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IET Achievement Awards Ceremony
Thursday 24 October 2019: IET London | Savoy Place

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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.

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 2018

Paul Gosling   

Achievement Medal for sonar engineering to Dr Paul Gosling BSc DPhil CEng FIET, Vice President Engineering, Thales. Paul has made major contributions to the development of state-of-the-art sonar systems for Royal Navy ships and submarines. He is widely known for his expertise in Maritime Combat and Sonar Systems. He personally led the technical development of the Royal Navy's two principal sonar systems in operation today (sonar 2076 for submarines and 2087 for surface ships) and oversaw their entry into service. His wider naval systems roles involved him as an independent peer reviewer for several years on the Aircraft Carrier program. He has made major contributions to MOD's open systems initiatives through the Maritime Combat Systems Technical Authority.

Adrian Hilton  

Achievement Medal for computer vision engineering to Professor Adrian Hilton BSc(Hons) DPhil CEng FIET. Professor Hilton's research in 3D Computer Vision has pioneered world leading technologies including the first hand-held scanner for 3D object modelling. He developed the first robust method of fusing non-contact surface measurements to create virtual 3D object models. The research enabled the first commercial hand-held 3D scanner for object modelling. Volumetric fusion of surface measurements is now the standard approach for model reconstruction from depth, deployed as a consumer technology with the Microsoft Kinect depth sensor in 2011 and used in the Microsoft Hololens 2016 for online scene modelling in augmented reality. In 2004 he invented a technology for simultaneous video-rate capture of highly detailed facial shape and appearance using infrared pattern projection. Licenced to 3DMD, this technology is used for pre-surgical clinical assessment of cleft palette in children. This technology was also transferred to film-production industry (Framestore), as part of a Royal Society Industry Fellowship, for creation of digital doubles used in Oscar winning films (e.g. Gravity 2013).

Nabeel Riza  

Achievement Medal for photonics to Professor Nabeel Riza FIET, Chair Professor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University College Cork, Ireland. Professor Riza has made photonic design breakthroughs for over 30 years. He has pioneered and invented Liquid Crystal, Acousto-optic and Digital Micromirror Device-enabled smart and robust optically engineered module designs, including low loss fibre coupling models and resistive electrode liquid crystal lenses that have greatly advanced RF photonics antenna controls, optical fibre and optical wireless communications and optical imaging systems.


Achievement Medal for electronic engineering to Professor Alex Yakovlev MSc PhD DSc FIET CEng FREng FIEEE. He is Professor of Computing Systems Design at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University. Professor Yakovlev is an international pioneer of low-power asynchronous circuit design and automation. An academic leader in asynchronous digital design and his research theory and practice played a significant role in establishing this important field of electronics. The results of his research have been used by many UK and international electronic design companies. His innovations have substantially reduced time to market and production costs.

 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.
Image of Hugh Griffiths

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.
Image of Andreas F Molisch

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.




2019 Key date


The IET Achievement Awards Ceremony:
24 November 2019, 17:30 (GMT)


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