On 11 July 2019 at the Banqueting House in London, Bombardier were announced as winners of the MacRobert Award in the Prize’s 50th anniversary year. The Belfast-based company received the UK’s premier award for engineering innovation in recognition of their resin-infused advanced composite wing that minimises an aircraft’s environmental impact by reducing both weight and fuel burn in flight, and waste during manufacture – see
The other three finalists for the 50th anniversary MacRobert Award, announced in June 2019, were
• Darktrace (Cambridge) for Antigena, an AI-powered ‘self-healing’ cybersecurity system that can both identify and neutralise cyberattacks.
• M Squared (Glasgow), whose SolsTiS Titanium:Sapphire laser produces the world’s purest light and can be tuned across the spectrum – it is enabling new scientific discoveries and bringing about radical transformations in quantum computing, healthcare, navigation and climate change technology.
• OrganOx (Oxford) for creating the metra, a world-first device that can keep a human donor liver functioning outside the body for up to 24 hours prior to transplant.
Originally founded by the MacRobert Trust, the Award is now presented and run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers.
A party of 27 members and guests, led by the Master, visited the Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead 4-5 July. The purpose was to visit the Royal Research Ship, Sir David Attenborough (scurrilously referred to by some as Boaty Mcboatface) as she approaches the final stages of her build. It was a fascinating trip; and the image below shows the size and scale of the vessel in comparison with an oil rig and an RFA Tanker.
Following on from International Women in Engineering Day, today the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) 2019 have been publicly announced. The Master and Wardens would like to offer their sincere congratulations to:
Freeman Heather Clarke
who is one of the lucky winners. This year recognises female apprentices, past and present. Heather is an apprentice twice over as well as being a graduate engineer. The full list of winners can be found at: http://www.inwed.org.uk/we50-2019.html
INWED was celebrated yesterday, Sunday 23 June. Court Assistant Yuli Doulala-Rigby spent the day celebrating with 158 happy cadets at Chilwell.