Our IET 2020 Achievement Awards winners and finalists

Winners of an IET Achievement Medal

Professor Sean Gong DPhil FIET

Shortlisted for an Achievement Medal for Vision Engineering, Professor Sean Gong DPhil FIET is Professor of Visual Computation and the Director of the Computer Vision Group at Queen Mary University London. 

Professor Gong is a pioneer and leading researcher on visual surveillance based on computer vision, artificial intelligence, machine learning and video analysis.  His innovative research is being employed daily in forensic analysis and surveillance for security and crime prevention. 

It is recognised by law enforcement and the security industry both in the UK and abroad as demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in contributing to public safety.

Professor Margaret Lucas FRSE

Shortlisted for an Achievement Medal for Ultrasonic Technology, Professor Margaret Lucas FRSE for her world-leading research in ultrasonic surgical devices and high-power ultrasonics applications. 

Her research in surgical devices has enhanced the design and performance of ultrasonic surgical tools for tissue and bone surgery, the latter having applications to orthopaedic, orthodontic, and maxillofacial procedures. 

In 2006, Professor Lucas became the first female Professor in the field of Engineering at the University of Glasgow.  As Head of Division for more than 8 years she more than doubled academic staff numbers and drastically improved research income. 

Professor Lucas is a founder and inaugural Director of the Centre for Medical & Industrial Ultrasonics at the University of Glasgow, an internationally leading centre attracting partnerships with UK and international academic groups, industry and NHS.

Dr Paul Needham PhD CEng FIET

Shortlisted for the Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for Manufacturing, Professor Paul Needham PhD CEng FIET has over 35 years’ international experience in aerospace design and manufacture engineering across multiple aircraft platforms and is internationally recognised in this field.

Paul is the Head of Engineering for the largest military programme in the world today, supporting the build of the F35 aircraft around the globe and is recognised in the field of design for manufacture.

He was recently involved in resolving a significant challenge for F35 and his involvement resulted in the invention of an innovative manufacturing process. 

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield, where he chairs the Industrial Advisory Panel and gives frequent lectures and keynote speeches.

Paul invented a manufacturing process that significantly reduced its occurrence.

Professor Molly Stevens FRS FREng

Shortlisted for an Achievement Medal for Biomedical Engineering, Professor Molly Stevens FRS FREng is a world-leading scientist heading a research program at Imperial College London. 

Professor Stevens has made numerous ground-breaking advances based on the elucidation of the bio-interfaces to develop designer biomaterials for myriad applications in biosensing and regenerative medicine. 

She is Director of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform “Smart Acellular Materials” Hub and Deputy Director of the EPSRC IRC in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases. 

Molly Stevens is Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine and Research Director for Biomedical Materials Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London.

Dr Mallik Tatipamula FIET

Shortlisted for an Achievement Medal for Telecommunications, Dr Mallik Tatipamula FIET for his outstanding contributions to the global telecommunication industry through practical innovations and implementations that enabled 2G to 3G, 3G to 4G and now 4G to 5G migrations. 

He has made significant contributions to the promotion of telecom/networking technologies through keynotes/lectures, industry and academia partnerships, mentoring, industry alliances and professional service. 

Currently, as a CTO, Silicon Valley & Group Function Technologies & Architectures, Ericsson, Dr Mallik leads the evolution of Ericsson’s technology and champion the company’s next phase of innovation and growth. He is also a visiting Professor at King’s College London.

He has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in 2020 and received Univ. of California, Berkeley’s Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation Award in 2019 for his outstanding contributions to the field of Telecommunications.

Finalists of an IET Achievement Medal

Professor Kenneth Grattan OBE FREng FIET

Shortlisted for an IET Achievement Medal in Photonic and Optical Fibre Measurement, Professor Kenneth Grattan OBE FREng FIET. 

Professor Grattan is internationally acknowledged for his outstanding and highly influential research contributions in the creation and use of innovative photonic and optical fibre measurement, sensor and instrumentation techniques. 

