The Award Fund

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The award fund was set up in 1978 in memory of the first Secretary and Director of BMEC, the predecessor organisation of the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI), following his death.  In 1989 the funds were transferred to the Institute of Marine Engineering (now IMarEST) for administration as part of their charitable trust arrangements.

Initially awards were made from the fund for the best paper presented to, or published by, IMarEST by a member or non-member, of any nationality, on the research and/or development of some aspect of marine equipment and its market potential.  

In 2007 the SMI Board decided to change the format and created two new awards to reflect the broader scope of those sectors represented by SMI's membership and these are:


The Donald Maxwell Student Award

SMI Marine Science & Technology Business Person of the Year