One last outing for the Old Lags 

One last outing for the Old LagsThere’s something to be said about keeping in touch with old acquaintances. It’s not always easy, but when it happens, it’s extremely worthwhile. SUMDOLS is a prime example of reunions done well. The Sheffield University Metallurgy Department Old Lags Society have been getting together since 2000, but their 3 day reunion from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 September 2017 marks the end of an era. The Old Lags have decided to call it a day.

The Society is made up of 59 alumni and staff who were part of the Department of Metallurgy at the University in the late 1950s and 1960s. This includes a number of influential and distinguished people from business and academia. Dr Trid Mukherjee, CEO of Tata Steel in India and his predecessor Dr Jim Irani are attending, as is Dr Malcolm Gray, recently honoured by the University during their 2017 Graduation Ceremony. Dr Gray is a leading researcher in microalloyed high strength steels, and in 2016, was presented a top Chinese government award - the Foreign Expert Friendship Award - by Vice Premier Ma Kai in recognition of his services to the steel and line pipe industries.

The group gathers periodically to reminisce about studying in Sheffield, have a look at what has changed over the years, and visit local engineering companies, maintaining their interest in the subject they studied all those years ago.

Members of the SUMDOLS Members of the SUMDOLS Members of the SUMDOLS

This year’s programme of events includes a tour of the Sir Robert Hadfield Building, current home of the Department, tour of The Diamond, the University’s award-winning state-of-the-art Engineering facility for interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and a visit to local company ITM Power, who develop hydrogen engines.

They will also spend time at Haddon Hall, Poole Cavern in Buxton and enjoy two celebratory dinners at Hassop Hall. Following a guided tour of Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet on Thursday 14 September, the members of the Society will bid a fond farewell to each other.

“It’s bound to be an emotional day, when we all go our separate ways”,

observes Chris Moore, a founder member of SUMDOLS, and organiser of the reunion,

“although none of our number will want to admit it. It’s been wonderful to stay in touch with everyone over the years, and keep up to date with what everyone has been up to. Members of the Society have been dedicated to keeping in touch, traveling from all over the world, from Canada, the USA and India, as well as around the UK.”

Metallurgists reconnecting Former members of the Department of Metallurgy Members of SUMDOLS meet for one last reunion

Professor Neil Hyatt, Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, commented:

“Inevitably, a number of the Old Lags will stay in touch with each other. After all, old habits die hard. However, this will be done on an informal basis. Everyone from the Department and the University wishes the Old Lags well. As they depart the event, they can rest assured that they will always be welcome to visit, and see what new and exciting developments happen in the years to come.”

The continued success of the Society has been helped enormously by the University’s Alumni Relations Team who make sure that everyone who had graduated from the University is kept abreast of University news and events. So while SUMDOLS is disbanding, the Alumni Relations Team will remain in contact with the Old Lags, inviting them to future alumni events and activities, keeping the networking opportunities alive.

To see more photos from the reception please visit the Photo Gallery.

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