LED lighting inventors win QEPrize


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On 2 February the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) was awarded to the five engineers responsible for the creation and development of LED lighting – which forms the basis of all solid state lighting technology and is more energy efficient than traditional bulbs. The announcement was made by Lord Browne of Madingley FREng FRS, Chairman of the QEPrize Foundation, during a global livestream hosted by Danielle George MBE, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering at the University of Manchester. Opening the broadcast, HRH The Princess Royal, Royal Fellow of the Academy, extended her congratulations to the 2021 QEPrize winners and reflected on the importance of previous QEPrize winning innovations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five winners, Isamu Akasaki, Shuji Nakamura FREng, Nick Holonyak Jr, M. George Craford, and Russell Dupuis, were awarded the £1 million prize, which celebrates global engineering innovations that have had a positive societal impact. Their pioneering work is recognised not only for the global impact of LED and solid state lighting but also for the tremendous contribution the technology has made to reducing energy consumption and addressing climate change. The winners will be formally honoured at a ceremony later this year, where they will also receive a trophy designed by 2021 Create the Trophy competition winner, Hannah Goldsmith (see page 10).

Solid state lighting technology has changed how we illuminate our world. It can be found everywhere from digital displays and computer screens to handheld laser pointers, automobile headlights and traffic lights. Today’s

high-performance LEDs are used across the world and are contributing to the sustainable development of world economies by reducing energy consumption. Visible LEDs are now a global industry predicted to be worth over $108 billion by 2025 through

low-cost, high-efficiency lighting. LED lighting is more energy efficient than traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, and is playing a crucial role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Large-scale use of LED bulbs reduces the energy demand required to cool buildings. They are often referred to as the ‘green revolution’ within lighting.

Speaking on the announcement, George Craford commented “This is a really special moment for me. The QEPrize is so prestigious, it is a career highlight that is impossible to beat.”

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden FREng FRS, Chair of the QEPrize Judging Panel, said: “The impact of this innovation is not to be understated. It makes lighting a lot cheaper and more accessible for emerging economies. For example, LEDs are being used on fishing boats where previously the only option would have been paraffin lamps.”

Lord Browne also announced that the QEPrize will now be awarded on an annual basis. The increase in the frequency of the prize cycle will offer greater opportunities to recognise engineering excellence. Visit www.qeprize.org for more information.

LED lighting inventors win QEPrize

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Royal Academy

of Engineering


President’s column 2 Research and innovation 4

Thought leadership 7 Education and skills 9 Public engagement 10 Academy roundup 10

News of Fellows 11

Obituaries 12

www.raeng.org.uk/newsletters LED bulbs last 25 times longer than incandescent bulb

Spring 2021


President’s column

Meetings and visitors

In his capacity as President, Sir Jim has met with:

■ John L Anderson, President National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

■ Professor Sir Adrian Smith, President, Royal Society

■ Professor Dame Anne Johnson DBE FMedSci, President, Academy of Medical Sciences

■ Sir Patrick Vallance

■ Andrew McCosh, DG Cabinet Office

He attended the following events and meetings:

■ Scottish Ministerial Roundtable

■ Bilateral meeting with the Royal Society of Edinburgh

■ Bilateral meeting with NAE

■ Various Council for Science and Technology meetings

■ ARIA roundtable with Secretary of State, Rt Hon Kwasi

Kwarteng MP

■ R&D Roadmap roundtable with Minister Amanda Solloway

■ IET Trustee Meeting In my last column, at the end of

2020, I spoke of early cause for optimism following the approval of the Pfizer vaccine, with sight of a return of some of our pre-pandemic lifestyle on the horizon. While early 2021 has not been plain sailing, I hope that, like me, you are encouraged by the vaccine rollout progress, the roadmaps out of lockdown, and early signs of spring.

