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Brazilian Professor Mariliz Gutterres Soares has been recognised by the Executive Committee of IULTCS, the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies, as the 2017 winner of the IULTCS Merit Award for Excellence in the Leather Industry.
Currently the Head of the Laboratory for Leather and Environment Studies (LACOURO) at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, Professor Gutterres has contributed to the leather sector with her technical and scientific knowledge for over 30 years.
She graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1984 and, parallel to several years of practical work in tanneries, completed a Master’s degree in Material Engineering at UFRGS in 1996. In 2001, she was awarded a PhD at the TU Bergakademie and FILK in Freiberg, Germany.
Most of her project work has been dedicated to leather process technology and environmental process improvements. She has published several publications and has contributed at conferences worldwide. Professor Gutterres is author of 94 papers in scientific journals, the majority of which are related to leather topics.
She joins an exclusive list of six previous winners of the Merit Award. The IULTCS Award was established in 2005 and has been described by a previous winner as the “Nobel Prize” for the leather industry.
The ceremony recognising Professor Gutterres will take place during the upcoming biennial IULTCS World Congress in Chennai, India, on February 5-8, 2017.