The 2018 Awards have been presented at the Gala Dinner on 22 October 2018, during the Global Engineering Congress in London.
The 2018 Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation
The Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation, supported by Khatib & Alami, recognises the importance of engineering innovation at an international level. Innovative companies from around the world applied for this award.
The winner for the 2018 Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation is Dr. William F. Ranson from the USA.
Dr. William F. Ranson (center), winner of the Inaugural Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation
About the Awardee
Born on 24th June 1938, Dr. Ranson holds a Ph.D. in engineering, a M.S. and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of ASME International, Society of Experimental Mechanics and is member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering.. Dr. Ranson has authored national-research-award winning publications, and holds several patents.
Dr. Ranson has over 50 years of combined experience in management, business development and R&D. He has led numerous technology development projects for NASA, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and large corporations such as Gulfstream Aerospace, Michelin Corporation, and Westinghouse. Dr. Ranson established one of the three original manufacturing extension programs in the United States. This program has grown to 52 centers providing ISO certification, product development, technology integration, and supply-chain management services to a base of 325,000 manufacturing companies. Ranson has founded several startup companies offering products and services in the industrial, medical, and government sectors.
Dr. Ranson has been a chaired professor of mechanical engineering, and is a recognized expert in the area of stress and fatigue analysis of mechanical systems. He has served as consultant and expert witness for many engineering and manufacturing corporations. Dr. Ranson serves as an Advisor for a joint U.S. Army, Army National Guard, Goodrich Aerospace, and University team tasked with managing structural vibration in military helicopters in an effort to reduce cost, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, and improve operational readiness and safety.
He has received awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Hetenyi Award for he Society of Experimental Mechanics for original contribution to engineering mechanics
Impact of the Product:
The impact to the global community is an inexpensive technique to measure strain in operating systems, monitor structural health, evaluate crack initiation in rivet holes before surface cracking appears and provides an accurate device operable in a wider temperature range and wide range of elasticity.
Electrical resistance gages must have a particular gage material for a specific temperature range and the electrical resistance gage is limited to 5% strain and the optical gage has been used up to 150% strain. The impact is exemplified by the acquisition of the technology by General Electric.
About the Product
The project is about a technology developed for industrial optical based strain measurements. William’s effort resulted in development of optical strain gauge targeted at replacing the generally used electrical resistance strain gauge. The optical approach eliminates the need for the electrical connection from the strain gauge to the readout device.
The method of attaching the optical sensor and the method of reading the sensor has a number of advantages over x-ray diffraction, ultra-sonic imaging, the electrical resistance strain gauge (as mentioned), fibre optic gauge and digital image correlation. The optical sensor developed can detect sub-surface crack initiation in holes such as rivet holes, can enable measurement of cold working strain, operates over wide temperature range (between -200 deg.F and 2000 deg.F) and does not require recalibration associated with electrical resistance strain gauges. The process of using this optical sensors can provide strain history over time as a key element of structural health monitoring.
The 2018 GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award
The GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award, supported by GREE Electric Appliances Co., recognises the contributions of women to engineering at an international level. Outstanding women engineers from around the world nominated for this award.
The winner for the 2018 GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award is Mrs. Maria-Teresa Estevan Bolea from Spain.
Mrs. Maria-Teresa Estevan Bolea from Spain, winner of the Inaugural GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award
About the Awardee
Born on 26th October 1936, Maria- Teresa is the third woman in Spain to obtain an Industrial Engineer title in 1968 and was the first woman to join the Corps of Industrial Engineers of the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Energy.
Among the many positions of public responsibility that she has held are those of Member of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (1987-1993), Member of the European Parliament (1994-1999) stand out, also she was Chairperson of Energy, Environmental, Research and R&D Committee and Equal Opportunities for Women Committee, and also President of the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (2001-2006).
Her commitment to the engineering professional organizations is accredited, not only with the close collaborations maintained from her positions, but with her positions as Vocal in the Association (2010-2014) and Dean of the Official College (2013-2016) of Industrial Engineers from Madrid. She is currently Director-General (CEO) of Sitesa Ingenieros S.A. What she has achieved with her perseverance is a vital example of how a woman can achieve what she considers important; even in the field of engineering.
Details of other accomplishments and qualifications includes:
- She was the first woman Engineer of State in Spain. Degree of High Specialisation in Welding and Environmental Engineering.
- She belongs to the Body of Industrial Engineers of the State.
- She has worked in companies of Engineering and Construction and Assembly of Cement Factories, Chemical Plants, Refineries, Thermal Power Stations, Oil and Gas Pipelines. She has also worked in Power Planning, in Power Technologies, Thermal Power Stations and Nuclear Energy.