The pandemic and our emergence from it of course continue to present engineering challenges. The Academy has been commissioned by government to undertake a review of infection control in the built environment, for example, given that this is a critical consideration as communities and public spaces start to open up again. This will look at both at measures that might be taken in advance of this winter to ensure a safe emergence from lockdown, and consider how we might design or refurbish buildings to be more resilient to pandemic and infection risks in the future. The National Engineering Policy Centre has also been working on a study of critical capabilities for resilience, drawing on learning from this pandemic, but also several other national and international crises that required a systems response. It is a testament to the quality of what we have been able to provide and the value of a coherent cross-profession platform that government continues to call on

Engineering Policy Centre for support.

With the pandemic lessening in severity in the UK, government is investing greater energy in other priorities. The recent announcement of plans to launch a new research and innovation funding agency modelled on the US ARPA initiative was welcome news. Known as the Advanced Research and Invention Agency, or ARIA, it aims to support high risk, high reward science, and has the potential to unlock radical innovation and stimulate the development of new technologies with far reaching societal and economic benefits. Engineering expertise in translating research into tangible innovation with impact on our society and economy will be crucial to this endeavour, and following the recommendations the Academy published last year on how to make such an agency a success, we will continue to offer advice on its implementation.

Another significant priority that we are hearing more about from government is the 2050 net zero carbon emissions target in the run up to the UK hosting COP-26 in Glasgow in November. With sustainability at the heart of our new strategy, COP-26 and the discussions that lead up to and fall out of the event present an important opportunity for the Academy to engage critical stakeholders. As such, we are coordinating a programme of activity spanning policy advice, international partnerships and public engagement to showcase the relevant expertise of engineers under the banner Engineering Zero, which you will hear more about in due course. By the time COP-26 is over, I hope that some of you will have had the opportunity to return to Prince Philip House. Cautious plans are being put in place for a handful

to return to the office on a similar timescale. In the meantime, we continue to run a programme of engaging virtual events, and embed digital engagement into plans for all of our events, whether online or in person.

One forthcoming event that I hope you will be able to join us at is our virtual alternative to Fellows’ Day, to be hosted from 17 to 19 May. Through a series of talks and virtual exhibitions, Fellows will have the opportunity to find out about each area of the Academy’s work in more depth and breadth than I can ever cover in these columns. Until then, I hope you all keep well. Best wishes,


Marking World Engineering Day

On 4 March 2021, the Academy marked the second UNESCO World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development with a series of videos highlighting the critical role that engineers play in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The video resources address each of the 17 SDGs, which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. The videos include Irshaad Vawda, CEO of Engineers Without Borders in South Africa, explaining why engineers are essential in tackling SDG 1: No Poverty.

The video for SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy, features Dr Kelleh Mansaray, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Sierra Leone. Kelleh is one of the leading pioneers in the development and promotion of renewable energy technologies in Sierra Leone and is leading an Academy-funded project that aims to improve regional engineering capacity in addressing the SDGs through the Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa (HEP SSA) programme.

Dr Paula Zapata-Ramirez is a marine biologist who features in the video for SDG 14: Life Below Water. She is an assistant professor at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia and is using funding from the Academy’s Transforming Systems Through Partnerships programme to better understand marine ecosystems.

To watch all 17 videos, visit www.raeng.org.uk/SDGs

The Academy also showcased its impact on enhancing collaboration, education and diversity in engineering in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), delivered through its Africa grants programmes. The achievements of the programmes include:

■ Over 2,000 professionals trained by professional engineering institutions across SSA.

■ Over 530 student industry placements since 2013. The number of students obtaining industry internships increased from 40% to 90% over the course of one project in Zambia.

■ Diversity and inclusion initiatives have driven equal gender participation in programmes. A project from the Institute of Engineers Rwanda helped to increase the number of female internship applicants from 15% in 2018 to 25% in 2019.

■ 50 individual course curricula reviewed and improved as a result of industry–academia partnerships.

■ Almost 50 UK organisations and 400 in-country bodies involved as project partners so far.

The Academy is helping to develop innovative solutions to a range of impending and accelerating challenges in SSA. Working with local higher education and engineering organisations, it is helping to grow engineering capacity and support sustainable development across 23 countries through two key programmes: HEP SSA and GCRF Africa Catalyst.

