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Researcher named a Royal Academy of Engineering Young Engineer of the Year

19 Jul 2022

Congratulations to Henry Royce Institute corrosion expert Dr Beatriz Mingo

Dr Beatriz Mingo

Dr Beatriz Mingo received her award at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on Tuesday, 12 July.

Dr Mingo's research focuses on environmentally-friendly surface treatments for lightweight components used in transport. Her work has been recognised internationally by the European Federation of Corrosion, the International Society of Electrochemistry and by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, amongst others.  In 2016, she was awarded a Young Scientist Grant by the European Federation of Corrosion, whose objective is to promote knowledge exchange within the international corrosion community.

She is currently a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and as part of her current project, Next generation of ceramic coatings for active protection of light alloys, she is developing high-performance smart materials that can release corrosion inhibitors in response to the change in pH that accompanies the start of the corrosion process. Her research could extend the lifetime of lightweight components used in transport, which will help to create energy-efficient vehicles and support sustainable consumption of resources.

Professor Allan Matthews FREng, Professor of Surface Engineering and Tribology, who nominated Beatriz for the award, said: “I believe Dr Mingo’s research will be a great addition to the current scientific outlook in the field of surface engineering that will lay the foundations of a successful independent research career.”

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Committee, says: “Our Young Engineers of the Year are pushing the boundaries of modern engineering and creating genuinely new economic opportunities, benefitting society and the environment in the process.

"They are also fantastic role models for any young person considering joining the engineering profession. I congratulate them all.”