- In July, 2001 she was appointed President of the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN).
- She has been Commissioner of the National Commission of Energy.
- President of the National Council of Industry and Energy (Ministry of Industry and Energy).
- Member of the European Parliament. Member and Spokesperson at the Commissions of Energy, Technological Research and Development and Environment.
- Member of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Spokesperson for Energy and Environment matters.
- General Director for Environment and General Secretary of the Inter-ministerial Commission of Environment from the Ministry of Public Works (1979-1982) and General sub-Director at the Ministry of Public Works (1977-1978).
- She has worked in the General Directorate of Energy: Hydrocarbon and Gas Departments, Subdivision of Power Planning of the Ministry of Industry and Energy, and at the Subdivision of Industrial Pollution of the Ministry of Industry and Energy.
- Mrs. Estevan is member of several advisory groups within international organizations. She also participate as lecture at courses organized by Spanish and international organizations on Nuclear and radiation safety, Energy planning and policies and environmental engineering.
- She has a wide experience in international projects on energy, mechanical engineering and environmental installations.
- Currently, she is Director General of SITESA INGENIEROS S.A.
In addition to her intense dedication to the world of engineering and industry, it should be highlighted that she has received recognition in some other activities as follows:
- Gold Master of the Senior Management Forum.
- Her work in the social and professional promotion of women has been intense, facilitating numerous jobs for women.
- She intervened extensively in the energy works of the OECD (Paris) and CEPE (Geneva) and the Environment and in other international institutions.
- Author of the first publications on Environmental Impact Assessment.
- Was invited in 1993 for a month, by the United States Information Agency (program of international visitors of the USA governments)
- She has directed numerous energy projects (oil, gas and electricity and environmental protection in Latin American countries)
- Has the “Puig Adam” medal from the Technical High School of Industrial Engineering of the UPM.
- In 2007, the COIIM awarded her the Honorable Mention for her professional career.
- Professor “ad-honorem” of the UPM and other Spanish and foreign Universities.
- Prize of the Spanish Nuclear Society 1985 for the: “analysis of generation costs of the kWh”.
- Author of numerous publications, articles and conferences, etc.
- Member of various foundations and technical, social and welfare associations (Caritas, Red Cross, Unicef) and social studies.
The Young Engineers Competition
The Young Engineers Competition awarded the leadership efforts of young engineers around the world to progress the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering.
The WFEO Executive Board and the Committee on Young Engineers/Future Leaders has been proud to host a competition for the best ideas and projects from young engineers around the world, who are progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering. This was a key initiative of WFEO President Dr. Marlene Kanga to recognise the contributions of young engineers in leading sustainable development projects.
The best submissions have been published in the booklet “Young Engineers Advancing the UN SDGs”
|Dr. Sim Siang Tze Victor (Singapore)
||Clean Water Access for Don Bosco School Hlaing Thar Yar, Myanmar
|Eng. Emmanuel Adams (Ghana)
||Contribution of Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Water and Sanitation Project to the Progress of SDG Goal 6
|Eng. Adonis Adornado (Philippines)
||Geographical and Varietal Origin Determination and Mapping of Philippine Fishery Products for Traceability and Biodiversity Assessment
|Dr. Melchizedek Alipio (Philippines)
||An IoT-based (Internet of Things) Water Quality Monitoring and Potability Prediction System for Rural Communities in the Philippines
|Eng. Luis Andrade (Venezuela)
||Solar energy for Venezuela’s public hospitals
|Eng. Netty Dalma Malca Perez (Peru)
||Aquaponic Systems to face Climate Change and to Ensure Global Food Security
|Eng. Rodrigo Israel González Velázquez (Mexico)
||Vínculo comunitario (Community Link through infrastructure projects)
|Eng. Avishek Malla (Nepal)
||Empowering Rural Agriculture with Solar Powered Irrigation Services
|Eng. Geoffrey Morgan (UK/USA)
||Infrastructure Capacity Assessment to Support Achieving the SDGs
|Eng. Irene Serrano González (Spain)
||An ecological sanitation project towards the well-being of the patients and the sustainability of the Kumi Hospital in Uganda
|Eng. Liu Shiqi (China)
||Targeted Poverty Alleviation Supported by Geo-Spatial Information
|Prof. Ning Zhang (China)
||Supplying Affordable and Clean Energy through Multiple Energy Systems Integration
|Prof. Ling Zhou (China)
||Water Supply Solution for Arid Area: Lost-cost, High Performance Solar Energy Electric Submersible Pump
Young Engineer winners at the Gala Dinner