Professor Mike Webster 1953-2018

The INNFM records with deep sadness the death of Mike Webster, Professor of Engineering at Swansea University and Secretary of the Institute. Mike lived and breathed computational rheology, made a significant contribution to the rheological community, and was a dear friend and a trusted and sincere colleague. An obituary will be published in JNNFM.

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Annual Lecture 2018

The 2018 Annual Lecture and AGM of the Institute of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics was held on July 10th at Swansea University’s Bay Campus. The Institute and Swansea University welcomed Prof. Gareth McKinley, MIT, as guest speaker. Gareth gave a very interesting lecture entitled “Optimal Fourier Transform Rheology for Probing The Linear Viscoelasticity of Gels and Time-Evolving Soft Materials” in which he described the use of Optimally Windowed Chirp waveforms in performing linear viscoelastic characterisation of transient materials. The work was enthusiastically received by a diverse audience and, as usual, seeded many discussions.

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Prior to the lecture, Prof. Richard Davies (Vice Chancellor of Swansea University) conferred an Honorary Chair in Complex Fluids & Rheology on Prof. McKinley.

New Associate Members

The Institute welcomed three new associate members at our 2017 AGM. Congratulations to Raph Colby (Penn State), Fernando Pinho (Porto) and Esteban Lopez-Aguilar (Mexico). A full list of Associate Members is available here.

President of the British Society of Rheology

We congratulate Tim Phillips on his appointment as President of the British Society of Rheology. Tim is the Institute's Treasurer and has been a long time member of the BSR Council. 

The Walters Prize

To celebrate 40 years of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, publishers Elsevier have inaugarated a new prize, the Walters Prize for the best paper published in the Journal each year. Ken Walters was, of course, the first editor of the journal and was present in Copenhagen to present the prize to the winners - Jennifer Staton, Stephanie Dungan and Ronald Phiilips for the work on Topological Transitions in Unconfined Vibrated Concentrated Suspensions Volume 229, pages 79-85.

SOR Fellowship

Congratulations are due to Ken Walters on being elected as a Fellow of the Society of Rheology. He was inducted into the Fellowship at the Society's meeting in October.