Could your engineering innovation change the world? The Royal Academy of Engineering is looking for contenders for the MacRobert Award 2005, worth £50,000 tax-free to the winner, plus the solid gold MacRobert Award Medal. The closing date for entries is 31 January 2005.

Now in its 36th year, the MacRobert Award is Britain’s biggest award for innovation in engineering. Open to individuals or teams of up to five people from any size of company who have exploited a major engineering breakthrough, the winner will be announced at the Academy’s Awards Dinner in London in June 2005.

We welcome entries from any field of engineering or technology as long as they are innovative, commercially successful and benefit society. A team of engineers at IBM UK won the 2004 MacRobert Award for innovation in engineering for its WebSphere MQ family of software products, which has helped businesses save billions of dollars by providing a failsafe means of exchanging business-critical information between computer systems, irrespective of their location and regardless of whatever hardware, programming language, operating system or communication protocol they use.

“We are delighted that the IBM WebSphere software family has been honoured with this prestigious award by the Royal Academy of Engineering,” says Graham Spittle, Hursley Laboratory Director and IBM’s Vice President, Business Integration Development. “WebSphere MQ is one of the most important and successful distributed system technologies in the industry today, and we are proud that this achievement was initiated by a UK team.”

Notes for editors

  1. IBM beat off stiff competition from Pilkington’s self-cleaning windows, Sharp’s 3D displays and Delphi Diesel’s emission-busting injection systems to win the 2004 MacRobert Award.
  2. First presented in 1969, the MacRobert Award honours the winning company with a gold medal and up to five team members with a tax-free prize of £50,000 between them. HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, Senior Fellow of the Academy, takes a close interest in the MacRobert Award and has presented it almost every year since it was created.
  3. Founded by the MacRobert Trusts, the Award is now presented by the Academy after a prize fund was established with donations from the MacRobert Trusts, the Academy and British industry.
  4. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering