Professor Stathis Ioannides, SKF Group Director for Product Engineering, has received the Tribology Trust's Gold Medal at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. The medal was presented to Professor Ioannides by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and is internationally recognised as the highest honour in tribology research and application.
Tom Johnstone, President and CEO of the SKF Group, comments: "We are delighted to see Professor Ioannides recognised in this way. Stathis is a perfect example of an engineering scientist, excelling in both the academic and industrial spheres, and his knowledge has helped the development of the Group. Tribology is at the heart of the design, development and application of bearing-related products and solutions, and over the last 15 years the Professor has enabled us to help companies across a range of industries to operate more profitably. Once again, we congratulate him."
The Gold Medal award, administered by the United Kingdom Institution of Mechanical Engineers, recognises outstanding achievement in the field of tribology, an area of science focussing on the study of friction, wear and lubrication. Professor Ioannides is a world-acknowledged expert in tribology and was the main developer of the ISO standard for calculations of bearing life, used today by all bearing companies in the world. The ISO standard, based on the SKF Life Theory that Ioannides was instrumental in developing, enables probability-based bearing life predictions to be made, resulting in more reliable and cost-effective operation.
In addition to his role as Director for Product Engineering for the SKF Group, Professor Ioannides is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College of the University of London, and has served as a consultant to the European Community in relation to research and development. The Professor has served professionally as an editor and on technical panels on research and understanding of rolling bearings, and has published a number of works covering aspects of tribology.