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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 six Achievement Medals are awarded each year, to individuals for excellence in any area of engineering, technology or applied science.


IET Achievement Medals 2015

Image of Rachel Hurst   Rachel Hurst, Group Operations Director with Domino Printing Services plc. UK, has been awarded and 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 David Hutchins   Professor David Hutchins BSc PhD FBINDT FIET, School of Engineering, University of Warwick UK is awarded for his seminal contributions to the application of innovative ultrasound technologies to industrial problems. These include nuclear safety, the prevention of accidents in deep hard-rock mines and non-destructive evaluation and instrumentation for a future Mars lander. His work has also involved electrostatic and optical technologies, demonstrating a wide range of interests and additional impact in remote security screening for explosives and contraband, and the estimation of food quality.
Image of Ron Logan   Dr Ronald T Logan Jr, Chief Technologist and Senior Director of Opto-Electronics Division, Glenair Inc., USA, a leader in RF-photonic systems. He led the development of the Fiber Optic Towed Decoy system currently deployed in fighter aircrafts and his RF-photonic system was deployed in the Space Shuttle Radar Topography Mission in 2000. He identified Stimulated Brillouin Scattering as a principal impediment in multi-carrier RF-photonic systems, and devised a mitigating solution universally employed today in all broadband CATV and cable modem internet access networks around the world.
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.
Image of Michael Shur   Achievement Medal to Professor Michael Shur FIET, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA and co-founder of Sensor Electronic Technology Inc. Shur developed the deep UV LEDs for applications including sterilization of medical equipment and water purification, increasing plant yield and produce storage time. The potential market for deep UV LEDs is estimated at $US billion per year. His award winning educational work and patented Lab-on-the-WEB (deployed worldwide) enable students to have hands-on engineering instruction. More recently, Shur applied this technology for educating learning disabled students.


 IET Achievement Medals 2014

Image of Alfonso Farina

Dr Alfonso Farina FIET FREng FIEEE received  his doctoral degree in electronic engineering from the University of Rome in 1973. In 1974 he joined Selenia, now Selex ES, where he has been a manager since 1988. He was Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and Director of Engineering in the Large Business Systems Division. In 2012 he was the Chief Technology Officer of the Company, reporting directly to the President. Today he is Senior Advisor to the CTO of Selex ES.

He has given technical contributions and innovations to radar systems design, detection, signal, data and image processing and fusion for some of the main radar systems conceived, designed and developed in the Company. He has provided leadership in many projects in surveillance for ground and naval applications, in airborne early warning and in imaging radar.

He is the author of more than 550 peer reviewed technical publications, 5 books, 25 book chapters, 32 NATO LS and 12 tutorials at international radar and data fusion conferences. He has supervised over 200 theses in engineering and for decades he has served as a mentor for students, engineers and colleagues. He has received twenty distinguished honours/awards related to his major scientific and industrial achievements.

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Keith Hayler CEng FIET joined the BBC from school as a Technical Assistant in 1973. He then progressed through various operational roles in both radio and television before moving to engineering projects. A key project milestone in his early career was the management of the replacement of the BBC’s digital distribution network for network radio. He was involved in the early deployment of the BBC digital radio (DAB) pilot network in the mid-90’s before becoming the technical lead for the roll-out of the BBC and OnDigital multiplexes at the 1998 launch of UK digital TV (then working for the privatised Crown Castle International). Following the commercial failure of ITV Digital, Keith then filled the technical lead role a second time for the re-launch as the now familiar Freeview. Since then he has undertaken a Principal Technologist role for the company, progressing through National Grid Wireless and Arqiva guises, representing them on numerous DVB, DTG and other working groups. He has been particularly influential in the technical development of Freeview and the success of digital switchover through involvement in both the DTG and TDN/DMOL (the predecessor to Digital UK). Now semi-retired, he chairs the DTG Technical Oversight Group.

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Professor Bahram Jalali FIEEE joined the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA in 1993 after 4 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a Fellow of IEEE and of the Optical Society of America and recipient of the R.W. Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America for the invention and demonstration of the Silicon Raman Laser. In 2005 he was elected into the Scientific American Top 50, and received the BrideGate 20 Award in 2001 for his entrepreneurial accomplishments. He served as a consultant to Intel Corporation from 2001-2003. Dr. Jalali serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center. He has published over 350 journal and conference papers and 7 patents.

He is awarded an Achievement Medal for pioneering contributions to silicon photonics and real-time, high throughput instrumentation and their application in cancer detection. Dr Jalali established the foundation for silicon photonics.  He was responsible for the first demonstration of most nonlinear optical effects in Si, such as mid-IR gain, white-light generation, wavelength conversion, and two-photon photovoltaic effect. This laid the foundation for nonlinear Si photonics.  


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Professor Barrie Mecrow FIET is Professor of Electrical Power Engineering and head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University, UK.  His research interests include fault tolerant drives, high performance PM machines and novel switched reluctance drives. He is actively involved with industry in the aerospace, automotive and consumer product sectors, who fund a large range of projects. Barrie commenced his career as a turbo-generator design engineer with NEI Parsons, England.  He became a lecturer at the University of Newcastle in 1987 and a professor in 1998. In addition to his research interests he cares passionately about provision of high quality electrical engineering education in UK universities.

His work has resulted in 16 patents, with 13 jointly owned with industrial partners.  He is a founder of the IET’s E3 Academy and is an internationally respected figurehead and leader for his sector, driving standards and impact in teaching, research and commercial innovation.

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Professor Alan Murray BSc PhD CEng FIET FIPEM CSci is Professor of Cardiovascular Physics and Strategic Research Advisor in the Medical Faculty of Newcastle University. Previously he was Clinical and Academic Director responsible for NHS Medical Physics and Bioengineering services to 11 north of England hospitals. He studied in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and held a joint appointment at Edinburgh University and the Royal Infirmary before moving to Newcastle.

He has made significant contributions to Medical Device research, development, design and clinical use. He has published over 300 scientific research papers, edited two leading international journals, and currently edits Computing in Cardiology. He chairs the Journal Committee of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering, where he is an Honorary Life Member. He has been active on numerous European and International medical device standards committees, and has collaborated with many leading medical device companies. He holds the patent for a blood pressure device manufactured in the UK. Safety has been a particular interest, and one of his books Medical Devices: Use and Safety has been republished in India and translated into Mandarin Chinese.

He acknowledges the enormous benefit, stimulation and enjoyment he has derived from working with so many wonderful dedicated clinical and scientific colleagues.


IET Achievement Medals 2013

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.
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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2016 Key dates


The IET Achievement Awards Ceremony:
16 November 2016, 13:00 (GMT)


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Submissions are closed for 2016


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List of  Achievement Medal recipients (PDF)

Candidate criteria guidance (PDF)



IET Achievement Medals leaflet (PDF)