Commenting on the progress achieved, Yewande Akinola MBE, a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering GCRF Africa Catalyst Committee, said: “By developing strong alliances between local partners in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, we can enable learning, collaboration and sharing of best practice, which in turn will build skills to boost innovation. But there is much more to be done, which needs the continued support of investors and partners.”

The 17 SDGs are an urgent call to action by all countries

Dr Hilonga won the first Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation with his Nanofilter that provides clean sand safe drinking water


Research and innovation

Analysis examines how

spinouts thrive

In January, the Enterprise Hub worked with Beauhurst to publish Spotlight on

spinouts: UK academic spinout trends, which for the first

time gathers evidence in one place to examine where and how effectively university innovations are being turned into commercially successful enterprises.

The report – the first in an annual series – seeks to track progress, the impact of changes, and help us understand the state of UK spinouts now and in future. The data includes top sectors, investments, survival, growth rates, and exits. It also examines which universities are generating successful spinouts, their IP policies, and stakes taken by universities, with the aim of informing discussion around best practice. The report forms the first part of ongoing work in the

area, with a practical guide for entrepreneurs to follow and a series of engagement activities to run across the coming months. The Hub hopes that it will incentivise progressive policy change, encourage the sharing of technology transfer best practice and guide academic entrepreneurs who wish to commercialise their research. David Cleevely CBE FREng, Chair of the Enterprise Committee at the Academy, says: “Spinouts are a key vehicle for getting the

incredible ideas and innovations developed in our UK universities into real-world products and processes. As a national academy for engineering and technology, we want to understand how that is being achieved across the country, where learning could be shared, and what best practice might look like. This report aims to provide a baseline understanding of UK spinouts – how many, how much, who and where – and provides food for thought as to where we go from here.”

Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: “Accelerating the time between concept and commercial application is critical to the UK’s productivity, growth and social benefits. I’m delighted that this report will help shine a light on what is required to build successful university spinouts, including how we increase diversity and maximise the commercial opportunities presented by the UK’s exceptional academic institutions.”

First event for

Enterprise Hub NI

In January, the Enterprise Hub Northern Ireland held its first major event in the region, inviting key stakeholders from the local engineering community to learn about the Academy’s 2020–2025 Strategy, overarching vision of engineering in the service of society, and ambitions for the Hub in Northern Ireland.

The event sought stakeholders’ views across areas including policy, funding, and startup and scale-up support infrastructure.

The Academy hopes that feedback from the discussion groups will help inform the Enterprise Hub’s future work programme in the region. The Hub is planning further events for the spring and early summer, building on the engagement recommendations within the recent Beauhurst

Spotlight on spinouts report.

The creation of the Hub’s first regional node in Belfast last October marked an exciting step in the Academy’s mission to develop a truly national resource, fully accessible and available

to ambitious, high-potential entrepreneurs across the UK. Anyone who wants to suggest or explore ways to get involved with the Enterprise Hub’s activity in the region is encouraged to contact Gillian Gregg at gillian. gregg@raeng.org.uk

Call for mentors

The Enterprise Hub is also looking for new mentors. If you are interested in becoming a mentor to one of our entrepreneurs, please contact Daniel Boggon at daniel.boggon@raeng.org.uk


Support for

visionary researchers

The Academy recently

announced eight new Chairs in Emerging Technologies.

These highly prestigious awards are given to global research visionaries who will lead major research, translation and

innovation programmes around key emerging technologies, to facilitate technology commercialisation and the creation of significant UK economic and social benefit.

Research projects being funded this year includes the development of electronic textiles; multifunctional composites that could revolutionise sectors from aerospace to portable electronic devices; and machine learning techniques that could improve the sustainability of the

chemical industry and help to reduce the £20 billion of waste produced globally during the manufacture of medicines. Each award has a value of £2,780,000 over 10 years.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “When I see such exciting projects as these, I am genuinely heartened and optimistic about the engineering talent we have working in this country and the critical role our engineers can play in helping to tackle global challenges.”

More information about the newly appointed Chairs and their projects can be found at bit.ly/3taTJDL

Africa Prize shortlist announced

On 16 February, the Academy announced the 16 African entrepreneurs who were shortlisted for the 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. This year’s shortlist represents nine countries including, for the first time, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Ethiopia, and the Gambia. Six of the 16-strong shortlist are female innovators.

