The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering this week announced the winner of its competition to design the trophy for the international award. Following an overwhelming response from young people across the UK, 17 year-old Jennifer Leggett from Sevenoaks in Kent was named the winner at a special event at the Science Museum in London on Wednesday evening where she was presented with a £5000 prize.

Her design was selected from a shortlist by a prestigious judging panel that included Science Museum director and Chair of judges, Ian Blatchford; architect Dame Zaha Hadid; Director of the Tate, Sir Nicholas Serota; Design Museum director, Deyan Sudjic; and Engineer, Yewande Akinola.

Jennifer is one of ten young designers, all aged between 16 and 22, who were selected as finalists for the prize. She is currently studying for her A-Levels and says her tree-like trophy design is meant to symbolise the growth of engineering and represents the way in which all areas of engineering are interlinked.

After receiving the award, Jennifer said “It’s amazing to have won this competition. It’s been incredible to see how all the shortlisted designs each managed to show the connection between engineering and art whilst all being so different.”

A link to Jennifer’s design can be found on our YouTube channel:

Photos of her with the judges and a 3D printed prototype of her trophy can be downloaded from our flicr channel:

Chairman of the QE Prize Trustees, Lord Browne of Madingley said, “I am delighted that so many young people were inspired by this unique challenge. The winning design captures the essential relationship between engineering and the natural world and is a fitting symbol for the Queen Elizabeth Prize”.

Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum and former deputy director of the V&A, said “We set a challenge for young people to come up with an iconic trophy design that best embodies the wonder of modern engineering and reflects the merging worlds of science, art, design and engineering. Jennifer has shown real imagination and talent – all the judges were enormously impressed with her design.”

Notes for editors

  1. To watch a video featuring the finalists and their designs, please visit:
  2. About the competition: 16 to 24 year olds were invited to submit a design that represents the wonder of modern engineering. Anyone in that age group could enter, and particular interest was expected from those studying or working in art, design, fashion and technology, as well as those studying or working in engineering. The winning entry should reflect the creativity, power and importance of engineering in the world today. Using the latest programming and design technology a unique digital application was developed to allow entrants to create and ‘build’ their designs in a 3D online environment.

    The 10 finalists were:
    Alexander Goff, from Exeter
    Stephen Halbert, from Cardiff
    Josh Hyder, from Slough
    Dominic Jacklin, from Colchester
    Michael Lavelle, from Ipswich
    Jennifer Leggett, from Tonbridge
    Christopher McGovern, from Kingston-upon-Thames
    Gemma Pollock, from Wakefield
    Timothy Irvine, from Lisburn
    Dominic Rowland, from Oxford
  3. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) is a new £1million global engineering prize, launched in 2012, that will reward and celebrate an individual (or up to three people) responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity. The first winner will be announced in March 2013 and will receive the prize from the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. For more information about the QEPrize visit:
  4. Donors supporting the Queen Elizabeth Prize Foundation: An initial endowment has been established with support from the following companies: BAE Systems, BG Group, BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Shell, Siemens, Sony, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel and Toshiba.
  5. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes engineering and the 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.

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