Professor Stephen Liu – Director (MME) in Colorado School of Mines has been selected for the Halil Kaya Gedik Award. Given annually by the Turkish delegation of the International Institute of Welding, the award is conferred upon a scientist or engineer “who has made outstanding contributions to welding science and technology.” Liu has received his award in 28 June, during the IIW’s Opening Ceremony of Annual Assembly and International Conference in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to a trophy and certificate, the award also includes a seven-day trip to Istanbul, to visit Istanbul Gedik University.

Within the whole IIW history; Halil Kaya Gedik Award is the first international prize awarded by Turkey in the fields of welding science and technology.

The Halil Kaya Gedik Award is awarded annually by the International Institute of Welding, sponsored by Gedik Educational Foundation and Gedik University.

In 2013 Japanese scholar Hideyuki Yamamoto and in 2014 Lars Johansson – The Deputy Chief Executive of Swedish Welding Commission were awarded by delegation.