The University of Zaragoza hosts the ‘I Acerinox Award’ for the best university projects on stainless steel

• The ceremony, held in the Ada Byron building at the University of Zaragoza, was hosted by the Rector of the university, José Antonio Mayoral.

The CEO of Acerinox, Bernardo Velázquez, today presented the ‘I Acerinox Award’ to Carlos Sanz San Miguel, an Engineering student from the University of Zaragoza, for his final year thesis “Comparative study on the corrosion behaviour of stainless steels due to chloride ions” (Estudio comparativo del comportamiento frente a la corrosión por iones cloruro entre aceros inoxidables).

The ceremony took place in the Events Hall of the Ada Byron Building at the University of Zaragoza under the presidency of its Rector, José Antonio Mayoral, accompanied by the General Director of Industry of the Government of Aragón, Fernando Fernández; the Director of the School of Experimental Sciences and Technology of the University Rey Juan Carlos I of Madrid, Alejandro Ureña, who chaired the award jury, and the Director of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Zaragoza, José Ángel Castellanos.

During the opening ceremony speech, Bernardo Velázquez reflected on the importance of relations between the company and the university because “we have internal training plans for what we already know how to do. But in order to innovate, improve and take advantage of the rapid development of technology, we need people who are prepared and eager minds. We need the University”.

This is the reason for why he said he was “excited because the success of this award in its first edition will allow us to secure this initiative, which we hope is used for many years to strengthen our relations with the academic world”.

The Award jury, as well as the CEO of Acerinox and the academic authorities, highlighted the level of the ideas taken to the competition and particularly emphasised the work of this young student above the other eight projects by university students from seven prestigious Spanish universities who reached the final stage.

The award, developed and promoted by Cedinox (Association for the Development of Stainless Steel), includes a cash prize of 3,000 euros.

This award is available to university students who are carrying out their final year thesis, degree, master or study, related to stainless steels, whether it be on its use, investigation or its development, with the objective of promoting knowledge on its uses among young architects and engineers on a national level.