Their innovations include a sustainable

manufacturing process that transforms banana and plantain stems to biodegradable paper packaging products; cost-effective and locally 3D-printed customised medical equipment for patients and healthcare workers; and an energy system that provides clean, reliable and affordable electricity to households and businesses

operating in energy-poor communities. Everyone on the shortlist will receive eight months of comprehensive and tailored business training, bespoke engineering mentoring, media and communications training, funding and access to the Academy’s network of high-profile, experienced engineers and business experts in the UK and across Africa. This year marks the first fully digital programme, providing intensive expert guidance and community support through a mixture of online group and one-on-one sessions.

Emma Wade Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa at the UK Department for International Trade, said: “It makes me very proud to be part of this initiative that demonstrates so clearly and practically the

power of partnerships between Africa and the UK. The range of innovations and innovators in this year’s shortlist offer an insight into Africa’s extraordinary diversity and talent and illustrates the importance we all place on nurturing and supporting Africa’s self-starters to create and scale sustainable and inclusive products and services that will help us rebuild our economies to be greener, cleaner and more resilient.”

Alumni of the Prize are projected to impact over three million lives in the next five years and have already created over 1,500 jobs and raised more than $14 million in grants and equity.

Four finalists will be selected from the shortlist in June and invited to pitch their improved innovation and business plan to the judges and a live audience. A winner will be selected in July to receive £25,000, and three runners up will receive £10,000 each.

Elohor Thomas from Nigeria invented CodeLn, an automated tech recruitment platform for software engineering


Connecting awardees,

fostering engagement

On 27 January, the latest Academy CAFÉ (Connecting Awardees, Fostering

Engagement) event took place on the topic of ‘Safer end of engineered life’.

The webinar was hosted by Professor Raffaella Ocone OBE FREng FRSE, Deputy Chair of the Chair in Emerging Technologies steering group, with guest speaker Professor

Susan Gourvenec, who is an advisory member of the Engineering X Safer End of Engineered Life programme board and theme lead for Safer Decommissioning of Offshore Structures and Ships. She holds a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies in intelligent and resilient ocean engineering, which drives activities to create a step-change in ocean engineering design to support responsible, sustainable and economic ocean development.

The webinar series aims to ensure that awardees and alumni have a platform for engagement and can continue to benefit from the expertise and experience within its network. It also enables them to share ideas and challenges faced and best practice in the current period and beyond. The next webinar will be held on 21 April. A video of the January event can be found at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Vtojmr804XI

New online community platform for innovators

In January, the Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) programme launched a new online community platform for its incoming cohort of 136 engineering innovators from 14 countries. Since its launch, LIF Innovators has become the programme’s virtual home.

The COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to deliver LIF in person this year. Many of the key benefits of the LIF programme stem from in-person collaboration and networking, and the team had to think creatively to ensure that these were effectively maintained in a fully virtual programme.

Over 250 people now use the LIF Innovators platform every day, including trainers, mentors,

partners, and participants. Participants post updates on the live feed, get support from their mentors through small group chats and direct messages, and share their innovation in a comprehensive search-enabled project database. They can access resources, sign up for social and learning events, and develop relationships with other entrepreneurs across the programme. The customisable community-management platform is easy to use and integrated with common video-conferencing tools like Zoom.

The LIF Innovators platform has allowed the LIF team to stay engaged with programme participants and ensure that this year’s programme is as effective in developing world-class entrepreneurs as previous years.

Linking academia and the

intelligence community

The Academy recently announced six new awardees of the UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Their projects include new technologies to detect clandestine border crossings, safely identify toxic nerve agents and develop safer high-energy-density battery packs.

The UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are offered by the Government Office for Science and administered by the Royal Academy of Engineering. They provide a vital link between

academia and the intelligence community. Each awardee receives funding of up to £200,000 for two years of their project and mentorship from an Academy Fellow as well as an advisor from the intelligence community.

