Bernardo Velázquez, the CEO of Acerinox, presented the 2nd Acerinox Award for the best university work on stainless steel to Almudena Menéndez González, an Industrial Engineering student at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, for her study titled “Functionalization of surfaces by means of femtosecond laser-induced LIPSS”, whose content she had the opportunity to explain to the attendees in a comprehensive presentation.
Velázquez, who highlighted the quality of the works submitted this year and conveyed his congratulations to the winner, sought to underline “the importance of continuing to combine the enhancement of our employees’ knowledge and the internal training of the workforce with the attraction of talent and the search for young professionals offering new challenges and solutions for Acerinox in particular and our sector in a more global manner”.
The award ceremony was held in the ETSII Assembly Hall in Madrid and was presented by Miguel Ángel Gómez, Vice-chancellor of the UPM, who used his speech to encourage “work on the quarry, digitization and the popularization of the steel sector”.
José Manuel Torralba, the CAM’s General Director of Universities, stressed the “need to push and promote any initiative aimed at strengthening relations between the university and the company”, while Emilio Mínguez, Director of the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering of the UPM, furthered the idea by highlighting the importance of “cooperation between the academic world and business”.
As for Mario Buisán, General Director for Industry and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, he stressed that “it is necessary to articulate an industrial policy with mid and long-term vision” and declared that “the Spanish steel sector is an example of sustainability and the circular economy”.
The Jury also bestowed a Mention of Honour on Marta Muratori Sosa from the Polytechnic University of Algeciras (University of Cádiz); she was presented with a diploma by José Manuel Torralba, the CAM’s General Director of Universities.