The Royal Academy of Engineering is to award its coveted silver President’s Medal to the man behind the iPOD, Jonathan Ive.

Jonathan Ive is Vice-President of Industrial Design at Apple, designer of the iMAC and more recently, the omni-present iPOD. He matches style with function, employing superb design to deliver products that are both sophisticated and rewarding to use.

He is being awarded the medal to recognising his outstanding achievements in engineering design and in particular in the design of the iPod, which represents the very best of human interface engineering.

Not only has the iPod become the must-have music tool for pop consumers, it has recently been reported as being employed as an educational tool in schools. Some teachers apparently claim that the technology improves the learning ability of pupils, helping the pupils to develop their speaking, listening, computing and citizenship skills.

One of the Academy’s highest accolades, the last President’s Medal was awarded in 2004 and prior to that, in 2000.

Alan Hely, European Corporate Communications Director, Apple Computer Inc, will receive the gold medal on his behalf from Academy President Sir Alec Broers on Thursday 2 June at the Academy’s Awards Dinner in London.

Notes for editors

  1. The President’s Medal is awarded no more than once a year to an individual or organisation who has contributed significantly to the Academy’s aims through "initiative in promoting engineering excellence" but is not eligible for election to the Academy.
  2. 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

Dr Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering