Published: 12 April 2016

Head of Department presents prestigious IOM3 lecture

Professor Julie Yeomans will be the first woman to deliver the Mellor Memorial Lecture at a high profile event for the ceramic community.

The 56thMellor Memorial Lecture will conclude the Ceramic Innovation Network’s ‘Energy Efficiency in Ceramic Processing’ event, which is organised by the British Ceramic Confederation and co-sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Taking place annually, the Mellor Memorial Lecture commemorates the lifelong work of Joseph William Mellor, a pioneer in the field of ceramic materials.

Head of Surrey’s Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and Professor of Ceramic Materials, Professor Yeomans will speak on ‘Ceramic Armour – Hit or Miss?’ Her lecture will address the possibility of developing laboratory-based tests in order to better understand how ceramic armour responds to ballistic impact at microscopic level. Since there is currently no substitute for testing material on a firing range – and as making and testing a new material is a slow and costly process – the availability of laboratory-based tests could enable even better ceramic-based ballistic materials to be designed in the future.

Professor Yeomans said, “Having been a member of the ceramic community since my student days, I’ve attended many Mellor Memorial Lectures, never thinking that one day I would be asked to deliver one.”

The IOM3 Ceramics Society Mellor Memorial Lecture takes place in Stoke-on-Trent on 13 April 2016.

Professor Yeomans is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) and was recognised for her contribution to ceramics with the Veralum Medal and Prize from the IOM3 in 2008.


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