2015 - 2021 winners
Meet our Princess Royal Silver Medal award winners from 2015 onwards.
Dr Tom Carter - CTO of Ultraleap
Dr Tom Carter invented a technology that uses ultrasound to create tactile sensations on bare hands. Sound waves from a collection of small ultrasonic speakers are focused onto the user’s hands, causing the skin to vibrate and elicit the sensation of touch.
Dr Andrew Lynn - CEO of Fluidic Analytics
Dr Andrew Lynn is a materials engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. He has founded four engineering companies based around his innovations, and brought several technologies to market, including a regenerative medical implant for cartilage and bone repair.
Dr Sithamparanathan Sabesan - CEO of PervasID Ltd
PervasID, backed by leading strategic investors such as Stanley Black & Decker, is the result of Dr Sabesan’s ground-breaking work as a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. His work in battery-free radio frequency identification (RFID) tag tracking has been internationally recognised and has resulted in four patents.
Michael Bronstein - Head of Graph Learning Research, Twitter and Professor, Imperial College London
Michael Bronstein has developed pioneering methods of graph deep learning, a new class of AI algorithms allowing to perform machine learning on complex systems of relations of interactions such as molecules, biological interactomes, and social networks. Graph deep learning models have been successfully applied to a broad range of fields, from particle physics to drug development and the detection of ‘fake news’.
Esther Rodriguez-Villegas - Professor of Low Power Electronics, Imperial College London
Esther Rodriguez-Villegas has created wearable devices for the diagnosis and management of respiratory conditions using pioneering low-power integrated circuit design. Her ultra-low power circuits have also been used in miniature brain monitoring systems to improve the welfare of animals in medical research.
Jamie Shotton - Partner Director of Science, Microsoft
Jamie Shotton was the leading engineer behind the machine learning that drives the human body motion capture system in Microsoft’s Kinect, which won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award in 2011.
Dr Daniel Elford - CTO, Sonobex
Dr Daniel Elford is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sonobex Ltd, a company that is developing acoustic metamaterials to address noise pollution problems. He was awarded an Academy Enterprise Fellowship in 2012, and has raised over £1.2 million in funding for his innovation. He became an Academy Enterprise Hub SME Leader in 2018.
Jennifer Griffiths MBE - Founder and CEO, Snaptech
Jennifer Griffiths’ innovation, Snap Tech, works with retailers, social media and publishers to help customers quickly find and compare fashion items online. Retailers can use Snap Tech’s ‘Snap Similar’ button to show customers clothes that match the colour or cut of others they have browsed. Publishers can make use of ‘Snap the Look’ to tell readers where to find a whole outfit from a single photo, along with where to find similar outfits.
Professor Paul Newman FREng - Founder and CTO, Oxbotica
Professor Newman, BP Professor of Information Engineering, University of Oxford has been writing autonomous vehicle algorithms for 20 years. Since 1999 he has worked on the core ideas that underpin autonomous vehicles worldwide. His work has been fundamental in enabling the operation of the autonomous sub-sea vehicles that dealt with the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dr Jade Algalve - Reader, University College London Principle Engineer, Arm Ltd
Dr Jade Algalve has been awarded the Silver Medal for her fundamental work in concurrency, which is widely regarded as one of the most complicated areas of computer science. Her work is conceptually innovative and breathes new life into modelling the behaviour of computer hardware and software.
Dr Iain Scott - Capability Manager, Leonardo MW Ltd
Dr Iain Scott has been awarded the Silver Medal for for his leadership and vision to create Leonardo MW's Vixen-E family of active electronically scanned array airborne radar products, which are now a major UK export success worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
Professor Chris Sutcliffe - University of Liverpool; Research and Development Director, Renishaw
Professor Chris Sutcliffe has been awarded the Silver Medal for his work and inventions within manufacturing/3D Printing over the past 20 years. Which led to the development of the Tritanium implant technology produced by laser and electron beam powder-bed fusion.
Billy Boyle - CEO, Owlstone Medial
Billy Boyle has been awarded the Silver Medal for his pioneering invention of a programmable ‘breathalyser’ for disease. Billy and his team are pioneering the field of breath biomarkers, demonstrating how lives can be saved, patient outcomes improved and treatment costs reduced.
