Appointment: Professor Helen Atkinson
Professor Helen Atkinson, 42, has been appointed Professor in Metals Processing in the Department of Engineering at University of Leicester as from October 1, 2002, having previously been a Reader in Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield since 2000.
Her research now
centres on semi-solid processing (thixoforming) of metallic alloys and also on
the application of statistics to materials research problems (for example,
prediction of inclusions sizes in clean steels).
She is currently the grant holder for an EPSRC project on Alloy
Development for Thixoforming, and has held grants to the value of £1.8m
whilst at the University of Sheffield. She has collaborated widely with
industry and between departments, running interdisciplinary projects with both
Statistics and Mechanical engineering.
A member of the UK Government Technology Foresight Materials Panel from its inception in 1994 to 1999 (reporting to Cabinet on the priorities for materials R & D in the UK), she was one of only four academics on a Panel of 22. She was a member of the Chemicals and Materials Task Force for the Foresight Crime Prevention Panel run by the UK Government Office of Science and Technology (OST) and represented the Materials Panel on the OST Action Group on Sensors, which published its report in 1997. She is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Structural Materials College and has served on and chaired Panels prioritising proposals for funding. She was a member of the EPSRC Panel evaluating the Materials Portfolio (~800 projects) in 1998-2000.
has been a member of the Institute of Materials Council (1992-96) and of the
previous Institute of Metals Council (1989-91). She is a trained HEFCE
Teaching Quality Assessor and has reviewed materials teaching in four other
universities. She has also served on
and chaired panels reviewing teaching within other Departments at the
University of Sheffield.
Since February 1998, Professor Atkinson has served on the national committee for the British Transport Police, the body responsible for the public accountability and governance of the Transport Police. She has also been a member of the Lord Chancellorís Advisory Committee for the appointment of magistrates in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
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