To find about more about each new awardee and their projects, visit bit.ly/39gm2Jf

Applications for the UK IC Postdoctoral

Research Fellowships 2021 round are now open and will close on 19 April 2021. Details of the applications can be found at www.raeng.org.uk/ grants-prizes/grants/support-for-research/ic-postdoctoral


Critical conversations: engineering’s

pandemic response

On 15 December, the Academy launched a series of fireside chats called ‘Critical conversations’ that explore current issues of importance to the global engineering community. The series brings together the thoughts of leading experts from across the Academy’s networks including Fellows, awardees and engineering partners.

In the first event, Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE,

Academy CEO, was joined by global public health leader, Professor Sir Richard Feachem KBE FREng and Indian Leaders in Innovation Fellow, Dr Nitesh Jangir, to discuss the vital role of engineers in pandemic response and how to curtail the negative impact on the world’s most vulnerable people.

The event brought together Sir Richard’s ideas on conceptualising and responding to global health emergencies and Dr Jangir’s insights from his innovative work with local health services

to save thousands of lives. The event feeds into the Engineering X Pandemic Preparedness programme, which aims to ensure the

engineering community plays a key role in global efforts to fight future pandemics.

The series is broadcast on LinkedIn live and footage from all events is available on the Academy’s website.

Thought leadership

Dick Elsy CBE FREng (r) led the initiative to combine the knowledge and skills of 33 UK technology and engineering businesses to produce more than 13,000 ventilators for the NHS © thisisjude.uk 2020

Engineering change:

the Academy’s annual

diversity and inclusion


On 3 March, the Academy’s annual diversity and inclusion (D&I) event took place on the theme of engineering change. The six-hour conference had over 300 registered delegates, who attended seven sessions led by 35 speakers, panellists and facilitators from across and beyond the engineering profession. Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE chaired the opening panel, Leading Change, with Priya Guha from Merian Ventures; Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE FREng from Aston University and Chair of the Academy’s D&I Committee; Dr Mohd Zamri Ibrahim from University Malaysia Pahang; and Neil Smith from High Speed 2.

The sessions also included a webinar with Stephen Frost, a globally recognised D&I thought leader, speaker and writer talking to the Academy’s Head of D&I, Polly Williams. The closing panel on allyship was chaired by Loraine Martins OBE from Network Rail with Siobhan Endean from Unite the Union; Dr Ollie Folayan from the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK; Alexandra Knight from the Women’s Engineering Society; and Dr Mark McBride-Wright from InterEngineering.

Engineering change is a call to action for engineers everywhere and the conference explored the changes required to build a more equitable profession and enable engineers to better serve society’s needs. Through sub-themes of leading change, systems change and people of

change, the event presented a positive challenge to the profession with opportunities for delegates to discuss and debate, contribute to the Academy’s ongoing research in the area, explore personal allyship, and hear from globally recognised D&I leaders and thinkers. Delegates were encouraged to take action by committing on the day to a personal pledge connected to one of the themes.

Feedback from attendees was positive - one said that the event was “very engaging and inspiring... [it has] definitely given me some themes to go and reflect on how I can put them to action.”

Recorded sections will be available to Fellows in the coming weeks at www.raeng. org.uk/engdiversity


Scottish ministerial roundtable

On 26 January, the Academy and the University of Strathclyde held a roundtable to talk about rapid innovation in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ivan Mckee, Scotland’s Minister for Trade,

Innovation and Public Finance, brought together perspectives from industry, academia and the public sector.

The participants heard from individuals directly involved in significant engineering feats during the pandemic, including 4c Engineering, who produced PPE; Mott MacDonald’s role in the delivery of the NHS Louisa Jordan in Glasgow; and the ventilator efforts led by the National

Manufacturing Institute Scotland. These examples highlighted the enablers: open lines of communication, collaboration, bold decision-making, and compassionate leadership.

Participants then discussed how these principles could be embedded in the approach to

innovation for other societal challenges such as net zero. They highlighted the need to overcome typical sectoral boundaries, take risks, and find solutions locally and collaboratively. However, challenges such as simultaneously creating supply and demand, improving communication and building trust need to be managed.

This discussion will feed into the Academy’s ongoing innovation in a crisis work.