Rob Bishop and Dr Zehan Wang
Two UK engineers, Rob Bishop and Dr Zehan Wang, who developed a machine learning technology now used by Twitter to help deliver high-quality media to millions of users worldwide received a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in recognition of their work. Rob and Zehan founded Magic Pony Technology in 2014, working together to develop a system that uses machine learning to enable more efficient delivery of images and videos on mobile devices.
David Silver - Principal Research Scientist, DeepMind
Dr David Silver has been awarded the Silver Medal for his work on reinforcement learning, leading a team to develop AlphaGo. One of the key engineering brains behind the phenomenally successful artificial intelligence company DeepMind. Dr David Silver, Principal Research Scientist at DeepMind, has changed the face of adaptive control through his ground-breaking research.
Dr Damian Gardiner - Research Scientist/Business Development Manager, Johnson Matthey
Dr Damian Gardiner is taking the world of product authentication by storm, with his Cambridge University start-up company ilumink Limited acquired by Johnson Matthey’s Process Technologies Division in 2015. They were keen to adopt his unique method of printing ‘liquid crystal’ material onto any surface using an ink-jet printer. This method is secure, economical and ideal for security-tagging products, from cosmetics and perfumes to drugs and banknotes.
Dr Demis Hassabis Co-founder and CEO, DeepMind
Dr Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO of Google’s DeepMind subsidiary, is recognised for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence following a number of breakthroughs for DeepMind, which was founded in 2010 and acquired by Google in 2014. Notably, the organisation’s AlphaGo project this year successfully beat the world’s number one Go player, in a contest in Seoul, watched online by 280 million viewers, and long seen as a grand challenge of AI research.
Professor Tong Sun - Professor of Sensor Engineering, City University London
Professor Tong Sun is an international leader in the use of optical fibre sensors to monitor sensitive equipment, particularly in extreme conditions. Currently Director of the Photonics and Instrumentation Research Centre at City University London, she was the first female Professor to be appointed at the university’s School of Engineering (as it then was) in its 100-year history.
Dr Susannah Clarke - Co-founder of Embody Orthopaedics
Dr Susannah Clarke is Founder and Director of Embody Orthopaedic, a spinout from Imperial College London, which is pioneering a new type of 3D printed technology to revolutionise joint replacements. Susannah came up with the idea of using a 3D printer to make fully customisable surgical instruments at the click of a button when she was completing a PhD in orthopaedics at Imperial College London and studying the ways that hip implants fail due to being poorly positioned in patients.
Dr Don Syme Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge
Dr Don Syme is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, where he works to improve the tools available to programmers worldwide, helping them create the building blocks of the virtual world more effectively. Don joined Microsoft Research in the late 1990s, and has since achieved repeated success in bringing improvements in programming languages to millions of developers.
Dr Andy Ward Founder and Chief Technology Officer at UbiSense
Dr Andy Ward is the inventor of an indoor location system now making car factories smart.Inspired by the different uses that RADAR was put to after World War II and the unreliability of GPS indoors, Andy was an early proponent of ultra wide band (UWB) radio for accurate in-building positioning. Andy co-founded Ubisense, a location intelligence provider, in 2002 to develop a solution that could track individual items in a factory and automate the processes between them.
Previous winners 1995 - 2014
Peter Brewin and Will Crawford
Co-founders and Directors, Concrete Canvas
Professor Dino Distefano
Co-Founder and CEO, Monoidics; Software Engineer, Facebook; Professor of Software Verification at Queen Mary University of London
Professor Máire O'Neill
Professor of Information Security, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen's University Belfast
Director and former Chief Engineer of the Trent XWB, Rolls-Royce
Dr Andrew Fitzgibbon
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, Cambridge
Managing Director, Mountain Trike Company Ltd
Dr Eben Upton
Trustee and Technical Director, Raspberry Pi Foundation; Technical Director, Broadcom Corp Cambridge
Chief Executive Officer, blinkx plc
Technical Director, Head of Bridge Design and Technology, Highways and Transportation, Atkins
Design Authority for Falcon Communications System, BAE Systems, Defence Information
Professor Florin Udrea
Professor of Semiconductor Device Engineering at Cambridge University; Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge CMOS Sensors