His contribution is making a positive impact through creating novel optical fibre-based solutions for many challenging and hazardous situations for industrial applications worldwide.

Dr Neil Siegel

Shortlisted for an IET Achievement Medal in Systems Engineering, Dr Neil Siegel is recognised for his contributions and achievements in defence program management and innovative systems engineering whilst he was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Northrop Grumman Inc, a major US defence company. 

Dr Siegel led the engineering front on many successful fielded military intelligence, and commercial systems, including the US Blue-Force Tracker, the Army’s first unmanned aerial vehicle, and the Forward-Area Air Defense system. 

Dr Siegel is at present the IBM Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California.


Shortlisted for an IET Achievement Medal in Metamaterial, Dr Xin Zhang FAAAS FAIMBE FAPS FASME FIEEE FNAI FOSA is a Professor at Boston University.

Dr Zhang’s ground-breaking work on metamaterials, both acoustic metamaterials that enable highly efficient, air-permeable sound silencing and noise reduction for myriad defence and industrial applications, making the world quieter by addressing long-standing noise issues in a wide range of mechanical systems, and magnetic metamaterials that markedly boost magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal-to-noise ratio and thus significantly improve the performance of MRI, has drawn significant worldwide interest from the scientific community and industry.

Dr Zhang is an Elected Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, APS, ASME, IEEE, NAI and OSA, and Director of both the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers Sites at Boston University.

Winner of the IET Achievement Medal for Volunteering


Shortlisted for the IET Volunteer Medal, Susan Jones MEng CEng FIET CQP MCQI MWES, for her outstanding dedication to volunteering.

Susan set up the Steel Women’s Network to bring women together, to inform and influence the role of women in steel, and to inspire future generations to be involved in the industry. 

Susan has been an active volunteer with the IET Manufacturing TPN and the IET Wales South West Local Network. 

Through a combination of her achievements, volunteering and her everyday interactions, Susan is helping the IET to inspire and inform every child to think positively about engineering, to ensure that they have the opportunity to become an engineer.

Finalists for the IET Achievement Medal for Volunteering

Eur Ing Jimmy Fam Deng Fong CEng MIET

Shortlisted for the IET Volunteer Medal, Eur Ing Jimmy Fam Deng Fong CEng MIET for his commitment to volunteering.

Jimmy is a committee member of the IET Malaysia Local Network and, during his early career, he was an active member of the IET Malaysia Young Professionals Section.

He is an IET International Professional Registration Advisor (IPRA) and Professional Review Interviewer (PRI) for CEng and IEng since 2011.  He was elected as an IET Council Member from 2014 to 2017. 

In 2017, Jimmy was appointed as an IET Academic Accreditation Panel member. In 2019 he represented the IET in witnessing the exchange of MOU between Malaysia Board of Technologist (MBOT) and the IET. 

Philip Moffitt MSc CEng MIET

Shortlisted for the IET Volunteer Medal, Philip Moffitt MSc CEng MIET for his outstanding contribution to volunteering. 

Philip is an exceptional role model to young people.  He has been delivering STEM education activities in Kent as an IET Schools Liaison Officer since 2014. 

Philip also engages in education activities through his STEM Ambassador role, including working on a project with neurodiverse children that are in communities that are disengaged from STEM, and supporting other STEM Ambassadors in the area. 

Philip has also been actively involved with the IET Volunteer Support Working Party where he made a significant contribution to the Volunteer Support Strategy.


Shortlisted for the IET Volunteer Medal, Dr Evi Viza CQP MCQI MIET MIEEE FRSA for her excellent commitment to volunteering. 

Dr Viza is actively involved in STEM outreach activities, raising awareness of engineering, promoting equality and diversity and sparking collaborations from the local community, industry and academia. 

As a member of IET Scotland Dr Viza has actively promoted various STEM outreach activities across all the IET Scotland networks, as well as IET Nigeria, to drive forward additional events and deliver activities to the desired audience, with a strong focus on underrepresented groups.

