With the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, the Academy is making five awards of £3,000 each year to UK* engineers in full-time higher education, research or industrial employment, who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their career (defined as less than ten years since graduation from their first degree in engineering or equivalent qualification on the day of the submission deadline).
From these five awardees, the Academy’s Awards Committee will select an overall winner who, in addition to their cash award, will receive the Academy’s highly acclaimed Sir George Macfarlane Medal.
There is no restriction on the discipline base of the individual nominated.
*By ‘UK’ we mean engineers who are either UK citizens or working in the UK for a period of not less than three years immediately before the year of awarding the prize.
2019 winners announced
Press release: Academy success for five brilliant female engineers
Dr Áine Ní Bhreasail
Senior Engineer, ARUP
Dr Áine Ní Bhreasail is a chartered civil engineer specialising in geotechnics, currently working for Arup. Her expertise in soil movement, together with her analytical approach and strong communication skills, have enabled her to make a real impact on the industry and to help develop more resilient infrastructure. During her PhD research, Áine captured the first images of cracks in frozen soil that allow water to seep in and freeze, wedging the soil apart, which can lead to destructive heaving. Her ground-breaking findings also help to explain how materials as diverse as lava, ice-cream and bone implants behave in real-life situations.
Dr Giorgia Longobardi
Founder and CEO, Cambridge GaN Devices Ltd
Dr Giorgia Longobardi is founder and CEO of Cambridge GaN Devices Ltd (CGD), a start-up developing highly efficient power electronics that could offer major energy savings in applications ranging from power supplies for consumer electronics to LED drives, data centres and wireless chargers. Dr Giorgia Longobardi is founder and CEO of Cambridge GaN Devices Ltd (CGD), a start-up developing highly efficient power electronics that could offer major energy savings in applications ranging from power supplies for consumer electronics to LED drives, data centres and wireless chargers.
Dr Mariia Sorokina
Research Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering
Dr Mariia Sorokina is a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, currently developing next generation hardware enabling faster and more energy efficient artificial intelligence (AI) computing. She has established a new, emerging research field – fibre-laser based neuromorphic engineering – that is critical for the development of data-hungry AI applications. Early in her career Mariia showed a strong aptitude for engineering research related to signal processing. She has developed a novel type of signal shaping that breaks the established paradigm, for the first time enabling fibre-optic communication faster than was previously thought possible. This discovery is seen as crucial for the development of future high-capacity broadband systems to meet the ever-increasing demand for data
Engineering Director, MASS Design Group
As a Structural Engineer and a Construction Project Manager for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture project, Rosie helped to lead the team through design and construction using earth and wood, which involves interpreting local and international building codes to design structures that would be seismically appropriate for the region. She is now contributing to research which will inform standards for adobe block (mud brick) construction, commonly used in rural areas. She also sits on the Rwanda Standards Board Technical Committee for Civil Engineering and Building Materials.
Senior Aerodynamicist , BAE Systems
Sophie is one of the youngest engineers to have achieved Chartered Engineer status at just 25 years old. She works at the forefront of aerospace technology, developing advanced designs and concepts for new generation fast jets and aircraft that operate in space as well as inside the atmosphere. She has contributed directly to BAE System’s hypersonic capabilities, including applying technologies from the first hybrid air-breathing rocket engine system (SABRETM) being developed by Reaction Engines Ltd, which could revolutionise travel from the atmosphere into space.
Khouloud El Hakim
Project Manager, High Speed 1 Route Renewal Study
Bechtel engineer Khouloud El Hakim is currently Project Manager leading the development of a 40-year renewal plan for High Speed 1, a strategy that involves the complex balance of carrying out renewals on an operational rail system without disrupting local and international train services.Prior to this, Khouloud was the Project Engineer on Crossrail’s Farringdon Station, managing design and construction assurance for the station’s redevelopment in preparation for the Elizabeth Line’s launch later this year.
Executive Assistant to CEO, Polestar
Chetan is currently working at the forefront of the automotive industry as the CEO’s Assistant at Polestar, a Volvo electric car startup that he helped launch at the end of 2017 in Shanghai. Following his passion for cars, Chetan uniquely combines creative flair, design skills and deep engineering understanding. He is rapidly emerging as a bright, dynamic and driven future leader in the automotive industry.
Dr Christopher Donaghy- Spargo
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Durham University
Dr Christopher Donaghy-Spargo is Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Deputy Research Director for Future Energy Systems at Durham University. He is the author of over 25 peer-reviewed technical articles, with his first journal paper published while he was an undergraduate student – a rare achievement. During his PhD investigating high-efficiency motor technologies for industry, Dr Donaghy-Spargo won a number of prestigious awards, including the Sir Henry Royce Medal for Young Professionals from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Dr Robert Hoye
Thomas Neville Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
Dr Robert Hoye is a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, working on the development of new materials for use in the production of clean energy. Dr Hoye has demonstrated outstanding creativity in finding unique ways to address the pressing challenge of clean energy, developing the materials and tools needed to create commercially viable and efficient devices.obert graduated in 2015 with a PhD in material science from the University of Cambridge, having been awarded the Jackman prize for best thesis.
Corrosion Engineer, BP
Simon is a Lead Materials & Corrosion Engineer for BP Exploration, working for the Angola region. Having worked with BP for over seven years, he successfully led a team of engineers from disparate disciplines to land a challenging and innovative qualification process for flowlines exposed to environments containing hydrogen sulphide, referred to as ‘sour service’. Simon’s leadership ensured that the correct decisions were made to deliver a safe and reliable solution that fully integrated different aspects of process, mechanical, pipeline, materials and corrosion engineering.