The IFHTSE Medal is awarded from time to time for internationally recognised distinguished achievements in Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering. These may equally be seminal scientific findings or innovative breakthroughs in our industry which are widely published and cited.

List of IFHTSE Medalists

Speer, John Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA
Somers, Marcel Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby
Bhadeshia, Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj "Harry" University of Cambridge, UK
Totten, George Texas A&M University, USA, and Totten Associates
Mittemeijer, Eric Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart, Germany
Maki, Tadashi Kyoto University, Japan
Krauss, George Kyoto University, Japan
Wyss, Urs MAAG Gear Co., Switzerland, and first IFHTSE Secretary
Bell, Tom University of Birmingham, UK

IFHTSE Fellowship

The IFHTSE Fellowship recognises individuals who have made outstanding and significant contributions to the development of heat treatment or surface engineering. These may be
- achievements in research and development,
- in publishing and publicity,
- in forming or leading the HTSE community in a specific field or geographic region,
- in teaching and recruiting young talents for HTSE,
- or a leading role in an activity of the Federation,
- or a substantial support for the Federation,
- or a successful representation of the Federation as an ambassador to a specific community.

Tom Bell Young Author Award (TBYAA)

List of awardees

Year Given Name Family Name Affiliation Country Title of the Paper
2022 Pedro José de Castro Leibniz-IWT Germany Energy efficient manufacturing chain for advanced bainitic steels based on thermo-mechanical processing
2022 Simona Kresser Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences Austria The Effect of Cooling Rate on Quenching & Partitioning (Q&P) in Martensitic Stainless Steels
2019 Riyana Ableyeva Moscow State University of Technology Stankin Russia Investigation of structure and properties from aluminum matrix composite materials produced by selective laser melting
2018 Liang Wu Chongqing University China Fabrication and Characterisation of Layered Double Hydroxide Films by Conversion of MAO coatings on Magnesium Alloys
2017 Mehdi Khalloufi Cemef Mines Paristech France Simulation of turbulent boiling with phase change and industrial steel quenching processes
2016 Matteo Villa Technical University of Denmark Denmark The sub-zero Celsius treatment of stainless steels: experiments and perspective
2015 Gundis Grumbt TU Bergakademie Freiberg Germany Electron beam hardening of PVD-coated steels - improved load-supporting for Ti1-xAlxN layers capacity
2014 Tobias Steiner Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart Germany Internal nitriding of Fe-Cr-Mo alloys; Nitride precipitation
2012 Xiaoyue Jin College of Nuclear Science and Technology China Characterization of wear-resistant coatings on 304 stainless steel fabricated by cathodic plasma electrolytic oxidation
2011 Masaki Tanaka Kyushu University Japan
2010 Paula Fernanda da Silva Farina Beijing Normal University
Effects of cryogenic and stress relief treatment in temper carbides precipitation in an AISI D2 tool steel
2008 Mariann Lovonyak Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Leoben 8700, Austria Austria Influence of Si on the Nitriding Behavior of Hot Work Tool Steels
2007 Imre Felde Bay Zoltan Institute for Materials Sciences and Technology, Budapest Hungary Characterisation of hardening performance of quenchants by integrated numerical methods
2000 Arnim Küper Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik, Bremen Germany Plasma-assisted boronising using trimethyl borate
1998 Bernd Reinhold Technical University Freiberg Germany Plasma nitriding of aluminium alloys
1996 M.C. Nestler SulzerMetco (Deutschland) GmbH Germany Production of duplex coatings through process combination thermal spraying / nitriding
1994 Michael Lohrmann Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik, Bremen Germany Characterisation of the quenching behaviour of gases
1992 Toshimitsu Kimura Daido Steel Co Ltd Research and Development, Nagoya Japan Supercarburising characteristics and fatigue properties of chromium bearing steels

This Award is given for the best paper from a young author presented at the IFHTSE Congress. It consists in the invitation for free participation at the next IFHTSE Congress. The award covers economy class transport, accomodation, and participation fee. The award is named in honour of the late Prof. Tom Bell of the University of Birmingham, twice IFHTSE President, IFHTSE Fellow and IFHTSE Medalist.

To be eligible for the TBYAA, the author must
• be under 35 years of age on the last day of the Congress,
• register for the award when submitting the paper to the Congress,
• submit the full paper not later than a month before the event
• and present the paper in person at the Congress.


Honorary Presidency

Honorary Presidents have rendered outstanding and continuous service to the Federation over many years, not necessarily as President. They have given the Federation its shape and standing in their time and have enlarged its scope, initiated new activities, or renewed and reinforced its structure and been the face of the Federation for the public.

Dr. Zoltán Koloszváry, appointed in the Governing Council Assembly online, 2020

One of the most valuable achievements of IFHTSE over the years has been the development of fruitful and mutually beneficial personal contact in groups of leading figures in industry and academic life, among widely differing political regimes, and through some difficult and often dangerous times.

Zoltán Kolozsváry has provided outstanding leadership in this respect for several decades, beginning in the 1970s. His multilingual abilities (he will happily communicate in his native Hungarian and Romanian as well as in English and German) have always ensured a good level of understanding in many meetings. For example, after the changes in the USSR/Russia he was central to the restoration of active Russian contributions to IFHTSE, and membership of the Russian Heat Treating Society to IFHTSE.