Dr Shaun Fitzgerald
Managing Director, Breathing Buildings Ltd
Dr Karin Hing
Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, Queen Mary, University of London
Principal, King Shaw Associates
Professor Eric Yeatman
Professor of Micro-Engineering, Imperial College London and Chairman, Microsaic Systems plc
Colin Tregenza Dancer
Director of Architecture, Metaswitch Networks
Dr Andrew Harter
Chief Executive Officer, RealVNC Ltd
Roger Ridsdill Smith
Dr Nicholas Longfield
Lead Engineer, Corus Strip Products UK
Dr Rob Buckingham and Andrew Graham
Managing Director and Technical Director, OC Robotics
Professor Andrew Livingston FREng
Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
Dr Ian Pratt
Vice President of Advanced Products, Citrix Systems
Professor Nicholas Warrior
Head of Polymer Composites Group and Head of Division of Materials, Mechanics and Structures, University of Nottingham
Dr Barbara Lane
Associate Director with engineering consultancy Arup
Paul Westbury FREng
Partner and Director of engineering consultancy Buro Happold
Dr Adrian Travis
Senior Scientist at Microsoft Corporation
Head of Rotating Equipment for Shell Exploration and Production in Eur
Professor Chris Wise FREng
Director, Expedition Engineering
Professor Gehan Amaratunga FREng
Head of Electronics, Power and Energy Conversion, University of Cambridge
Professor Nigel Brandon
Shell Professor of Sustainable development in Energy, Imperial College London
Professor Christofer Toumazou
Chief Scientist and Executive Director, The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London
Dr Simon Gallimore
Chief of Turbine Thermofluids Systems Engineering, Rolls-Royce plc
Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Oxford
Dr Ian McEwan
Engineer and entrepreneur
Professor Andrew Blake
Senior Research Scientist, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Consultant Architect, Nortel
Technical Manager of Core Technology, BOC Edwards
Research Technology and Engineering Director, Thales UK's aerospace business
Director of Engineering and Technology, company's Civil Aerospace sector
Partner, Buro Happold Consulting Engineers
Drilling Technology Portfolio Leader, BP
Professor Christopher Snowden, FREng, CEng, FIEE, FIEEE
CEO, Filtronic ICS and Professor, University of Leeds
Co-founder, Surgical Innovations
Stephen Furber FREng FRS
ICL Professor of Computer Engineering, University of Manchester
Andy Hopper FREng
Professor of Communication Engineering, University of Cambridge
Dr Ian Mays
Managing Director, Renewable Energy Systems
Richard Williams FREng
Anglo America plc Professor of Mineral and Process Engineering, University of Leeds
Dr Andrew Rickman
Chairman, Bookham Technology plc
Head of the BTexact Intelligent Systems team, Adastral Park
Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge; Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Cambridge Display Technology Ltd
Director of Engineering and Technology - Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce plc
Professor Henry Beker FREng
Founder and former Chairman of Baltimore Technologies plc
Professor Howard Hodson
Professor of Aerothermal Technology, University of Cambridge
Dr Neil Harvey
Turbine Aerothermal Specialist, Rolls-Royce plc
WebSphere Architect, IBM UK plc
Business Manager, Advanced Process Systems, AEA Technology
Dr Andrew Nelson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, IQE plc
Professor Albert Rodger
Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Aberdeen
Dr Robert Skidmore
Managing Director, SciMed Limited
Professor Roger Falconer FREng
Hyder Professor of Environmental Water Management, Cardiff University
Director, Advent Communications Ltd
Professor Michael Kelly FREng
Head of School of Electronic Engineering, Information Technology & Mathematics, University of Surrey
Dr Krishna Persaud
Senior Lecturer, Department of Instrumentation and Analytical Science, UMIST
Professor Peter Denyer
Co-founder and Managing Director, VISION Group plc
Project Director, Freelander, Rover Group Ltd
Dr Martin Grant
Managing Director, W S Atkins Oil and Gas
Dr Richard Jardine
Reader in Soil Mechanics, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Dr Graham Honeyman
Managing Director, Forged Rolls UK Ltd.
Dr Richard Laming
Reader and Royal Society Research Fellow; Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton
Dr Julian Packer
Managing Director, Combined Power Systems Ltd.
Chief Engineer, Trent 800 Programme, Rolls-Royce Aerospace Group
Professor John McCanny FREng
Professor of Microelectronics Engineering, Queen's University, Belfast
Senior Project Engineer, Cleveland Structural Engineering
Technical and Quality Director of Aerospace Group Engineering, Rolls-Royce plc
Process Development Manager, Davy Process Technology Ltd.
Peter Head FREng
Director, G. Maunsell and Partners
Professor Martin Sweeting OBE FREng
Managing Director and CEO, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd; Professor of Satellite Engineering, University of Surrey