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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.

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


IET Achievement Medals 2017  

Image of William Drury   The IET Achievement Medal for power electronics is awarded to Dr William Drury BSc PhD CEng FIET SMIEEE JP. Dr Drury is a world leading expert in power electronic control of electrical machines. He is distinguished for outstanding, innovative contributions to electric drives. His contributions enabled Control Techniques to become a technology leader in power conversion and speed control, the fourth largest European drives company. His innovations are now used by the majority of motor control manufacturers. Dr Drury is a highly influential driver of university/industry relations in the UK’s Engineering community. He is committed to developing engineering skills through the E3 Academy and degree accreditation and is passionate about energy efficiency, drives, electric transport and renewable energy.
Image of Kevin T Foster   The IET Achievement Medal for broadband innovation and engineering is awarded to Kevin T. Foster CEng FIET, BT. Kevin Foster has profoundly influenced the evolution of broadband access technology. Broadband delivered via Digital Subscriber Line technology has become the 4th utility. Mr Foster's work has changed the way people in the UK live, by contributing to the realisation of large scale broadband. He has played a leading part though his personal technical contributions and his leadership roles in the global standards arena.
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The IET Achievement Medal for Radar Engineering is awarded to Professor Hugh Griffiths FIET. Professor Griffiths is recognised as a world leader in the subject of bistatic radar. He has pioneered the development of bistatic radar and advanced the theory and implementation of passive radar which are evidenced by successful experimentations, a large volume of highly- cited papers, and recognition by the THALES/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair, the IET A F Harvey Prize, and the IEEE Picard Medal. Professor Griffiths currently leads a research programme to measure the bistatic radar signatures of sea clutter and targets. He has led research on waveform diversity, cognitive radar, spectrum engineering, drone detection, and ground penetrating radar for landmine detection, within impacting international organisations such as NATO. He has truly made outstanding, pioneering contributions to in the field of radar.
Image of Gareth Hankins   The IET Achievement Medal (Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal) for Manufacturing is awarded to Honorary Professor Gareth Hankins MIET, Renishaw Plc. Gareth Hankins has made significant contributions to manufacturing, over a period of the last ten years he has developed the highly flexible UK manufacturing operations servicing Renishaw Plc’s overwhelmingly international £500m per annum volatile 5-week order book business. He has achieved this through a deep strategic understanding of manufacturing disciplines, standardisation of equipment and processes, a culture of empowerment and data driven continual process improvement. He also nurtures engineering talent, with a strong focus on apprenticeships and graduate entrants.
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The IET Achievement Medal for wireless communications is awarded to Professor Andreas F Molisch FIET, Professor and Solomon-Golomb – Andrew-and-Erna-Viterbi Chair, University of Southern California. Over the last 20 years Professor Molisch has made major contributions to wireless communications, bridging industry and academia, and furthered interest in wireless communications through textbooks and tutorials. Professor Molisch is one of the world's leading experts on wireless propagation channels. He created the "double-directional channel model" that has become the standard modeling approach for describing MIMO channels. Professor Molisch has made profound contributions to the field of wireless communications. His work will potentially be part of the 5G standard, paving the way for future generations of wireless communication.


IET Achievement Medals 2016

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.

Quote by Dr Ian Nussey OBE, Awards and Prizes Committee
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.

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Professor Mark Williams BEng(Hons) MSc PhD CEng FIMechE, Product Evaluation Technologies Group Leader, University of Warwick is awarded the Achievement Medal for Forensic Engineering.

Quote by Dr Ian Nussey OBE, Awards and Prizes Committee
Professor Mark 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.

Image of Professor Moeness G Amin PhD MSc BSc FIET  

Professor Moeness G Amin PhD MSc BSc FIET, Director of the Centre for Advanced Communications, Villanova University, USA has been awarded the Achievement Medal for Radar and Signal Processing.

Professor Amin has led the development of Through-the-Wall Radar Imaging for civilian and defence applications, enabling detection, tracking, and classification of animate and inanimate targets behind walls and inside enclosed structures using full and compressed data observations. He pioneered anti-jam GPS techniques that allow accurate user positioning and velocity estimation in hostile environments. His work in wireless communications has led to improved quality of service in both cellular systems and wideband communication signal platforms through advances in interference mitigation, space-time coding, and cooperative diversity.

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Dr John A Frangos, President and CEO, La Jolla Bioengineering Institute, USA has been awarded the Achievement Medal for Bioengineering.

Dr Frangos is a pioneer in the field of mechanochemical signal transduction in the cardiovascular and skeletal systems. He has established the molecular basis of mechanochemical signal transduction and this work has laid the foundation for the new and emerging field of mechanobiology.

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Dr Michael Aldred, Electronics Category Lead, Dyson is awarded the Achievement Medal for his work in the field of Robotics.

Dyson technical manager, Dr Aldred, has been developing vision-based robotic navigation technologies for nearly twenty years. The fifty-strong robotics team he has recruited develops algorithms in a state-of-the-art autonomous robotic laboratory whose building he oversaw. Their software played a significant part in last year's market introduction of the Dyson 360Eye, the first mass market autonomic robotic vacuum cleaner to be designed and developed in the UK. Meeting the company's highest standards, the 360Eye is also seeding other products. Dr Aldred champions Dyson-supported research at Imperial College London and the University of Bath, promotes Innovate UK SME funding and supports staff looking to become chartered engineers.


IET Achievement Medals 2015

Image of Rachel Hurst   Rachel Hurst, Group Operations Director with Domino Printing Services plc. UK, has been awarded an IET Achievement Medal (Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal) for Manufacturing. 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.

2018 Key date


The IET Achievement Awards Ceremony:
14 November 2018, 13:00 (GMT)


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List of  Achievement Medal recipients (PDF)