The institute promotes and develops all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy. It is the professional body for the international materials, minerals and mining community. Previous winners of the award include legendary J R D Tata (1986), Stuart Pettifor (formerly COO of Corus, 2005), Sir Brian Moffat (formerly Chairman of British Steel, 1996) and Lakshmi Mittal (President and CEO, ArcelorMittal, 2007).
Dr Mukherjee joined Tata Steel in 1971. He is currently responsible for Integration, R&D and Technology of the plant.