Recognises an outstanding and demonstrated personal contribution to UK engineering, which results in successful market exploitation, by an engineer with less than 22 years in full-time employment or equivalent, who will normally be Chartered. (Any career breaks will be appropriately considered by the Committee.)

Consideration will be given where an equal contribution has been made by more than one person, in which case, a joint award of two medals may be justified.

Nominations that do not win the medal will remain before the Awards Committee for the succeeding two years unless barred by the requisite number of years in full-time employment/equivalent.

2018 winners announced

Press release: Engineering stars win Academy Silver Medals



Billy Boyle

CEO, Owlstone Medial

Billy Boyle has been awarded the Silver Medal for his pioneering
invention of a programmable ‘breathalyser’ for disease. Billy and his team are pioneering the field of breath biomarkers, demonstrating how lives can be saved, patient outcomes improved and treatment costs reduced.

David Silver

Principal Research Scientist, DeepMind

Dr David Silver has been awarded the Silver Medal for his work on reinforcement learning, leading a team to develop AlphaGo. One of the key engineering brains behind the phenomenally successful artificial intelligence company DeepMind. Dr David Silver, Principal Research Scientist at DeepMind, has changed the face of adaptive control through his ground-breaking research.

Professor Constantin Coussios

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford

Professor Constantin Coussios has been awarded the Silver Medal for his work including a ground-breaking method of preserving functioning organs at body temperature.

Rob Bishop and Dr Zehan Wang

Two UK engineers, Rob Bishop and Dr Zehan Wang, who developed a machine learning technology now used by Twitter to help deliver high-quality media to millions of users worldwide received a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in recognition of their work.

Rob and Zehan founded Magic Pony Technology in 2014, working together to develop a system that uses machine learning to enable more efficient delivery of images and videos on mobile devices.


Dr Damian Gardiner

Research Scientist/Business Development Manager, Johnson Matthey

Dr Demis Hassabis

Co-founder and CEO, DeepMind

Professor Tong Sun

Professor of Sensor Engineering, City University London


Dr Susannah Clarke

Co-founder of Embody Orthopaedics and pioneer of new medical techniques using 3D printing

Dr Don Syme

Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, and creator of the F# computer programming language

Dr Andy Ward

Founder and Chief Technology Officer at UbiSense, developing intelligent location systems for smart factories