Established in 1979 honoring Neal Rice, a founder of the IBA and its Secretary-Treasurer from 1949 to 1977, this award is given to the author of the paper judged to have the most excellent technical content and presentation at each biennial conference.
2013: Darrell Taulbee, University of Kentucky, for “Drying and Agglomerating of High Moisture Coal and Coal Fines.”
2011: Greg Mehos, Cabot Corporation, for “Improving the Flowability of Solids by Agglomeration” 32nd IBA Biennial Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2011.
2007 : Dr. Seiichi Yamamoto, Kobe Steel Ltd, for “Development of Upgraded Brown Coal Process”, 30th IBA Biennial Conference, Savannah, Georgia, 2007
2005 : Bill Callaghan, Continental Products Corporation, for “Exploring the Versatility of “Free-Fall Processing””, 29th IBA Biennial Conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida, 2005.
2003 : Antonios Zavaliangos, Drexel University, for “Multiparticle Simulation of Powder Compaction with Finite Element Discretization at the Particle Level,” 28th IBA Biennial Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003
2001 : Carolyn Sturgess, Ph.D., Alberta Research Council, for “ The Development of Agglomerated Elemental Sulphur Fertilizers,” 27th IBA Biennial Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, 2001
2001 : Dr. Ing. C. Pretorius and Peter M. Koenig, Hosokawa Bepex, for “Low Pressure Extrusion and Spheronization,” 26th IBA Biennial Conference, San Diego, California, 1999
1999 : Paul Language, Billiton Process Research, for “A Method of Producing Sodium Silicate in situ, for Bonding Chromite Briquettes,” 25th IBA Biennial Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, 1997
1997 : Dr. Ronald W. Miller, Bristol-Myers Squibb, for “Vacuum Deaeration Advances Pharmaceutical Roller Compaction Technology,” 24th IBA Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1995
1995 : Dr. Harald Gunter, Brennstoffinstitut Freiberg, for “The Application of Waster Paper as a Binder in Pressure Agglomeration,” 23rd IBA Biennial Conference, Seattle, Washington, 1993
1993 : David Bigio, M.D. Applebaum, William Baim and Kai Wang, Polymer Processing Laboratory, University of Maryland, for “Specific Throughputs as an Operating Parameter for Mixing,” 22nd IBA Biennial Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 1991
1991 : Dr. Roman Dec and Richard Komarek, K.R. Komarek Briquetting Research, Inc., for “Computer Aided Design of Roll Type Briquetters and Compactors,” 21st IBA Biennial Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1989
1989 : Dr. J.R. Johanson and Brian D. Cox, Johanson Inc., for “Fluid Entrainment Effects in Roll Pressing Compaction, “ 20th IBA Biennial Conference, Orlando, Florida, 1987
1987 : Derek R. Augood, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, Pleasanton, California for “An Agglomeration Exercise,” 19th IBA Biennial Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 1985
1985 : Eric W. Blaustein for “Development of a Workable Lignite Pelletizing Process,” 18th IBA Biennial Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1983
1983 : R. K. Oberlander for “The Extrusion of High Surface Area Aluminas for Use as Catalysts,” 17th IBA Biennial Conference, Reno, Nevada, 1981
1981 : M. Adnan Goksel and Laszlo Valentyik for “Production and Evaluation of Lignite Pellets,” 16th IBA Biennial Conference, San Diego, California, 1979
1979 : Robert M. Koerner and Arthur E. Lord for “Strength Behavior of Briquets as Determined by Acoustic Emission,” 15th IBA Biennial Conference, Montreal, Canada, 1977