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Our IET 2020 Prestige Medal winners

Winner of the Faraday Medal

Professor Bashir M Al-Hashimi CBE FREng FIET

The 97th award of the Faraday Medal to Professor Bashir M Al-Hashimi CBE FREng FIET, an ARM Professor of Computer Engineering and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at King's College London, for his seminal contributions to semiconductor manufacturing test of system-on-chip, pioneering a new direction in test data compression and low power methods.

As Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, he has raised the UK’s position in engineering higher education. He shaped and directed UK engineering and technology strategy through advisory roles with the RAEng, EPSRC, IET, and the 2014/21 Research Excellence Frameworks.

In 2008 Professor Al-Hashimi established the Arm-ECS Research Centre, recognised as a UK exemplar for industry-academia collaboration.

Winner of the Mountbatten Medal

Associate Professor Dr Tong Boon Tang BEng(Hons) PhD SMIEEE

The Mountbatten Medal is awarded to Associate Professor Dr Tong Boon Tang BEng(Hons) PhD SMIEEE for his outstanding contribution to the advance and promotion of neurotechnology and its applications in mental healthcare.

He is instrumental in creating a closed-loop system of cognitive training for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease which has no known cure at present.

He is recognised for his pioneering work on functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in Malaysia. Funded by HITACHI Japan, he set up OT- HUB, an international collaboration platform to promote fNIRS- related research.

He led the development of EEG-fNIRS bimodal system and the application to mental stress studies.

The work has recently been translated into a fatigue management system for oil rig workforce.

Winner of the Mensforth Gold Medal for Manufacturing

Professor Keith Ridgway CBE FREng HonFRAes FRINA FIMechE FCGLI MIET

The Mensforth Gold Medal for Manufacturing is awarded to Professor Keith Ridgway CBE FREng HonFRAes FRINA FIMechE FCGLI MIET for his significant contribution to manufacturing in founding the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in 2001 at the University of Sheffield.

Now with over 100 major sponsors, application of the AMRC’s research has resulted in a step-change in the manufacturing processes of industrial collaborators.

In 2009 he helped launch the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and in 2016 he became the Executive Chair of the Advanced Forming Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde.

Professor Ridgway was awarded an OBE for services to UK manufacturing industry in June 2005 and a CBE for services to UK manufacturing industry in 2011.

Winner of the J J Thomson Medal for Electronics

Professor Kei May Lau

The J J Thomson Medal for Electronics is awarded to Professor Kei May Lau for her fundamental work in compound semiconductor materials and device physics.

This work has led to the development of technologies critical to present-day energy-efficient and high-performance photonics and electronics.

Her work has also had major impact on current high-speed and low power optoelectronic devices for ubiquitous internet communication.

As one of the few female world-renowned researchers in the electronics and optoelectronics technology sector, Professor Lau is a prominent role model for generations of women engineers entering this promising field.

Professor Lau is recognised for her work in heteroepitaxy of III-V photonics (lasers, LEDs and photodetectors) and electronics (millimetre wave, logic and power transistors), as well as GaN LEDs on Si substrates.