Nominations have opened today to be considered for the £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Announced by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and launched on 17th November 2011 it ‘…is a global prize recognising and celebrating outstanding advances in engineering that have changed the world’.

The prize will be awarded by trustees on the recommendation of an independent panel of judges to ‘…reward an outstanding engineering-led advance that has produced tangible and widespread public benefit’.

More information on the prize can be found at and nominations can be accepted from the public, engineering and science academies, research organisations as well as companies from around the world.

The prize will be awarded biennially (every two years) and aims to become as prestigious as the Nobel prizes.

The panel of judges are as follows:

  • Prof Frances Arnold, Chemical Engineer, Professor at Caltech, USA
  • Lord Alec Broers FREng Hon FMedSci FRS (Chair), Electrical Engineer. Past President, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK
  • Prof Brian Cox OBE, Particle Physicist. Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Manchester, UK
  • Prof Lynn Gladden, CBE FREng FRS Chemical Engineer. Professor at University of Cambridge, UK
  • Diane Greene, Director of Intuit, Director of Google, USA
  • Prof John Hennessy, Electrical Engineer. President, Stanford University, USA
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Reinhard Hüttl, President, acatech, Germany
  • Prof Calestous Juma, HonFREng FRS, Professor of International Development and Director of Science, Tech and Globalisation Project, Harvard University, USA
  • Prof Hiroshi Komiyama, Chemical Engineer President Engineering Academy of Japan
  • Nathan Mhyrvold, Co-founder, Intellectual Ventures, USA
  • Narayana Murthy, Electronic Engineer. Founder, Infosys, India
  • Prof Choon Fong Shih, Mechanical Engineer. President, King Abdullah
  • University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr Charles Vest FREng Mechanical Engineer. President, National Academy of Engineering, USA
  • Paul Westbury FREng, Civil Engineer. CEO, Buro Happold, UK

Chair of the Judging Panel, Lord Alec Broers, said “We have been fortunate in being able to draw together from around the world an amazingly distinguished group of panellists to judge this uniquely important prize, all of them household names in the world of engineering and science, and many of them leaders of internationally pre-eminent institutions and Academies.”

The chairman of the independent charitable trust that holds the endowment fund, Lord Browne of Madingley FREng FRS, said “This is a wonderful opportunity for engineers everywhere to show the world their work and have it honoured on an international platform. To simply be nominated for this award would be an achievement in itself but to win it would be to write your name in the annals of engineering history.”

A supporting message from HM the Queen said:

Over the past 60 years, I have had the privilege of seeing how engineering developments can make a profound impact on people’s lives. I am delighted to lend my support to this prize and I hope that it inspires many more people across the globe to develop life changing engineering creations in the years to come.

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