Peter Price, one of Rolls-Royce’s top engineers, is to receive The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal for his outstanding contribution to British engineering and commercial development. Recently appointed Director of Engineering and Technology for the company’s Civil Aerospace sector, he is now responsible for technical leadership of civil engine research and project programmes such as the Trent 1000 engine for the new Boeing 787.

Until this year Peter was the senior engineer within the company’s Defence Aerospace business, leading the engineering effort on a wide range of military engine products, including propulsion programmes for the world’s largest fighter programme, the Joint Strike Fighter.

Mr Price will receive his Silver Medal, which is only awarded to engineers aged under 50, at the Academy’s Awards Dinner in London on Thursday 2 June 2005.

“Peter has had a pivotal role in leading the company’s strategy for future defence air vehicle power systems,” says Dr Michael Howse OBE FREng, Director of Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce plc. “The demands of research and technology and of the changing military scene are considerable – the LiftSystem™ for the Joint Strike Fighter is one of the most challenging defence programmes Rolls-Royce has ever undertaken. Peter has an impressive track record of incorporating advanced technology into marketable products and now he will play a leading role in the evolution of our civil aerospace products and aftermarket strategies.”

Mr Price joined Rolls-Royce as a graduate trainee in 1980. He progressed quickly to become Chief Engineer for the Pegasus engines family and A/STOVL (advanced short take-off, vertical landing) propulsion, forerunner of the Joint Strike Fighter LiftSystem™. He also led the project to make major changes to the Adour engine for later Hawk trainer models. During 2003 he successfully led the Rolls-Royce engineering efforts to secure the four-nation collaborative Europrop International Gmbh TP400-D6 turboprop as the power plant for the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft. This all-new engine will be the most powerful turboprop in the Western World.

As Director of Engineering – Defence Aerospace, Mr Price led Rolls-Royce’s technical contribution on two of the world’s largest combat programmes. As Chairman of the EUROJET partnership technical directors’ group, he brought the EJ200, one of the world’s most advanced combat engines, through certification ready to power the Eurofighter Typhoon, now entering service in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. Rolls-Royce has been involved in the development of propulsion technology for the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35, since its inception in 1996, working closely with Lockheed Martin, Pratt and Whitney and General Electric.

Peter said: “Personally and professionally I am very, very chuffed with this award. I regard it as an honour and recognition not just for me personally, but for all the great colleagues I have worked with and who have supported me, past and present. It will also be an excellent way of proving to my family what I really do!”

Notes for editors

  1. The Academy’s Silver Medals, instigated in 1995, are awarded annually to engineers aged 50 or under who have made outstanding contributions to British engineering. Only four awards may be made each year.
  2. This year’s other Silver Medals go to: Simon Brueckheimer – Consultant Architect at Nortel Networks, Barry Trimmer - Research Technology and Engineering Director of Thales UK’s aerospace business, and Nigel Schofield – Technical Manager Core Technology at BOC Edwards.
  3. 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

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
or Gary Atkins at Rolls-Royce plc tel. +44 (0)1332 248389