IET Achievement Medals for Young Professionals

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we are unable to offer the Sir Henry Royce Medal this year. The ERA Foundation agreed to fund an award for 2020 that would be made in replacement.  This new award is the Young Professionals Excellence Award.

Winner of the Young Professionals Excellence Award

Siddha Ganju

Shortlisted for the Young Professionals Excellence Award, Siddha Ganju for her incredible achievements in Artificial Intelligence. 

Siddha led the development of an AI system to crowd-source videos of the night sky, detect meteors automatically, and make it publicly available in near real-time.

Beyond huge efficiency improvements from automation with human-level accuracy, it resulted in raising awareness and bringing in new citizen scientists who can now use inexpensive equipment to contribute to meteor sightings.

This led to the detection of the highest number of meteors in a single night in NASA’s 58-year history, as well as the first-ever instrumental evidence of the Grigg-Mellish comet.

Finalists of the Young Professionals Excellence Award

Samuel Elegbede MEng CEng MIET

Shortlisted for the Young Professionals Excellence Award, Samuel Elegbede MEng CEng MIET for his dedication to engineering excellence. 

In his role with WSP, Samuel is responsible for developing creative ideas and adapting emerging technologies within the rail environment. He is a telecommunications project lead, playing a crucial role in the WSP Telecommunications delivery of the new Old Oak Common High Speed 2 (HS2) station and Transport for London (TfL) Old Street Round About Project.

Samuel’s dedication and hard work has earned him Chartered Engineer (CEng) status at the age of 25. 

He is also passionate about developing the skills of his peers and other young engineers through mentoring graduates and apprentices.  Samuel’s aim is to promote transportation in a digital age while applying robust safety and assurance measures.

Dr Robert Mayall

Shortlisted for the Young Professionals Excellence Award, Dr Robert Mayall for his outstanding achievements in biomedical healthcare technologies. 

During his PhD, working with the Canadian Military on engineering novel nanosensors for biological weapons, viruses and bacteria, he spearheaded the development of a new biosensors division. 

Robert joined FREDsense Technologies in May 2019, a start-up company of which he is a Co-founder.  FREDsense combines genetic engineering and electrochemistry to create portable units for measuring contaminants in water in the field.

Winner of the Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award

Rebecca Sell TMIET

Shortlisted for the Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award for Young Professionals Rebecca Sell TMIET for her outstanding career achievements. 

Rebecca joined the BAE Systems craft apprenticeship at 16 and has advanced over the last four years. 

She has a detailed knowledge of advanced aircraft manufacturing processes and has excelled in her academic studies. 

Rebecca’s outstanding academic achievements have gained her a place to study engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Her engineering excellence has been demonstrated by leading multi-disciplined teams and adopting new N C programming techniques to make major improvements on some of the most complex airframe components on the F35 Programme.

Finalists of the Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award

Dr Ejay Nsugbe BEng(Hons) MSc PhD CEng MIET CMath CSci FRSA

Shortlisted for the Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award for Young Professionals, Dr Ejay Nsugbe BEng(Hons) MSc PhD CEng MIET CMath CSci FRSA, for his professional and ambassadorial work within engineering. 

He won a research studentship for his PhD work and was sponsored by Procter & Gamble as part of the Government endorsed £18M CHARIOT program. His work was published in 7 peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, picking up 2 merit awards. 

He was also invited to disseminate his findings at AstraZeneca. 

His post-doctoral research saw him form a multi-disciplinary collaboration with researchers and clinicians to investigate means of personalizing the connection between an upper-limb amputee and a prosthesis using wearable/non-invasive Electromyography and Near-Infrared as a means of gesture recognition for transhumeral prosthesis control.

Dr Vyasa Sai

Shortlisted for the Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award for Young Professionals, Dr Vyasa Sai for his outstanding career achievements in the field of electronics and communications engineering. 

