GS Vice President Erik Muijsenberg honored to receive the 2023 W.E.S. Turner Award
November 17, 2023
Erik Muijsenberg was honored to receive the prestigious 2023 W.E.S. Turner Award
from the International Commission on Glass (ICG) during the award opening ceremony at the ICG Annual Meeting in Hangzhou, China.
Erik earned this esteemed recognition for his significant contributions to the development and widespread acceptance of furnace simulation tools. His long-term commitment to ICG Technical Committee 21 & 18, specifically focusing on “Furnace Design & Operation,” where he served as Chairman and Vice Chairman, played a pivotal role in his achievement. Erik actively promoted TC21 in conferences worldwide and organized special events, including the well-known Glass Service Seminar on Furnace Design & Simulation.
His journey began in 1989 at the TNO Glass Research Institute in the Netherlands, where Erik introduced advanced simulation models by simultaneously simulating the combustion space and glass space. Since 1998, he continued these efforts under the Glass Service umbrella. Thanks to Erik’s dedication, these simulation tools are now widely accepted and utilized by the global glass industry.
Today it would not have been possible to study and develop decarbonized glass melting such as heavily electric boosted, hybrid or large electric melters. The leading Glass Service Glass Furnace Model (GS GFM) stands as a crucial component in the ongoing decarbonization efforts of the glass industry.
Erik’s excellence in the field was previously acknowledged with the Otto Schott Award in 1997 (shared with three former TNO colleagues) and the Adolf Dietzel Industry Award in 2012 from the German Glass Society.
Since 2016, he has been an active member of the ICG Steering Committee. In 2017, he joined the Phoenix Award Committee and, as of October 2023, serves as its Chairman.
Additionally, in 2023, Erik was honored with the NL Varshneya Memorial Award in Cambridge, UK.
The W.E.S. Turner Award, initiated in 2002, aims to recognize individuals for their valuable contributions to the Technical Committees of the ICG.
ICG Annual Meeting | Hangzhou, China
12 – 15 November, 2023