Montage of photos showing previous award winners throughout the years.

IET Awards

Awards, prizes and scholarships within engineering and technology

Other IET Awards

IET Achievement Medals


The IET Achievement Medals are awarded to individuals  who have made major and distinguished contributions in the various sectors of science, engineering and technology.

 The judging panel will look for outstanding and sustained excellence in one or more activities, for example, research and development, innovation, design, manufacturing, technical management, promotion of engineering and technology.  The medals in the collection include:

The IET Prestige Medals:

  • The Faraday Medal;
  • The Mountbatten Medal;
  • J J Thomson Medal for Achievment in Electronics;
  • Mensforth Manufacturing Gold Medal.


The IET Achievement Medals:

  • Up to six Achievement Medals are awarded for excellence in any area of engineering, technology or applied science.


How to nominate 

Nominations can be made by clicking onto the online nomination form on the right hand side. As part of the nomination process you will be requested to include a brief 'curriculum vitae' (CV) of the person you are nominating. We welcome nominations for women and men from around the world. You do not need to be a Member of the IET to make a nomination or be nominated. 

Please note only one nomination is required per candidate and self-nominations will not be accepted.


Related links

  •  If you are interested in nominating someone, please see the Candidate Criteria Guidance (PDF) document before completing the  nomination form.


Two of the 2013 winners

Dr David F Welch photo

The J J Thomson Medal for Electronics was awarded to  Dr David F Welch, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Board, Infinera, USA. Dr Welch is a pioneer in the field of optical devices and optical networks. His achievement and drive first made it possible to commercially deploy reliable 980 nm laser pumps, crucially needed in low noise optical amplifiers employed in DWDM systems. Dr Welch later achieved the first commercial optoelectronics integrated circuit, several years ahead of any competing research or developments laboratory. Such early devices marked a quantum step in optical system design and today integrated optoelectronics circuits are key to solving the bandwidth and energy issues faced by future wireline and wireless telecom networks.

Nigel Whitehead photo The Sir Eric Mensforth International Manufacturing Gold Medal was awarded to Mr Nigel Whitehead FREng FRAeS, BAE Systems Group Managing Director of Programmes & Support, UK.  Nigel Whitehead is responsible for some of the UK’s largest engineering, manufacturing and support services projects. Sustained success leading major defence and security projects in the UK, Sweden and Australia mark him out as one of the most outstanding engineers of his generation.  Amongst much other public service, Nigel is a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, leading a priority action to improve the UK’s vocational skills, particularly apprenticeships.


Two of the 2012 winners

Image of Paul Kane
The Ambrose Fleming Medal for Information and Communications was awarded to Paul M Kane, Chairman and CEO of Community DNS, in recognition of his outstanding excellence in promoting innovative system design and delivering advanced technical management of information and communications services to the global Internet community.
Image of Dick Philbrick The Nuffield Silver Medal for Achievement in Design and Production was awarded to Dick Philbrick for his leadership and achievement in building a highly profitable export-led engineering company. He started Clansman Dynamics in 1994 and three years ago converted it into an employee owned business. The company specialises in foundry machinery and exports 95% of its production to 40 countries.



2014 key dates


Deadline for Achievement Medal nominations:
30 May 2014, 17:00 (BST)


The IET Achievement Awards Ceremony:
19 November 2014, 13:00 (GMT)



Submit an Achievement Medal nomination

2014 Online nomination form 


Related links

Candidate Criteria Guidance (PDF)



IET Achievement Medal leaflet (PDF)


See also

Previous Winners