Montage of photos showing previous award winners throughout the years.

IET Awards - Winners

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 Achievement 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.


IET Achievement Medals 2013


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.

 Mr Whitehead was presented with his Medal at the 2014 Viscount Nuffield / Mensforth Lecture on 27 March 2014 at the University of Strathclyde.


Professor Barry Evans FIET photo

Ambrose Fleming Medal for Information and Communications was  awarded to Professor Barry Evans FREng FIET, Centre for Communication Systems Research, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, for an outstanding contribution towards telecommunication and information system engineering.  Professor Evans has devoted his entire life to the advancement of higher education whilst engaging in high quality research into the most advanced technologies. He has supervised hundreds of postgraduate students from all over the world. He has established and managed several world-known research centres whilst providing valuable guidelines to governmental bodies. He has proved to be a multi-disciplinary expert and leader with a sharp over-the-horizon vision, enabling him to push the boundaries of many technological fields.


  Richard Sadler photo

Coales Medal for Transport was awarded to Mr Richard Sadler HonDCL FIMarE FRINA, Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s Register Group, UK.  Founded in 1760, Lloyds Register is today a £900M global not for profit business. Appointed CEO in 2007, Richard Sadler possesses strategic and operational expertise in transportation and energy risk and safety management. He has expanded the company's scope and positioned it firmly as the world leader in its field. He has also devoted significant personal time to promoting engineering as a profession to young people and led the formation of new Lloyds Register Global Technology Centres at Southampton and Singapore Universities. He is an influential advocate to Government on how to build UK engineering capability.


  Professor Graham T Reed FIET photo

Crompton Medal for Energy was awarded to Professor Graham Trevor Reed PhD FIET, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK.  Professor Reed is responsible for initiating the field of Silicon Photonics within the UK, and for pioneering research over a 25 year period.  Reed’s student Dr Andrew Rickman, founded Bookham Technology Plc (now Oclaro), and worked on Reed’s ideas of establishing a Silicon guided wave technology, subsequently adopted as the core business of Bookham, the first Silicon Photonics company in the world. In particular, Reed pioneered modulator development in silicon photonics, with seminal papers in 1994, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2011, and 2012, demonstrating a series of world firsts in silicon modulator performance, including the first high performance 40Gb/s and 50Gb/s devices.


  Christopher Hadfield photo

Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control was awarded to Mr Christopher Hadfield, formerly of John H Chapman Space Centre, Quebec, Canada. As the first Canadian commander of the International Space station, Christopher Hadfield became world famous for his newscasts which included many lectures and demonstrations to children. He once had a junior audience of over one million.  Before his Aerospace activities, Christopher  had an outstanding military career, reaching the top levels of recognition for his aeronautic skills.  Christopher has done much to popularise engineering and science, especially during his stint as Space Station commander and has become a national hero. He has advanced the cause and interest in engineering massively.


  Professor Christopher James FIET photo

Sir Monty Finniston Award for Achievement in any field of Engineering and Technology was awarded to Professor Christopher James FIET, Institute of Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick, UK.  Professor James has been an outstanding promoter of the biomedical engineering profession both within the UK and worldwide. He has successfully demonstrated excellent leadership throughout his academic career, both through internationally renowned research contributions and scientific publications, as well as tremendous volunteer efforts to various international professional bodies, including the IET and IEEE.  Professor  James has shown a particular affinity towards students and biomedical engineering trainees, which he has continuously and vividly demonstrated through numerous outreach activities for children, career enhancing events for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and reward through personal dedication of a prize for young professionals in biomedical engineering.


  Eur Ing Professor Richard Wilding OBE FIET

Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for Design & Production was awarded to Eur Ing Professor Dr Richard Wilding OBE FIET, Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management, UK.  Professor Wilding is an innovator and educator. He has championed and developed new approaches within the engineering supply chains of countless organisations through his technical leadership for over 20 years. His impact and service to business has been recognised internationally through industry awards and his recent OBE. By taking academic knowledge and creating action in industry his work on sustainable supply chain strategy, risk management and uncertainty, global sourcing, the development of collaborative relationships and process design are now commonly utilised by the engineering industry. The fact that 45,000 people subscribe to his online supply chain course further highlights his significant impact and influence.



IET Achievement Medals 2012    

  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 Dr Robert Pleming

The Coales Medal for Transport was awarded to Dr Robert Pleming, of the Vulcan Project, for his leadership of a small team who began in 1997 to successfully restore the Avro Vulcan XH558, the last flying representative embodying Britain’s jet aircraft leadership. Vulcan XH558 flew again, fourteen years after her RAF grounding, subsequently impressing more than 8 million people around the UK. During this time, Robert has helped to raise £14million towards this unique project. 


  Image of Prof Ramesh Agarwal

 The Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control was awarded to Professor Agarwal, William Palm Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St Louis, USA, for his pioneering development of Computational Fluid Dynamics methods and industrial grade codes and their ingenious applications to the analysis and design of all categories of actual flying air and space vehicles and for fundamental contributions to computational aeroacoustics, computational electromagnetics and  magnetohydrodynamics and rarefied gas dynamics.


  Image of Dr Meyya Meyyappan

The Sir Monty Finniston Award for Achievement in any field of Engineering and Technology was awarded to Dr Meyyappan, Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center, USA,  for achievements and leadership in nanotechnology and contributions to nanotechnology education.




  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.




 IET Achievement Medals 2011

Christos Christopoulos (photo) The Ambrose Fleming Medal for Information and Communications was awarded to Professor Christos Christopoulos, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK for his significant contributions to the scientific understanding of wave phenomena and their interactions with various industrial systems.
Christofer Toumazou photo The J J Thomson Medal for Electronics was awarded to Professor Christofer Toumazou, of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College, UK, for his innovative applications of silicon technology and integrated circuit design and successful applications of semiconductor technology to biomedicine and the life-sciences, most recently to DNA analysis, leading to striking innovations in the fields of genetics and molecular biology.
Ralf Speth photo The Mensforth Gold Medal was awarded to Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, for his success in turning the company round within a few years. Dr Speth will give the IET's 2012 Viscount Nuffield lecture.
Adrian Newey photo The Coales Medal for Transport was awarded to Mr Adrian Newey of Red Bull Racing, UK, who is the only person in history to have designed F1 World Championships winning cars for three different racing teams at McLaren, Williams and Red Bull.
John Armitt photo The Sarah Guppy Medal for the Built Environment was awarded to Mr John Armitt, Chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and their use post 2012. In this role, as in previous roles, he has demonstrated leadership of the highest order, controlling and reducing costs, applying best environmental practice and working effectively with Governments at the highest level.
Theodore Rapport photo The recipient of The Sir Monty Finniston Award 2011 is Professor Theodore Rappaport, Chair in Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas, USA, for his outstanding academic and industrial contributions over almost three decades in the field of wireless communication.




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2014 key dates


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


Submit an Achievement Medal nomination

2014 Online nomination form 


Related links

List of  Achievement Medal recipients (PDF)

Candidate Criteria Guidance (PDF)



IET Achievement Medal leaflet (PDF)