Previous award winner Award Winners
RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year
Five awards of £3,000 each year to UK engineers in full time higher education, research or industrial employment.
Royal Academy of Engineering and WCE Charitable Trust
UK engineers in full time higher education, research or industrial employment.
Demonstration of excellence in the early stage of their career (defined as less than ten years since graduation from their first degree in engineering). There is no restriction on the discipline base of the individual nominated.
Dr Ruth Misener; Frank O’Leary; Anna Ploszajski; Chris Shaw; Dr Jenni Sidey.
Dr Ruth Misener - Lecturer in Computational Optimisation, Imperial College London – for her innovative research vision that integrates research software development, optimisation algorithms, biomedical engineering, and process systems engineering.
Frank O’Leary – Chartered Geotechnical Engineer, Arup – for working on numerous high profile projects in London City and is currently working on the design and construction of five-storey basement beneath a Grade-II hotel in Mayfair.
Anna Ploszajski - Engineering Doctorate Candidate, University College London – not only for her patented research into hydrogen storage for an industrial partner, but also for being a truly outstanding public communicator of engineering.
Chris Shaw - Lead Engineer, Sensible Object Ltd – for his work as a founding member and Lead Engineer of a company called Sensible Object, which set up to manufacture the game Beasts of Balance.
Dr Jenni Sidey - Lecturer in Combustion, University of Cambridge – for her work as a combustion scientist who studies a wide range of complex phenomena, ranging from fundamental turbulent flame physics to pollutant reduction in gas turbine engines.
Applications should be made directly to the Royal Academy of Engineering, using the online submission facility. Further details of the award will be found on: Young Engineer of the Year
Previous award winner Raspberry Pi
The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award supported by The Worshipful Company of Engineers
The premier award for UK innovation in engineering to an organisation in recognition of an outstanding innovation in the field of engineering that has achieved commercial success and which is of benefit to the community.
The Royal Academy of Engineering and the WCE Charitable Trust.
Any organisation, whether in the private, public or charity sectors, may apply for the Award. Although the ultimate ownership of the organisation and the nationality of the nominated individuals are not relevant, the innovatory component of the submission should have a substantial UK content. The organisation must nominate no more than five individuals who were the major contributors to the innovatory component of the submission.
£50,000 Prize + medals
The submission will be judged on innovation, commercial success and benefit to the community.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation, through its easy to use, credit card-sized microcomputers, is redefining how people learn about and engage with computers. From initially setting out to help increase the number of computer science applicants to the University of Cambridge, the Raspberry Pi team has put the power of computing into the hands of people all over the world. By doing so, they are helping to ensure future generations are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world, able to solve the problems that matter to them, and equipped for the jobs of the future.
As personal computers and games consoles became more complex, fewer young people felt able to access the ‘back room’ workings of computers, reducing the number of hobbyists. At the same time, computer programming was not widely taught in schools. Raspberry Pi is tackling these problems by firing kids’ imaginations about computing with an easy-to-use, powerful and robust programmable computer, at a price-point that makes it accessible to schools: just $35 for the flagship product, or an even smaller version, the Raspberry Pi Zero, at $5.
The bargain micro-PC can be used as the control centre of just about anything, from creating your own video games to robots, multi-room sound systems, pet feeders, or even scientific experiments.
Since the first Raspberry Pi was launched in 2012, the organisation has gone on to sell 14 million thanks to a dedicated community of makers, uptake within schools, and an increasing demand from industry. The unexpected industry demand stems from the reliability of the design; only five in every million Raspberry Pis experience failures (the typical industry rate is 1 in 1000) thanks to its partnership with Sony, which manufactures them in Wales more cost effectively and to higher standards than overseas.
Raspberry Pi is a not-for-profit organisation. The success achieved by the commercial arm – Raspberry Pi Trading – generates millions in profits that are then used by the charitable Raspberry Pi Foundation to help teach people about computing. Through initiatives such as Code Club, Raspberry Pi helps 85,000 UK children in 5,750 weekly Code Clubs learn the basics of coding. This reach is not limited to the UK; there are 4,500 Code Clubs outside of the country, teaching basic computing skills in 27 languages through 1,084 Raspberry Pi Certified Educators.
The unprecedented success of the Raspberry Pi, alongside a number of other government initiatives, is helping to boost applications to university computer science courses, with many citing Raspberry Pi as their inspiration.
Entries should be made directly to the Royal Academy of Engineering, using the online submission facility. Further details of the award may be found on: www.raeng.org.uk/prizes/macrobert
Previous award winner Captain Damian Warren
Services Engineering Postgraduate Award
Awarded to the officer completing a post graduate technical degree.
Students at CMT Shrivenham or through CMT at another approved institution (including but not limited to students at the Royal School of Military Engineering, and attending the Royal Signals Communications Information Systems Management (CISM) MSc )
Achievement of overall academic excellence and contributed most to the advancement of technical knowledge or its application through his/her research project.
Captain Damian Warren
Captain Damian Warren graduated from the Royal Engineers’ Professional Engineer Training (Civils) course in July 2016 gaining not only the top student award but also being considered the best student for a generation.
Captain Warren has delivered a consistently outstanding performance. He achieved unprecedented results during the academic phase of his course while providing essential mentoring to the other students. His MSc technical report submissions throughout the course were of an intellectual depth never seen before, including a thesis of the very highest calibre.
On a 9-month attachment as a Senior Engineer on a £120M high-risk tower construction in Central London, he was quickly given additional responsibility and dealt with a constant stream of complex problems to keep the project on track. Working on the £4bn Thames Tideway project in Arup’s London office, he was able to hold his own with world-leading geotechnical experts. Alongside all this, he found time to champion engineering to schoolchildren as a STEM ambassador.
For his unprecedented technical ability, phenomenal capacity for work and utter dedication to engineering and for being an inspirational ambassador for the Corps of Royal Engineers, Captain Warren receives this award.
Nominations for the Services Awards are made through the relevant Service Authorities directly to the Engineers' Company in response to calling notices issued by The Clerk.