The Royal Academy of Engineering recognised the work of some of the UK's most successful engineers this week, presenting its most prestigious awards in a grand celebration of engineering held at the Royal Opera House in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, who is a Royal Fellow of the Academy.

The event was generously sponsored by Airbus Group, Petrofac, Babcock, BAE Systems, BP, GKN plc and Jaguar Land Rover.

In a message to the Academy, the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, said:

“I am delighted to offer my good wishes for this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering Awards.

“These Awards recognise what is a key UK strength: our excellence in engineering. They also highlight the fascinating and diverse nature of modern engineering and its contribution to our wealth, health and well-being.

“Engineering also makes the world a more exciting place and it is important to communicate this excitement to the next generation.  By celebrating the engineers of today, we are also encouraging the engineers of tomorrow."

MacRobert Award

Cobalt Light Systems, a spin-out from the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton laboratories,received the prestigious MacRobert Award for their exceptional innovation in engineering, commercial success and benefit to society.

Cobalt has been commended for its Insight100 scanner, based on an innovative use of technology that enables it to scan liquids for dangerous or prohibited substances without removing them from their container.

The Insight100 is widely being adopted in airports security and holds the promise to help lifting restrictions on liquids allowance on flights.

Read the news release - Cobalt Light Systems wins MacRobert Award, UK's premier engineering prize

Silver Medals

The Academy’s Silver Medals, established to recognise outstanding personal contribution to UK engineering and commercial success, were presented to five engineers:

Peter Brewin and Will Crawford, inventors and founders of Concrete Canvas

Professor Dino Distefano, for his successful software start-up Monoidics, recently acquired by Facebook

Professor Máire O’Neill, inventor of the security chips used in over 100 million TV set-top boxes

Chris Young, Director at Rolls-Royce, for his contribution in the development of the Trent XWB engine.

Read the news release - Silver Medals for UK's brightest up-and-coming tech entrepreneurs

Major Project Award

The award was presented to a team of engineers from the firm Arup for their work in the redevelopment of the King’s Cross area. These included the delivery of iconic projects such as the British Library, Kings’ Place, the King’s Cross and St. Pancras Underground Station and the new concourse at King’s Cross rail station.

On the work done by Arup in the area, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: "Great feats of British engineering have helped to shape the world in which we live today.

“Arup has embraced our nation's engineering prowess and transformed the King's Cross area beyond all recognition, turning it into a thriving new commercial, residential and business centre.”

The winning team members are John Turzynski, Peter Evans, Ian Gardner, Mike Byrne and Jim Burridge.

Read the news release – Arup team recognised by Academy for delivering the new King's Cross

Rooke Award

Engineering education took centre stage when The Royal Institution’s Masterclass Programme Manager Dr Diane Crann received the Rooke Award for her support of the one of the Academy’s aims of the public promotion of engineering.

Read the news release - Royal Institution Engineering Masterclasses win Academy award for public engagement

RAEng ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Awards

This award, celebrating early-career research success and entrepreneurial promise in electro-engineering, was this year awarded to two equally deserving candidates:

Dr David Heath of the University of Strathclyde, for an advanced skincare products applicator Dr James MacFarlane of the University of Bristol, for developing advanced airborne radiation monitoring drone.

Read the news release - Academy announces ERA Foundation Award winners

President's Medal

Academy President Sir John Parker GBE FREng awarded the 2014 medal to Dr Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng for her contribution to the Academy’s aims and her work to promoting excellence in engineering. She is the first woman to win the award.

Dame Sue has served the engineering and science professions with equal passion and commitment as a member of numerous committees, boards and councils over the years, including her recent appointment as Chair of the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board.

Read the news release - Dame Sue Ion becomes first woman to win RAEng President's medal

Prince Philip Medal

The medal, awarded to an engineer of any nationality who has made an exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole, was presented to Professor C C Chan FREng of the University of Hong Kong, for his life-long contribution to the field of electric vehicles.

Professor Chan has helped the field reach its current standards through over 40 years of academic research, advocacy and education efforts.

Read the release - Father of electric vehicles recognised with Academy's Prince Philip Medal

Rising Stars Awards

Generously sponsored by Petrofac, these awards recognise early-career engineers making an exceptional engineering contribution within their companies.This year’s Rising Stars are:

Airbus Group
Abbie Hutty, Spacecraft Structures Engineer and Belén Vuillaamil, Safety Manager – RAF Puma.

Sean McKeown, Graduate Mechanical Engineer and Abinaya Elagovan, Graduate Engineer.

Cameron Hunter, Planning Manager and Jennie Popham, Engineer.

BAE Systems
Rebecca Wolfenden, SHM Engineer and John Prudy, Technical Programme Manager, Technology and Emerging Programmes, BAE System Combat Vehicles UK.

Chloe Sweet, Hydroprocessing Asset Support Engineer and Clement Yong, Mechanical Engineer, Clair Ridge Project.

Dr Marta María Díez Casas, Manager for Fixed Joints SX6.1 Development and Traction eMotors Analysis, GKN Driveline.

Jaguar LandRover
Adam Southgate, Group Leader, Vehicle Stability Attributes and Chris Lyness, Traction Battery – Technical Specialist.

Notes for Editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

    We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place  to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation.

    We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

For more information please contact:

Giorgio De Faveri at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel: 020 7766 0655
Email: Giorgio De Faveri