The Awards evening was sponsored by BAE Systems, BP, E.ON, Microsoft, NationalGrid and Rolls-Royce.
The Royal Academy of Engineering, which promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country, will recognise the achievements of the UK’s finest engineers at the 2007 Academy Awards at Christ Church, Spitalfields on Tuesday 5 June.
This year’s awards hosted by ITV newsreader Alastair Stewart, OBE will celebrate innovation in engineering and how this transcends to commercial success for the UK economy and in solving critical problems of the day.
The ultimate award of the evening, presented by HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, is the MacRobert Award - the UK’s most prestigious prize for innovation in engineering. It is awarded annually for the demonstration of engineering excellence and innovation with proven commercial outcomes and benefits to the community. Four finalists are in contention for this coveted £50,000 prize and Gold Medal:
Intelligent Orthopaedics Ltd
This company’s first product, STORM, is a re-usable surgical device employed in the operating theatre to help surgeons reduce fractures throughout the human tibia. The simplicity of the design is universally recognised by the surgical community as being an elegant innovation in the treatment of unstable fractures.
Process Systems Enterprise Ltd
This company’s gPROMS advanced mathematical modelling software supports innovation in design and operation of processes and products across the whole range of the process industries, from oil and gas to new energy technologies and pharmaceuticals.
Roger Bullivant Limited
Next to fire and flood, subsidence is the homeowners’ worst fear. Roger Bullivant identified the need for a guaranteed foundation which would reassure the householder that their property is as solid as a rock. The company has been nominated for the SystemFirst Foundations Solution that utilises a steel beam in place of pre-cast concrete and requires no trench excavation, with components manufactured off-site.
An engineering constraint of the past 50 years in computing has been that software applications need to be re-written for each different hardware system that needs to run them. Transitive’s QuickTransit product allows software applications to run on different central processing units (CPU).
The Academy will also honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of engineering with the announcement of the Public Promotion of Engineering Medal, the ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award, the Royal Academy of Engineering/Nexia Solutions Education Innovation Prize and The Silver Medals. There will also be a section in the event’s proceedings dedicated to young engineers who have made a significant contribution to the industry.
Academy President Lord Browne of Madingley comments, “Engineering is a rare academic discipline and profession because it empowers people to make a difference. Many people dream of changing the world. Engineers actually do so.”
Notes for editors
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.
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