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UCLan Honorary Fellow recognised for engineering excellence

10 October 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Dr Peter Jost honoured by Royal Academy of Engineering  

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Honorary Fellow and pioneering engineer Dr Peter Jost is to be honoured with one of the Royal Academy of Engineering's top accolades - the Sustained Achievement Award.

Dr Jost is being recognised for his vision and achievements in tribology, the science and engineering of interacting moving surfaces. What might appear to be mundane issues of friction and lubrication are now understood to have applications way beyond engineering, from medicine and dentistry to nanotechnology.

 

“I am proud to be only the ninth recipient of this honour since its inception, looking upon it as a manifestation that the Academy is a forward looking body in our rapidly changing world."

He will receive the award on 29 October at the Academy's annual Hinton Lecture.

Tribology is central to managing the costly effects of friction and wear, as confirmed by separate surveys done in Germany, the USA, Canada, China, the UK and Japan. Each country concluded that investing in tribology could save up to 1.4% of GDP.

Dr Jost commented: "In an age in which new technologies are cascading upon us at an increasing pace, recognition of the effects of multidisciplinary generic technologies, such as tribology, is essential to evolve sound policies for tomorrow's engineering.

“I am proud to be only the ninth recipient of this honour since its inception, looking upon it as a manifestation that the Academy is a forward looking body in our rapidly changing world."

 

“The International Tribology Council was established with Peter Jost as President (a position he still holds today) 40 years ago last month, so this award is a very timely recognition of his contribution.”

UCLan’s tribology institute is named after Dr Peter Jost. The Jost Institute for Tribotechnology was established to provide a centre of excellence of international standing for industrially relevant research, teaching and knowledge transfer within the area of tribotechnology.

Ian Sherrington, Professor of tribotechnology and director of the Jost Institute in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, said: “I was absolutely delighted to learn that Peter Jost had received the Sustained Achievement Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

“Peter has made a huge commitment to promoting the economic and environmental benefits of controlling friction and reducing wear, co-ordinating the national and international efforts of engineers and scientists to: promote good practice, develop research and grow education in the subject of tribology.

“The International Tribology Council was established with Peter Jost as President (a position he still holds today) 40 years ago last month, so this award is a very timely recognition of his contribution.”