Professor Dame Julia Higgins DBE FREng FRS is awarded the Sir Frank Whittle Medal for her sustained excellence in designing, analysing and modifying polymer materials. She is internationally recognised as one of the preeminent polymer engineers of her generation. Julia Higgins’ work has provided some of the tools to help design processes and control properties for these difficult to mix materials. Her work is also very relevant to the current problems of recycling plastics and why so much effort has been put into separating the different plastic materials in our waste bins.
Awards given by the Royal Academy of Engineering celebrate engineering excellence and seek to recognise and reward the very best of engineering talent, from those whose achievements have a huge impact on society to early career engineers disrupting their fields of expertise.
Recognised for demonstrating excellence early in his career, Sorin Popa, CEO of Pathfinder Medical, is awarded the Sir George Macfarlane Medal for inventing and developing a novel device to allow haemodialysis and even arterial bypasses to be performed without invasive surgery.
The full list of medal and award winners announced today are:
Prince Philip Medal, awarded to an engineer who has made an exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole through practice, management or education
President’s Medal, awarded to an Academy Fellow who has greatly contributed to the Academy’s work and aims
Silver Medals, awarded for an outstanding personal contribution to UK engineering by an early to mid-career engineer resulting in market exploitation
Colin Campbell Mitchell Award, awarded to engineers who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of any field of UK engineering
Rooke Award, awarded for the public promotion of engineering
Sir Frank Whittle Medal, awarded for outstanding and sustained achievement in any engineering discipline
Sir George Macfarlane Medal, awarded to a UK engineer who has demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their career
RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineers of the Year, supported by the Worshipful Company of Engineers
Professor Raffaella Ocone OBE FREng FRSE, Chair of the Academy’s Awards Committee, says:
“Engineering underpins our daily lives, and these awards acknowledge and celebrate engineers and engineering achievements that are often hidden from public view.
These engineers help to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges in fields spanning medical, civil, digital, and materials, and deserve to be celebrated for the work they do.”
For more information, please contact Victoria Runcie at the Royal Academy of Engineering.