Sheffield Mechanical Engineer Wins IMechE Prize

The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Professor Roger Lewis has been awarded the prestigious IMechE Donald Julius Groen Prize for 2019.

Roger Lewis

The IMechE prize is awarded by the IMechE Tribology Group Committee to authors of outstanding papers or for outstanding achievements in the group's sphere of activity.

Professor Lewis has been lecturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2002, after studying both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Sheffield. His research in tribology – or the study of friction, lubrication and wear – has led to him becoming a world-leading expert in railway engineering, focusing in particular, on the interaction between wheel and rail.

Roger said: ‘It was great to have my work recognised by tribology peers, especially as I have been on the committee for many years including a spell as chairman.’

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) was founded in 1847 by engineers. They formed an institution to promote the exchange of ideas and encourage individuals or groups in creating inventions that would be crucial to the development of the world as a whole. Now, over 150 years later, IMechE is one of the largest engineering institutions in the world, with over 88,000 members in 120 countries.