The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the UK has awarded Dr. Tridibesh Mukherjee, Tata Steel Group Director, Integration and Development, the 2008 Bessemer Gold Medal for his service to the steel industry.
The Institute exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy and is the professional body for the international materials, minerals and mining community. It awards a number of medals and prizes to recognise achievement within the profession, of which one of the most prestigious is the Bessemer Gold Medal for outstanding services to the steel industry.
Dr. Mukherjee has served as Chairman the International Iron and Steel Institute’s Technology Committee for three years to 2007. His contribution in the use of technology, as a means to competitiveness is recognised internationally.
The award will be presented at a dinner on 2 July in London. Dr. Mukherjee will deliver the Bessemer Lecture this year.
Previous winners of the award include Mr. J. R. D. Tata (1986), Mr. Stuart Pettifor (formerly COO of Corus, 2005), Sir Brian Moffat (formerly Chairman of British Steel, 1996) and Mr. Lakshmi Mittal (President and CEO, ArcelorMittal, 2007).
Dr. Mukherjee worked for British Steel from 1968 – 1971. He then joined Tata Steel in 1971 and rose to Deputy Managing Director (Steel). As Group Director now, he is responsible for Integration and R&D and Technology.
Tata Steel today is the world’s sixth largest steel producer with geographic footprints in India, South East Asia, UK and Europe. With the recent acquisition of Corus, the combined enterprise has a crude steel capacity of 28 million tonnes and over 82,000 employees across four continents.