In 2022, the IWMA scientific council had the pleasure to evaluate four master theses dealing with water mist - all of them on a very high level which made the decision difficult.
Between the end of April and the end of June, council chairman Hong-Zeng Yu (FM Global) and his colleagues first read all submitted summaries and the three most promising theses. They now have published their decision and declared Haydn Lewis the winner of the 2022 IWMA Young Talent Award / Master!
Haydn Lewis completed his master thesis towards the end of 2020. Under the given circumstance, i.e. that there was no conference in 2020, thus no opportunity to apply for the award, his thesis was also accepted. Haydn graduated from Lund University, Division of Fire Safety Engineering and was supervised by Dr. Nils Johansson. The title of his thesis is: “Factors influencing the generation of carbon monoxide in fires partially suppressed through water mist application”.
Haydn's response: "It is an honour to have received this recognition for my thesis. Firstly, I would like to thank the IWMA's scientific council for their efforts in reviewing and adjudicating the works of the finalists, all of which sound very interesting. I would also like to thank my supervisor Dr. Nils Johansson for his interest and encouragement to translate my rough concept into a formal research project. I look forward to discussions with you all in Madrid this November."
Haydn Lewis has now been invited to the 21st International Water Mist Conference which will take place in Madrid on 9th and 10th November 2022. Having been given a speaker slot, he will get the opportunity to introduce his thesis to a wider audience.
In 2023, the IWMA Young Talent Award will go to the author of the best Ph.D. thesis. The details of how and when to apply will be published shortly.