Lord Browne of Madingley has made a final call for engineers around the world to enter the £1 million contest to win the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
Nominations for the prize, which recognises engineering achievements that are of global benefit to humanity, opened in February. So far entries have been received from across the international engineering community.
Lord Browne, chair of the trustees of the prize, said: “The bar is set extremely high for our inaugural prize. We are entering the final straight as far as the nominations process is concerned, and I am keen to get the message out that it isn’t too late to enter for this prestigious prize.
“What has been apparent from the entries we’ve received so far is that engineering is truly a global discipline. We have received high-quality nominations from all four corners of the globe, and the judging panel will have their work cut out when it comes to choosing our first-ever winner.”
Paul Westbury, one of the judges, said: “As a passionate supporter of engineering, it has been a real pleasure to spread the word about the prize to the science, technology and engineering communities, all of whom have expressed great excitement at its inception and the role that it will play in raising the profile of this essential profession.
“This prize has clearly captured the engineering world’s imagination and I personally cannot wait for the judging process to begin.”
The judging panel for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering includes:
- Professor Brian Cox OBE – Fellow of the Institute of Physics
- Diane Greene – Director of Intuit and director of Google in the US
- Dr Charles Vest – President of the National Academy of Engineering in the US
- Narayana Murthy – Founder of Infosys, India
- Paul Westbury – Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and chief executive of Buro Happold
- Professor Choon Fong Shih – President of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia
- Deng Nan – Vice-minister of the State Science and Technology Commission, China.
The winner, or winners, will be presented with their award by the Queen at a ceremony to be held in May 2013 at Buckingham Palace in London.
Nominations for the prize close at 5pm on 14 September 2012.
- To find out more about the prize and to make your nomination, see qeprize.org/nominate