The award ceremony, which took place on 13 September at the School of Technology and Experimental Sciences at the Universidad Jaime I de Castellón, was led by David Cabedo, Vice Chancellor of Innovation, Transfer and Scientific Dissemination, and accompanied by Bernardo Velázquez Herreros, Chief Executive Officer of Acerinox, Ana Piquer, Director of the School of Technology and Experimental Sciences, and José Antonio Odriozola, Professor at Universidad de Sevilla and Chairman of the jury for the VI Acerinox Prize.
Velázquez presented the award, which includes a €3,000 prize and is open to university students who are carrying out their final bachelor's or master's degree projects related to stainless steel. The aim is to promote awareness of this material and its applications among young architects and engineers across Spain.
Bernardo Velázquez congratulated the winner of the competition and thanked all the participants for their efforts, highlighting the very high level of the projects. The CEO of Acerinox wanted to underline "the importance of collaboration between companies and universities for the progress of our society and as a mechanism to promote new talent. Universities have always been, are and always will be our quarry”.
The promotion of training is strategic for the Company, as is its relationship with universities, with the aim of continuing to make Acerinox "a benchmark employer and our materials, the materials of the future". In fact, throughout the 2021 - 2022 academic year, through CEDINOX, the Association for the Development of Stainless Steel in Spain, 37 free courses in 27 Spanish universities were given, which were attended by 1,375 students and 98 teachers. Attendance at these courses is a prerequisite for participation in the Acerinox awards.