Dr. Sai’s research work addresses the challenges in low-power and communication for RFID/IoT devices that are resource constrained while preserving security. Dr. Sai has authored a book, book chapter, several US patents, patent applications, invention disclosures, and has contributed to numerous international peer-reviewed publications in the field of electronics and communications that includes RFID, IoT, LowPower Electronics, Security, among others.

Dr. Saiʼs research contributions and accomplishments along with his service to the international research community have resulted in many global recognitions.

Dr Sai is a senior hardware engineer in the Visual Technologies Team (VTT) at Intel Corporation, Folsom, CA, USA.

Dr Jiashen Teh CEng MIET

Shortlisted for the Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award for Young Professionals, Dr Jiashen Teh CEng MIET for his outstanding career achievements. 

Dr Teh, a Senior Lecturer at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, has led various research projects funded by local and international agencies on power system reliability studies. 

His research had contributed 44 top-tier research articles, all in the top two quartiles of the ISI ranking, and he has been invited to speak at 13 international conferences. 

Whilst working as Research Director of UPE-Power Technology, he demonstrated strong business acumen and played a pivotal role in the successful bidding for supplying power converters to ALSOK, the largest security firm in Japan.

Winner of the Paul Fletcher Award for Young Professionals

Dilani Selvanathan

Shortlisted for the Paul Fletcher Award for Young Professionals, Dilani Selvanathan for her dedication to volunteering. 

Since winning a Horizon Bursary in 2017, Dilani has been very active in promoting the STEM message and supporting many IET activities.  She is an IET Young Professional Ambassador and became a member of the IET Scholarship and Bursary Council in 2019. 

She has been a judge at 3 regional First Lego League regional competitions, she was a STEM volunteer speaker at the 2019 Big Bang Fair and spoke about STEM and her career path at the Big Assembly in 2019. 

She is a STEM Ambassador at her employer, the BBC. 

In 2019 she was made a WISE Role Model, to promote women in STEM.

Finalists of the Paul Fletcher Award for Young Professionals

Sebastian Blair BEng MIET

Shortlisted for the Paul Fletcher Award for Young Professionals, Sebastian Blair BEng MIET for his significant achievements in volunteering. 

Five years ago, he initiated the IET On Campus community at the University of Greenwich (Medway Campus). Since then, he has mentored and coached his peers and successors, sustaining the student body’s awareness of the IET’s mission, vision and values. 

As a STEM Ambassador and an IET Education Officer, Sebastian has also engaged thousands of young people in STEM activities. 

Sebastian seeks to inspire other volunteers and has been appointed on to Local Network and Communities Committees regional and global.

Eoin McGread MIET

Shortlisted for the Paul Fletcher Award for Young Professionals, Eoin McGread MIET for his outstanding commitment to volunteering.  

Eoin’s meticulous organisation and commitment to the IET has seen the Northern Ireland Local Network grow over the last few years to have a very active membership, increased engagement and attendance, and become a permanent host of the IET Turing Lecture.  

Eoin is the former secretary of the Northern Ireland Local Network and as events coordinator continues to give his tireless enthusiasm and energy. With his commitment, enthusiasm and dedication, Eoin exemplifies everything that it means to be an IET volunteer, both in actions and in words.

Indiran Nadarajan MIET

Shortlisted for the Paul Fletcher Award for Young Professionals, Indiran Nadarajan MIET for his dedication to volunteering.

Indiran is a member of the IET Malaysia Local Network and the Past Chairman for IET Malaysia Young Professionals Section (YPS). Indiran joined the IET as a student member in 2007 and was an active On-Campus member.

Soon after graduation, Indiran joined the YPS in Malaysia. He was elected as Chairman in 2018. During his term, IET YPS Malaysia grew from 14 to 17 OnCampus Groups.

He also strengthened external and industrial engagement, leading to KPMG Malaysia collaborating with IET YPS Malaysia to host a National Level Cyber Security Challenge with 300 students participating.