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IET Awards - Achievement Medals

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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 Achievement in Electronics;
  • Mensforth Manufacturing Gold Medal.


The IET Achievement Medals:

  • Up to five 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. Nominators are required to upload the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no more than 2 pages or a link to a URL where the candidate’s professional profile is available. 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 2016 winners

Image of Professor Andy Neely BEng MA(Cantab) PhD MIET   Professor Andy Neely BEng, MA (Cantab), PhD MIET, Head of the Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing has been awarded the Achievement Medal (Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal) for manufacturing. Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance, Professor Andy Neely has been at the forefront of research on manufacturing industries for over 25 years. He is one of the most widely cited scholars in the world on two primary topics of research and has personally advised four governments. His work on servitisation - the tendency for manufacturing firms to sell services and solutions rather than products - has ensured long term survival and success for many UK firms. His ideas on key performance indicators have influenced numerous organisations to rethink how they position themselves for long term success, including their wider responsibilities to society.
Image of Professor Mark Williams BEng(Hons) MSc PhD CEng FIMechE   Professor Mark Williams BEng(Hons) MSc PhD CEng FIMechE, Product Evaluation Technologies Group Leader, University of Warwick has been awarded the Achievement Medal for Forensic Engineering. Professor Williams' Criminal Forensics engineering is helping to shape the Criminal Justice system. It has established the truth where prosecution has not been pursued, provided pivotal evidence at a number of high profile murder trials and helped victims' families and vulnerable people. The work has also produced new homicide investigation procedures and founded a ground-breaking collaboration with West Midlands Police and Home Office pathologists. Related outreach programmes and extensive media coverage have illuminated the diversity and societal impact of engineering, helping to inspire the next generation.


Two of the 2015 winners

Image of Rachel Hurst   Rachel Hurst, Group Operations Director with Domino Printing Services plc. UK, has been awarded an Achievement Medal. Her career at Domino Printing Services has encompassed manufacturing, customer operations, product management, sales and marketing, mergers and acquisition, and strategic planning and since 2006 she has been responsible for all of the company’s manufacturing operations.
Image of Robin Sham   An Achievement Medal has been awarded to Dr Robin Sham BSc PhD DIC FCGI FRSA CEng FICE FHKIE, Sector Managing Director/Transportation AECOM, Hong Kong. He is a pioneering innovator in bridge engineering and has made profound contributions to bridge building globally.  He created the Aberfeldy Bridge, the world’s first glass fibre reinforced composite cable-stayed bridge and was recognised as a key innovator of the Taizhou Bridge, the world’s first long-span, three-pylon continuous suspension bridge.

Two of the 2014 winners

Image of Alfonso Farina

An Achievement Medal was awarded to Dr Alfonso Farina FIET, Senior Advisor to Chief Technology Officer, Selex ES, Rome, Italy for pioneering contributions to the theoretical development and practical application of innovative and robust adaptive signal, data and image processing techniques, for target detection, estimation, tracking, recognition and fusion in complex e.m. disturbance environments, to operational ground-based, naval, airborne and over the horizon (active and passive) radar systems on civilian, defence and security platforms.


Image of Keith Hayler An Achievement Medal was awarded to Keith Hayler FIET, UK in recognition of his contribution to UK and global broadcast engineering over a number of decades.  Specifically, his contribution to digital broadcast platforms; Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB).  

See also

More information on previous winners


2017 Key dates


Nominations are now closed for 2017.


IET Achievement Awards:
15 November 2017, 13:00 (GMT)


Related links

Candidate criteria guidance (PDF)



IET Achievement Medals leaflet (PDF)

IET Achievement Medal Fact Sheet (PDF)


See also

Previous Winners