The second winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QE Prize) will be awarded today to Dr Robert Langer by Her Majesty The Queen. The prestige of a royal ceremony is truly fitting for a £1 million engineering prize that rewards and celebrates the engineers responsible for a ground-breaking innovation.
BAE Systems recognises the need to celebrate global advances in engineering that have made a real difference to our lives and has supported the QE Prize since its inception. Engineering is the life blood of BAE Systems and we understand its role at the heart of technological innovation, playing an ever increasing role in helping to solve the world’s most vexing problems. The QE Prize celebrates ground-breaking innovation in engineering and elevates the profile of engineering to that of the Nobel disciplines whilst at the same time raising the public profile of the profession. Through our association with the QE Prize we aim to showcase the rich and diverse range of fulfilling career options in the engineering and inspire the next generation of engineers, something we are passionate about.
This year’s winner Dr Langer was the first person to engineer polymers to control the delivery of large molecular weight drugs for the treatment of diseases such as cancer and mental illness. Over 2 billion lives have been improved worldwide by the technologies that Dr Langer’s lab has created. BAE Systems warmly congratulates Dr Robert Langer on his achievements.
Today’s presentation coincides with the Create the Future Report revealing international attitudes towards engineering and the recognising the work still needed to change perceptions of engineering and value it creates. We thoroughly support the report findings. http://qeprize.org/createthefuture/
3D Printed trophies
This year we had the privilege of making the winners’ trophy, ‘The Golden Crown’, using 3D printing technology. This trophy, to be presented by Her Majesty the Queen later today, was designed by Euan Fairholm from Edinburgh who won 2014 Create the Trophy Competition. Euan is an future engineer currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow University.
The complexity of Euan’s design made it virtually impossible to manufacture using more conventional ‘processing so we used 3D printing technology to produce the intricate design. You can read more about this process in our feature page or by clicking on this video for a fascinating insight into the process:
More about the QE Prize
The inaugural Prize was awarded in 2013 by Her Majesty The Queen to the five engineers who made seminal contributions to the fundamental architecture of the Internet and Worldwide Web: Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen. Their work has revolutionised the way in which we communicate and enabled the creation of whole new industries.
The QEPrize is run by a team based at the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK. It is funded by donations from corporate donors: BAE Systems plc, BG Group, BP plc, GlaxoSmithKline, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid plc, Shell UK Ltd, Siemens UK, Sony, Tata Steel Europe, Tata Consultancy Services and Toshiba. Nissan Motor Light Truck Company became a donor in January 2014