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Bristol Composites Institute Director awarded prestigious Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials

Michael Wisnom (centre) with Professor John Gillespie, Director of Delaware’s CCM (right), and Professor Suresh Advani, Associate Director (left)

Michael Wisnom receiving his medal from Professor John Gillespie, introduced by Professor Suresh Advani

27 September 2019

Bristol’s Michael Wisnom, Professor of Aerospace Structures and Director of Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials from the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials, in recognition of his “significant contributions through leadership and scholarly endeavours to the international field of composite materials”.

The Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials recognizes pioneers and innovators in composite materials who have made significant contributions to the composites field through leadership, scholarly endeavours, inventions and/or economic enterprises over a sustained period of years. The medal was first awarded in 1984.

Professor Wisnom, who is based at the University of Bristol’s CAME School of Engineering, is Director of Bristol Composites Institute, which builds on the work of the Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science. He is a leading expert on the mechanics of fibre reinforced composites, failure mechanisms and finite element analysis, with over 400 published papers.

He is a member of the steering board of the UK National Composites Centre, Editor in Chief and European Editor for Applied Science and Manufacturing of the international journal Composites Part A and was Director of the Rolls-Royce Composites University Technology Centre from 2007-2017.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Society for Composites. Professor Wisnom was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2005 and was President of the International Committee on Composite Materials from 2009-2011.

Professor Wisnom travelled to the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia for the 34th Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites, for the award. He said "I am delighted to have been awarded this medal and honoured to be added to the list of the other extraordinary recipients over the years."


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