of their career with the following awards..

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 2016 award was made to Tom Watson of Daikin Applied. Tom has been responsible for new product development for centrifugal compressor technology, and before his recent retirement, was primarily involved in technical areas related to refrigerant applications, aerodynamics, bearing design and motor applications.

Tom was awarded the J&E Gold Medal in recognition of his work which has resulted in significant improvements in the efficiency of chillers and industrial heat pumps. This has included the introduction of large capacity oil-free compressors and the safe application of low GWP flammable refrigerants. Tom will be returning to the UK later this year to give a paper detailing his award winning work. 

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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 memory Ted Perry, Past President of the IOR, by his wife Barbara Perry. 

The award was presented to Chris Druce of London South Bank University for his research project investigated the impact of refrigerant leakage on the performance of systems comparing various refrigerants including HFO blends.

Chris will present a paper on his work to members during the 2017/18 IOR evening paper sessions. Details to follow soon.

The nominations for the Ted Perry Award were: Devrim Aydin, University of Nottingham, Chiara Di Santis,The University of Edinburgh, Chris Druce, London South Bank University, Zaneta Muranko, London South Bank University and Konstantinos Tsamo, Brunel University.

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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. 

This year's winners as voted by members, were Andy Pearson and Maurice Young for their paper which you can read here: "Ammonia leakage, dispersion and risk assessment”

The paper provides an overview of the current legal framework and explains the procedure to be followed in classification of hazardous areas in accordance with IEC EN 60079-10-1. An approach using new software to model potential releases and calculate the hazard range, is described and new guidance is introduced for those involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ammonia refrigeration systems. 

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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.

This year there were two candidates whose contribution was so exceptional the judges decided to make two awards

Martyn Ross from J&E Hall

Martyn has had a career of over 40 years. He began on an Apprenticeship Programme in 1975 after studying for an HND in Mechanical and Refrigeration Engineering. He admits he has never had a dull day at work and is still learning due to the every evolving nature of the industry.

He has now held the role of Senior Commissioning Engineer for almost 30 years and has been in charge of commissioning and troubleshooting plant in some of the world’s remotest locations.

Grayme Selkirk from Tesco Refrigeration

Grayme has worked in the commercial refrigeration sector for over 39 years and has been described as “a testament to refrigeration industry”. Supporting the development of young talent he plays a major role in the training and mentoring of apprentices and has driven improvements in technical capability.


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