Nominations are now being welcomed for the new RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year awards, an open competition for UK engineers who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their careers.

Awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, five prizes of £3,000 will be presented to early career engineers whose achievements are recognised as outstanding in their field. Nominations are open to engineers in full time higher education, research or industrial employment from any engineering discipline, who graduated from their first engineering degree within the last ten years.

In addition to the prize money and a certificate, one of the five winners will also be selected to receive the Academy’s highly acclaimed Sir George Macfarlane Medal. The separate prize will be awarded to the winner who, in the view of the Academy’s Awards Committee, has most demonstrated outstanding leadership or technical attainment in their place of work.

Last year’s Sir George Macfarlane Medal was won by Dr Matthew Cole of the University of Cambridge, who has published extensively on the use of carbon nanotubes as field emission sources. Dr Cole applied the knowledge gained from his research to co-found a start-up company that develops state-of-the-art X-ray emitters, which can be used in border control and medical diagnostics.

Announcing the new RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year awards, Nigel Perry FREng, Chair of the Academy Awards Committee, said: “We want to celebrate the many talented young engineers who are already demonstrating the hallmarks of being world leaders in the profession. I look forward to seeing nominations from across the diverse field of UK engineering.”

John Robinson CBE FREng, from the Worshipful Company of Engineers, said: “Our charity, the Engineers Trust, supports both excellence and emerging talent in engineering. These awards will recognise some of the potential influencers of the future in our rapidly changing profession.”

Nominations for the prize should be made through the Royal Academy of Engineering website by 17 February 2016. The winners of the RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year awards, and the overall winner of the Sir George Macfarlane Medal, will be announced at the Academy’s annual Awards Dinner in June.

RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year - nomination form

Notes for editors

  1. RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year. With the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, the Royal Academy of Engineering is making five awards of £3,000 each year to UK engineers in full time higher education, research or industrial employment, who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their career (defined as less than ten years since graduation from their first degree in engineering). There is no restriction on the discipline base of the individual nominated.
  2. Sir George Macfarlane Medal. The Award is in memory of Sir George Macfarlane (1916-2007), one of the founding Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Medal will be presented to the overall winner of the RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year awardees, as selected by the Academy’s Awards Committee.
  3. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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