Institution of Engineering and Technology names 2013 Achievement Award winners

The Institution of Engineering and Technology has announced the winners of its prestigious Achievement Awards. Those honoured are some of the world’s top engineering minds and talent, who have pioneered a range of engineering innovations from quantum systems that create faster and more secure computers to an artificial pancreas to tackle diabetes.

The IET Achievement Awards recognise individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of science, engineering and technology in any sector, either through research and development in their respective technical field or through their leadership of an enterprise.

This year’s winners include the Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics at University College London, the Group Managing Director of Programmes & Support for BAE Systems, the Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s Register Group and the first Candian commander of the John H. Chapman Space Centre, Canada (full list of winners can be found below):

Professor Sir Michael Pepper is the Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics and will be awarded the Faraday Medal, the IET’s most prestigious prize. Building on his use of devices for investigating electron transport in disordered systems, he pioneered the physics of semiconductor nanostructures introducing techniques now used worldwide in proposed quantum information systems. He is the founding Managing Director of Toshiba Research Europe. He also co-founded the company TeraView which uses semiconductor devices to generate terahertz radiation and has pioneered new, unsuspected, applications of the radiation in medicine, security and industrial process control.

Mr Nigel Whitehead is the Group Managing Director of Programmes & Support for BAE Systems and will be receiving the Sir Eric Mensforth International Manufacturing Gold Medal. In his role at BAE Systems, he is responsible for some of the UK’s largest engineering, manufacturing and support services projects. Most recently, he has spearheaded a project to make pilot free airplanes a viable option for the Ministry of Defence. Amongst other public service, Nigel is a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Mr Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s Register Group will be awarded the Coales Medal for Transport. Richard Sadler possesses strategic and operational expertise in transportation and energy risk and safety management. He has expanded the company's scope and positioned it firmly as the world leader in its field. He has also devoted significant personal time to promoting engineering as a profession to young people and led the formation of new Lloyds Register Global Technology Centres at Southampton and Singapore Universities. He is also an influential advocate to Government on how to build UK engineering capability.

Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control winner Chris Hadfield in the ISS

Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control winner Chris Hadfield in the ISS

Mr Christopher Hadfield, formerly of the John H. Chapman Space Centre in Quebec, Canada will be awarded the Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control. As the first Canadian commander of the International Space station, he became world famous for his newscasts which included many lectures and demonstrations designed especially for children (he once had a junior audience of over one million). Before his aerospace activities, Hadfield had a successful military career, reaching the top levels of recognition for his aeronautic skills. Hadfield has done much to popularise engineering and science, especially during his stint as space station commander.

Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the IET said: “The Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Awards recognise individuals who have made a truly outstanding contribution to engineering, from talented young professionals through to engineers at the pinnacle of their careers. The IET is passionate about promoting engineering excellence and the Achievement Awards showcase some of the world’s best engineering talent. The winners should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

The winners, who were selected from a line-up of leading engineers by a panel of expert judges, will now be invited to collect their awards at a prestigious awards ceremony on 20 November.

The winners of the different IET Achievement Awards are as follows:

• The Faraday Medal – Professor Sir Michael Pepper, Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics at University College London

• The Mountbatten Medal – Dr Ian Nussey OBE – University Relations at IBM

• Sir Eric Mensforth International Manufacturing Gold Medal – Mr Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems Group Managing Director of Programmes & Support

• Ambrose Fleming Medal for Information and Communications – Professor Barry Evans, Centre for Communication Systems Research, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey

• Coales Medal for Transport – Mr Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s Register Group

• Crompton Medal for Energy – Professor Graham Trevor Reed from Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton

• J J Thomson Medal for Electronics – Dr David F Welch, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Board, Infinera

• Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control – Mr Christopher Hadfield, formerly of John H. Chapman Space Centre, Quebec, Canada

• Sir Monty Finniston Award for Achievement in any field of Engineering and Technology – Professor Christopher James, Institute of Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick

• Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for Design & Production – Professor Richard Wilding OBE, Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain Management Building, Cranfield School of Management

• Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award for Young Professionals – Dr Pantelis Georgiou MIET, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London

• Sir Henry Royce Medal for Young Professionals – Dr Yvonne Hübner MIET, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University

• Paul Fletcher Award – Mr Robert Edmunds MIET, Test Solutions Team Leader, Selex ES and Ms Alyssa Randall MIET, Research and Development Engineer, Baylis Medical, Toronto, Canada

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