Engineering better policy

In December, the Academy welcomed seven new successful applicants to the fourth cohort of the Policy Fellowships programme. The Policy Fellows joined the programme virtually in January and will take part in a series of development activities including one-to-one meetings with experts, coaching sessions and group workshops. They will learn first-hand how engineers solve problems using techniques such as systems thinking to help them make rapid progress on their chosen policy challenges. On 13 January, we launched the first Policy Fellowships insights report, Engineering Better

Policy, with support from programme alumni,

Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE and Sir Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci. The report demonstrates how engineering perspectives can transform policy practice and contains five case studies that showcase Policy Fellows’ learning journeys and personal insights.

The Academy also held an event to discuss the tangible benefits of the Policy Fellows programme and the wider interface between engineering evidence and policymaking. Speakers included Policy Fellows from the Department for Transport, the Department for Business, Energy and

Industrial Strategy, the Greater London Authority, and the Ministry of Defence.

Critical conversations:

tough decisions on

net zero

On 27 January, the Academy hosted its second Critical Conversations discussion on ‘Tough decisions on net zero - what do engineers think?’ Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, Dervilla Mitchell CBE FREng and Professor Nilay Shah OBE FREng, the Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the National Engineering Policy Centre’s net-zero project took part in the conversation. The speakers discussed a number of the

challenges facing engineers and policymakers on the road to net zero. This included how to move fast enough given all that needs to be done, and how to keep a coherent ‘systems’ approach that enables people,

policies, technologies, and industries to work together for a just transition to net zero. Over 450 people attended the virtual event.

You can find out more about the National Engineering Policy Centre’s net-zero project, and read our latest publication (left) – an infographic guide to net zero that explains what the target means – at www.raeng. org.uk/net-zero

A recording of the event can also be found on the Academy’s website.

A full-size version of the net zero explainer can be downloaded from the Academy’s website


Using STEM resources

across the curriculum

A Coventry primary school has been using the Academy’s Code

and rescue resource box as

part of a cross-curricular project covering science, computer science and even English. Howes Primary School, which is part of the Connecting STEM Teachers network, embedded the resource across lessons for Year Five students. The school wrapped up the project by producing short videos showcasing the brilliant work that they had been doing. In a letter to the Academy, the school talked about the impact

that this project had on pupil motivation and enthusiasm, their standards of writing and literacy, and understanding of coding and engineering. A teacher said: “It has been great to see the children working collaboratively.”

Josh, aged 10, added: “I didn’t know anything about engineering before. I didn’t know that it was about making things to rescue people. I really liked it.” Jannah, aged nine, said: “My favourite part was making the winch. At first it was difficult, and I could only make it go up or down. Then my group figured out how to make it do both without stopping it. I felt really proud.”

Howes Primary School is a state primary school with 23% of students receiving free school meals and around 50% with English as an additional language. Many pupils arrive at different points throughout the year, often new to English. The school is specifically resourced for hearing-impaired pupils.

Supporting schools

The Lord Bhattacharyya Engineering Education Programme continues to support its network schools and colleges with in-house grants of up to £2,500 to provide inspirational engineering experiences and resources for their students. Even in these difficult times for education, schools have used the grants to purchase equipment and plan trips and events for when the pandemic has subsided.

The programme has also made its first higher education bursary payment of £5,000 to successful

first-year university awardees. The second round of these bursaries will be launched with engaging promotional materials and face-to-face discussions about the scheme in sixth forms and colleges when students return to in-person teaching.

The programme has also awarded 18 Post-16 Technical Education Bursaries to students taking an engineering course at Level 3 at a network college or academy. Worth £2,000 over two years of study, these have been awarded to under-represented students in the engineering sector and will be used to purchase hardware, software, travel passes, and books.

Education and skills

Dedicated online training

for awardees

In February and March, the Academy provided tailored online training to each Engineering Leaders Scholarship (ELS) awardee.

The sessions were interactive and practical, anchored in the challenges that the future leaders will need to face, such as managing risks and developing effective, sustainable organisational strategies in an uncertain world.

