Recipients

2017

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.

Silver Medal award 2017 - news release

2016

Dr Damian Gardiner

Research Scientist/Business Development Manager, Johnson Matthey

Dr Damian Gardiner is taking the world of product authentication by storm, with his Cambridge University start-up company ilumink Limited acquired by Johnson Matthey’s Process Technologies Division in 2015. They were keen to adopt his unique method of printing ‘liquid crystal’ material onto any surface using an ink-jet printer. This method is secure, economical and ideal for security-tagging products, from cosmetics and perfumes to drugs and banknotes.

Dr Demis Hassabis

Co-founder and CEO, DeepMind

Dr Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO of Google’s DeepMind subsidiary, is recognised for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence following a number of breakthroughs for DeepMind, which was founded in 2010 and acquired by Google in 2014. Notably, the organisation’s AlphaGo project this year successfully beat the world’s number one Go player, in a contest in Seoul, watched online by 280 million viewers, and long seen as a grand challenge of AI research.

Professor Tong Sun

Professor of Sensor Engineering, City University London

Professor Tong Sun is an international leader in the use of optical fibre sensors to monitor sensitive equipment, particularly in extreme conditions. Currently Director of the Photonics and Instrumentation Research Centre at City University London, she was the first female Professor to be appointed at the university’s School of Engineering (as it then was) in its 100-year history. Originally from China, she came to London as a postdoctoral researcher in 1996 and, having spent a year at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has carved her reputation ever since.

Silver Medal award 2016 - news release

2015

Dr Susannah Clarke

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

Dr Susannah Clarke is Founder and Director of Embody Orthopaedic, a spinout from Imperial College London, which is pioneering a new type of 3D printed technology to revolutionise joint replacements. Susannah came up with the idea of using a 3D printer to make fully customisable surgical instruments at the click of a button when she was completing a PhD in orthopaedics at Imperial College London and studying the ways that hip implants fail due to being poorly positioned in patients. Susannah set up Embody Orthopaedic to develop surgical instruments tailored to the individual patient in 2012.

Dr Don Syme

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

Dr Don Syme is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, where he works to improve the tools available to programmers worldwide, helping them create the building blocks of the virtual world more effectively. Don joined Microsoft Research in the late 1990s, and has since achieved repeated success in bringing improvements in programming languages to millions of developers. His designs and implementations are essential knowledge for a generation of enterprise programmers, and the applications which use them have reached billions of users via desktop applications, mobile apps and web sites alike.

Dr Andy Ward

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

Dr Andy Ward is the inventor of an indoor location system now making car factories smart.Inspired by the different uses that RADAR was put to after World War II and the unreliability of GPS indoors, Andy was an early proponent of ultra wide band (UWB) radio for accurate in-building positioning. Andy co-founded Ubisense, a location intelligence provider, in 2002 to develop a solution that could track individual items in a factory and automate the processes between them.

Silver Medal award 2015 - news release