The Royal Academy of Engineering and the US National Academy of Engineering are proud to announce that Paul Clarkson from Rolls-Royce (UK) and Katie Speights from the University of Texas at Austin (US) are the winners of the Global Grand Challenges Summit short film competition with their films entitled The Promise of Engineering and The Water Energy Nexus.

In conjunction with the Summit – the first of its kind – to be held in London on 12 and 13 March, a short film competition was set up in the UK and the US that challenged creative 18-27 year olds to produce a film no longer than two minutes. The brief was to highlight the importance of engineering, and how engineers can tackle global challenges in any one of the following areas underlined at the summit: sustainability, enriching life, growth, resilience and health.

Entrants were free to choose any production technique and genre of film-making, which resulted in a diverse collection of films that showcased a lot of talent and an array of different interpretations of engineering themes.

The winning films, along with a selection of commended films are available to view on RAEng.TV:
GGCS Film Competition

Anji Hunter, Director of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, and one of the judges of the competition says:

“I loved judging these films. They showed such diversity of creative thinking and execution – like engineering itself! It was really difficult to decide and I congratulate all the great entrants.”

Dr Charles Elachi, Director of NASA 's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will announce Paul and Katie as the film competition winners on Tuesday 12 March at the summit. He says:

“Inspiring young people to take up engineering as a career is absolutely crucial and this competition has provided an exciting opportunity for them to apply their talent for film-making to some of the most fascinating and pressing issues facing engineers today. The films they have produced are thought-provoking and enriching.”

Notes for editors

  1. The Global Grand Challenges Summit is taking place on 12 and 13 March 2013 at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London.

    Further information on the event and the latest programme is available:
    GGCS Programme (5.42 MB)

    Registration is now closed.

    Keep up to date with developments via twitter @GGCSLondon and #GGCS2013
  2. The summit is the first of a series of global summits resulting from collaboration between the Royal Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Engineering in the US, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The academies are organising this event in partnership with Lockheed Martin, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
  3. The competition judges were:

    UK Judges: Kate Bellingham (Broadcaster), Jamie Gallagher (PhD student and Science and Engineering Communicator), Roger Highfield (Director of External Affairs, Science Museum Group), Anji Hunter (Director, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering), Ian Ritchie (Chair, Iomart plc), Sir William Wakeham FREng (Senior Vice President, Royal Academy of Engineering), William Webb (CTO, Neul)

    US Judges: Li-Te Cheng (Software Engineer, Google), Lizabeth Fogel (Director of Education, The Walt Disney Company), Larry Johnson (CEO, New Media Consortium) and Beau Lewis (Co-founder and Head of Business, Seedwell)
  4. Commended films from the UK include Let’s engineer a better world by Adarsh Chuttooar (GSK) and The El Salvador Project by Robert Wright, (Imperial College London). Infrastructure, Maybe? - Engineering Urban Infrastructure by Washington University McKelvey Scholars and We build things by Hunter Douglas at Duke University were two commended films from the US competition. The four films will also be screened at the summit.
  5. Founded in 1964, the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.
  6. The Chinese Academy of Engineering is the Chinese national academy of engineering and technological sciences. Its missions are to initiate and conduct strategic studies, to provide consultancy services for decision-making on key national engineering and technological sciences issues, and to promote the development of engineering and technological sciences in China for the benefit and welfare of society.
  7. 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
Tel. 020 7766 0636
Email: Jane Sutton