Dr. Kolozsváry participated in his first international conference held in Switzerland 1968. He attended many meetings and conferences of the International Federation for Heat Treatment (IFHT) from the beginning of the Federation (1971) and he has represented Romania in the Federation from 1986.

He became IFHTSE President in 1998 and Treasurer of the Federation in 2001, which duty he served until 2016. He became a Fellow of IFHTSE in 2007. He was the project leader for the IFHTSE initiative "Global 21", a survey on the state of the art and expected development trends in heat treatment and surface engineering in the early years of the 21st century.

Dr. Kolozsváry was born in 1937 in Târgu Mureș, Romania. He graduated with honors from the Technical University of Bucharest in 1959. He started to work in the machine factory „Encsel Mór” (Târgu Mureș) as trainee and soon became the head of the Heat Treatment workshop. In 1963, he was commissioned to build a nitriding furnace and technology for large parts used for knitting machines. This development has ultimately determined his professional and scientific career where he focused on the effect of nitriding technology (salt bath and atmosphere treatments) on the wear of steel parts. He defended his doctoral dissertation in 1970. The year after, he was nominated to establish a Romanian Research Institute for Heat Treatments and Surface engineering. His patents on gas nitriding have been used by several companies related to the German vehicle industry and his company “Plasmatherm” is well noted for plasma nitriding for many different applications. In 1973 he was invited to Liverpool University as a visiting researcher by Professor Tom Bell. He became the scientific director of the institute “Metalotehnica” 1976.

He has published more than 200 scientific and technological papers in 8 languages, several chapters in Metal Handbooks, ASM Handbooks and Handbook of Residual Stress and Deformation.

Urs Wyss, appointed in the Governing Council Assembly 1991 in Melbourne, Australia1991

From the foundation of the then IFHT 1971/72, Urs Wyss served as Secretary of the then IFHT until 1988. In that period, and especially in the early days, his dedication, charm and easy ability in German, French and English ensured a successful launch for the Federation. He wrote the constitution, inspired the early meetings, encouraged his collaborators and fostered fruitful East-West relations. Without him, it is unlikely that the venture would have been so fruitful.

Wyss combined his organisational and administrative skills with a successful materials engineering career in industry. As manager of the metallurgical laboratory and heat treatment workshop of Maag Zahnräder AG, Zürich, he developed a drip-feed technology using liquid hydrocarbons (Carbomaag) which brought him many international patents. Significant publications and conference contributions resulted from his industrial work.

In 1982, AWT awarded him the Adolf Martens medal. He was President of the Swiss Society for Heat Treatment in 1953, when he was only 30, and was appointed their Honorary President in 1972. He was also an Honorary Member of the Association Technique de Traitement Thermique (ATTT), France. In 2006 he was awarded the IFHTSE Medal.

Dr. H.U. Meyer, named Honorary President at the 5th International Congress on Heat Treatment of Materials in October 1986 in Budapest

As early as 1970, in the preparation meeting for the foundation of the then IFHT, Dr. Meyer, director of Climax Molybdenum, Zurich, Switzerland, took the active role of Chairman of the Founding Committee and was subsequently President until 1974.

Honorary Vice Presidency

Honorary Vice Presidents have supported the Federation continuously as valid partners and friends over many years while they served in functions of other associations or companies.

Imao Tamura

"Professor Tamura, elected as Vice-President in 1990, had reluctantly decided that, for health reasons, he would be unable to take office as President of IFHT for the period 1992-1993. In recognition of Professor Tamura's work on behalf of IFHT, the Executive Committee unanimously recommended his appointment as Honorary (life) Vice-President. The Governing Council approved this with acclamation and Professor Tamura accepted the honour."
(From the minutes of the Governing Council Assembly 1992 in Kyoto, Japan)

George H. Bodeen

"He (the President) also placed on record the Governing Council's gratitude to the organisers of the Chicago Congress in general, and the generous hospitality of Mr Bodeen in particular. He reported the award of a commemorative document to Mr Bodeen"
(From the minutes of the Governing Council Assembly 1989 in Lisbon, Portugal)

Aichelin Young Speaker Award

Given for the best talk at an IFHTSE conference in Europe
• by a speaker under 35 years of age on the 1st day of the conference
• on an issue of high scientific or commercial relevance
• with implication for the industrial practice
• in a clear and comprehensible fashion
• accompanied by concise and plausible visualization
• with poised and competent answers to any questions from the audience.

Awardee at the 3rd International Conference on HTSE in Automotive Applications, Prague 2016:
Maximilian Walter, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Awardee at the 2nd QDE (International Conference on Quenching and Control of Distortion), held online April 2021:
Ogün Baris Tapar, IWT, Bremen, Germany

Best Poster Award

Best Poster Awards were sponsored by LINDE GAS two times at the Congresses 2014 and 2015 in Munich and Venice. Three awards were given at each conference.

Awardees 2015:
Anke Dalke, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Dennis Formosa, University of Birmingham, Great Britain
Mahdi Soltani, Università di Brescia, Italy

Awardees 2014:
Dr Anja Buchwalder, Bergakademie TU Freiberg, Germany
Tobias Steiner, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany,
                            (who won also the TBYAAin the same event)
Prof. Masahiro Okumiya, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan