Awards & Prizes

AILU Award

This award is made annually to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK. The AILU Award is presented to an individual for significant contributions to laser materials processing, preferably contributions that have wider benefit for the industrial laser user community.

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

  • 2015 - Paul Hilton
    2015 - Paul Hilton
    TWI Technology Fellow Paul Hilton received the AILU Award for his outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK. Paul has served twice as AILU President, the only person to have done so.
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  • 2013 - John Bishop
    2013 - John Bishop
    The winner of the 2013 AILU Award, established in 1997, to 'honour an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK' has been awarded to John Bishop.
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  • 2011 - Janet Stoyel
    2011 - Janet Stoyel
    The winner of the 2011 AILU Award to 'honour an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK' has been awarded to Janet Stoyel for her contribution to the application of lasers to the discipline of Textiles, Art, Media and Design (AMD).
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  • 2010 - David Payne
    2010 - David Payne
    The 2010 winner of the AILU Award is Professor David Payne FRS, CBE, Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at Southampton University. The Award recognises the major contribution that David has made in the development of industrial laser materials processing in the UK, both in his inventions in the field of fibre lasers and also for his role in the establishment of SPI Lasers in 2000 to exploit the technology developed by the ORC.
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  • 2009 - Brooke Ward
    2009 - Brooke Ward
    Brooke Ward wins coveted AILU Award Every year the Association of Laser Users (AILU) presents an award to recognise ?an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK?. The winner of the 2009 Award is Brooke Ward of Europtics Partnership in Goring, in recognition of his pioneering work on measurement standards and optics for laser beam propagation and his outstanding contribution to the industrial use of CO2 lasers in the UK.
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  • 2008 - Tim Weedon
    2008 - Tim Weedon
    Tim Weedon wins 2008 AILU award. The AILU Award is presented each year to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK. The 2008 winner is Tim Weedon in recognition of his successful pioneering efforts to introduce Nd:YAG-based machining systems into the UK, starting in the early 1980s, and for his being a tireless champion of appropriately applying laser based manufacturing.
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  • 2007 - Malcolm Gower & Phil Rumsby 2007 - Malcolm Gower & Phil Rumsby
    2007 - Malcolm Gower & Phil Rumsby
    In recognition of their pioneering work with Excimer laser processing and the successful development as founders of Exitech Ltd. - a truly world class laser systems company. Malcolm and Phil have been active in laser micromachining for nearly 20 years and their drive and enthusiasm has been a key factor in the expansion of the UK's capability in industrial micromachining applications and systems.
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  • 2006 - David Stroud
    2006 - David Stroud
    For his outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK
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  • 2005 - Bill Steen
    2005 - Bill Steen
    AILU's first President
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  • 2004 - Denis Hall
    2004 - Denis Hall
    Innovator of industrial lasers and their applications
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  • 2003 - Colin Webb
    2003 - Colin Webb
    Entrepreneur and gas laser innovator. After receiving the Award Colin Webb wrote: "I feel very proud to be honoured by AILU in this way. The Association represents the UK?s forum for the community of those who use lasers to solve problems in real world engineering applications. I would like to think that together with my colleagues at Oxford Lasers Ltd we have made some contribution to this field."
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  • 2001 - David Dyson
    2001 - David Dyson
    Innovator in slow axial flow industrial laser design
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  • 2000 - Martin Adams, Derek Russell & Frank van Rompuy
    2000 - Martin Adams, Derek Russell & Frank van Rompuy
    Developers of the first fast axial flow CO2 laser
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  • 1999 - Maurice Gates
    1999 - Maurice Gates
    Entrepreneur and pioneer of lasers for fine metal cutting
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  • 1998 - Jim Wright
    1998 - Jim Wright
    Entrepreneur and pioneer of industrial Nd:YAG laser applications
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  • 1997 - Peter Houldcroft
    1997 - Peter Houldcroft
    Inventor of oxygen assisted laser cutting


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