On 26 October 2015, Dr Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was presented with the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) for his revolutionary advances and leadership in engineering at the interface with chemistry and medicine.
Her Majesty The Queen presented Dr Langer with his trophy at an evening reception at Buckingham Palace, attended by diplomatic ambassadors and young engineers tasked with inspiring the next generation.
Ahead of the presentation, Dr Langer gave a lecture at the Royal Academy of Engineering entitled ‘The Struggles and Dreams of a Young Engineer.’ The talk was delivered in the same room at the Academy where Dr Langer was announced as winner of the QEPrize in February.
The day of celebration also saw the launch of QEPrize Create the Future report, which explores the attitudes to engineering in ten countries including Germany, India and Japan – revealing that engineer tops the list of professions seen as most vital for economic growth.
Read more about the QEPrize and the Create the Future report below.
Create the Future press release
Create the Future report
QEPrize trophy presentation day highlights
How the media reported the news:
The Queen presents £1million engineering prize to Dr Robert Langer at Buckingham Palace – Daily Mail
Queen lends a dirty hand to engineering – Sunday Times [paywalled article]
The engineer with more than 220 major awards – BBC World Service Newshour
Engineers undervalued in society, report finds – The Engineer