The ongoing pandemic has posed a challenge in how to best continue supporting the development of the awardees. The ELS programme used

to provide in-person training days over a

weekend. These aimed to create the context for networking and knowledge exchange between all attendees, with a focus on important topics such as leadership, influencing, negotiating, and strategic management. However, the

Academy is committed to continuing to generate opportunities for scholars and hopes the online training will achieve the same aims.


Academy roundup

Fellows’ Day

Fellows are the heart of the Academy and critical to all its activities. Our Fellows’ day event is traditionally a good opportunity for us to update Fellows on key Academy activities and upcoming projects, as well as for Fellows to interact with each other.

As we remain in this virtual environment, we want to provide a platform where Fellows will be able to hear about the latest developments at the Academy and find out how they can get involved in our programmes. There will also be an opportunity to hear the latest updates on some of the work carried out by Academy awardees.

Over a three-day period, there will be a range of different events and activities held at various times throughout the day, to offer better flexibility and access to all. Alongside talks from a selection of speakers and social networking sessions, there will be an online exhibition featuring the Academy’s work. The final day will be hosted by the Academy’s President, Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE.

More details about the event and how to register will be available soon on our website.

Public engagement

Create the Trophy

competition winner

Hannah Goldsmith, aged 20, from the UK won the QEPrize’s 2021 Create the Trophy competition with her design inspired by circuit boards, an essential component in many engineering innovations.

The competition, open to those aged between 14 and 24, saw entries from over 40 countries worldwide. The 10 finalists were selected by an expert panel of designers and engineers, led by Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group. Joining him on the judging panel were Roma Agrawal, structural engineer, Rebeca Ramos, designer, and Dr

Zoe Laughlin, Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Making. Hannah’s trophy impressed the judges with its organic form and clever use of depth.

Hannah is currently in her second year of a degree course in design for publishing and was delighted to have her design chosen by the judges as the winning entry. “When I found out my design was

selected, I was just astounded, I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Due to the high standard of this year’s entries, for the first time the judges made a Highly Commended award, recognising the work of 18-year-old Indian student Atharva Gai. Atharva’s design impressed the judges with its careful and considered eye for detail and traditional manufacturing techniques.

Hannah was announced as the winner during a global livestream on 2 February. She won a state-of-the-art laptop and her design will be 3D printed into the final trophy and awarded to each of the five winners of the 2021 QEPrize later in the year.


2020 Annual Appeal

sees highest ever

response from Fellows

The Academy’s Annual Appeal has raised a fantastic £47,729 inclusive of Gift Aid thanks to the generous support of 82 Fellows.

This represents an incredible 183% increase in participation from the previous year and the greatest number of gifts received to date – making this our most successful Annual Appeal ever and helping us exceed our fundraising goals. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the Academy and Fellows’ support has never been more vital. Donations to the appeal will provide

much-needed investment to our areas of greatest need, enabling us to direct unrestricted funding to priority projects and programmes across the Academy that are shaping engineering. We hope to build upon this year’s appeal success in the years to come.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE said “I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to all our Fellows that made a gift to my 2020 Annual Appeal. Growing philanthropic support is crucial at the Academy in order to achieve long-term sustainable growth. With your generosity, we can increase our impact and extend our reach in society by harnessing the power of engineering.”

If you would like to find out more about how donations make a difference, please contact Shalini Kunhamboo, Individual Giving Manager on shalini. kunhamboo@raeng.org.uk or call 020 7766 0689.

News of Fellows

Sir Peter Bonfield CBE has been appointed a Non-Executive Director at Darktrace

Cynthia Carroll has been appointed a Non-Executive Director of Glencore plc

Iain Conn FRSE has been appointed Senior Advisor for Sustainability Investing at Blackstone

Anne Glover CBE has joined the Investment Committee of CDC Group Bernard Looney has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Build Back Better council

Professor Juergen Maier CBE has been appointed Commercial Director at Riversimple

Professor Sir Jim McDonald FRSE has been appointed an Entrepreneurial Ambassador by Young Enterprise Scotland Professor Stuart Parkin FRS has been awarded the King Faisal Prize for Science

Professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE has been appointed a Non-Executive Director of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc Leigh-Ann Russell has been appointed as Non-Executive Director at Hill & Smith Holdings plc

Sarah Springman CBE has been elected Principal of St Hilda’s College, Oxford Dr Dame Angela Strank DBE FRS has been

appointed a Non-Executive Director at Mondi plc

Membership Review

In 2020, the Academy launched a campaign aimed at delivering a

Fellowship that is Fit for the Future by the time it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2026. This is defined as a Fellowship that embodies the full breadth and diversity of engineering excellence.

