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Press release

Europe’s biggest engineering body welcomes £1m engineering prize

29 February 2012

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) welcomes today’s opening of nominations on the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. The engineering award, the world’s largest at £1million, invites nominations from all over the world, celebrating the greatest engineering feats that benefit humankind.

Dr Mike Short, IET President, added: “I consider this to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize which helped to put scientists and their work on the map. This initiative is also a great opportunity to say that there is an exciting and meaningful range of roles for engineers, whether it’s space engineering or medical engineering and everything in between. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering goes a long way in rewarding and highlighting not just the amazing and vital advances that are being achieved, but how our society depends upon it.”

Nigel Fine said: “An award such as the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a very important way of acknowledging and rewarding those who have created real outstanding benefits to humankind. In the UK, the Prize will also entice and enthuse a new generation of men and women into the wide variety of engineering roles that provide rewarding careers for many – and which is vital to the robust health of our economy.”

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Katie Stanton
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Notes to editors:

Notes to editors:
 Expert Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) spokespeople are available for interview.
 The IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with 150,000 members in 127 countries.
 The IET date back to 1871 and has offices in Europe, Asia and the US.
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