A Membership Review Group has been established to consider the impact of the campaign on the nomination and panel assessment processes to ensure that they are fit for purpose and that those candidates from under-represented groups are treated fairly and as equitably as all other candidates. The review will also consider whether further changes are needed to the membership activity in the round to enable the aspirations of the campaign to be met.

The group will be co-chaired by Dr Martin Grant FREng (Trustee and Chair of the Membership Committee) and Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng (Trustee and Board Champion of the campaign). If you have any questions about the Review, please email membership@ raeng.org.uk


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Professor Gunnar Hambraeus FREng FRSE died on 5 June 2019, aged 100. He was former President and Chairman of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Professor Peter Fookes FREng died on 11 September 2020, aged 87. He was formerly Visiting Professor at City, University of London.

Mr Edward Flaxman FREng died on 8 December 2020, aged 92.

Professor David Newland FREng died on 9 December 2020, aged 84. He was formerly Emeritus Professor of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Mr Derek Smith OBE FREng died on 25 December 2020, aged 92. He was formerly Engineering Director, NNC Ltd. Dr Robert Frosch FREng died on 31 December 2020, aged 92. He was formerly Vice President at General Motors Corp.

Mr Michael Morris OBE FREng died on 1 February 2021 aged 86. He was formerly Chief Engineer at Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Dr Philip S Bulson CBE FREng died on 8 February 2021, aged 95. He was formerly Head of Military Engineering Establishment

Professor John Mallard OBE FREng FRSE died on 26

February 2021, aged 94. He was formerly Professor Emeritus at the University of Aberdeen.

Forthcoming events

This is a selection of online Academy events. For a complete list, visit

www.raeng.org.uk/events 21 April 2021

Academy CAFÉ: Design principles for national infrastructure

4pm to 5.15pm Online

13 May 2021

Annual joint Royal Society of Edinburgh/Academy event: Engineering in the climate emergency: how can technology work towards a just transition?

5.30pm to 6.30pm Online

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portia.sale@raeng.org.uk To submit News of Fellows or obituaries, please contact patrick.woodcock@raeng.org.uk

Media roundup

There were 487 items of

coverage between 12 December 2020 and 18 March 2021.

The successes of Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE HonFREng at the end of 2020, including his knighthood, resulted in wide coverage of the Hamilton Commission, including in the Guardian, Sunday Times,

Sunday Mirror, The Sun, New Statesman, The Voice, Sky Sport,

and ITV.com. The Academy was mentioned in the BBC Today

Programme that Sir Lewis

guest-edited on Boxing Day. In December, The Yorkshire

Post ran a feature about

photographer Jude Palmer whose online exhibition of photos of the winners of the President’s Special Awards for Pandemic Service opened at the National Science and Media Museum. Award-winner Professor Cath Noakes OBE from the University of Leeds, was featured on Radio 4’s A Life

Scientific and was also profiled in

the Financial Times on 6 March

Newsweek carried an opinion

piece by the Chief Executive on mitigation of foreseeable risks to infrastructure during the winter. In January, the Engineering X

Global Review on Safer End of Engineered Life was covered in by

SciDev.net and The Conversation. Mamta Singhal gave interviews with several BBC local radio stations about careers in science for This is Engineering, and the report Spotlight on spinouts was covered in regional and business media and The Scotsman. In February, David Cleevely CBE FREng and Dr Katerina Spranger of Oxford Heartbeat were interviewed by the Daily

Telegraph about engineer CEOs.

BBC News online coverage of the launch of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA) on 19 February included a comment by the President. In March, The Engineer also published an opinion piece by the President on ARIA.





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