We're celebrating incredible people who have made an impact

Tell us who you think has made a difference to our world by nominating a pioneer or groundbreaker today.

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Inspirational leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow

We asked you to nominate amazing engineers or technologists that have changed the world or are revolutionising now.

We’re working through all the nominations to create the ultimate list! This final selection will be included online and in IET London: Savoy Place’s stairwell galleries exhibition.

From the founders of our profession and innovators of the past to the trailblazers and campaigners of today and tomorrow – we want to show how truly diverse and incredible our profession is.

Be inspired

We pulled together a list of engineers and technologists who we think have made a difference. But did you nominate any of them? Will they feature? We’re excited to see who you put forward.

Jordan Casey

Jordan Casey

Young tech entrepreneur. A self-taught programmer and education advocate. App developer and start-up founder. BAFTA nominee and speaker

“Don’t let your age hold you back.” Jordan Casey

Phyllis Bold

Phyllis Bold

Engineering icon. Ground-breaking aircraft physicist. Prison tutor and mentor. Women in STEM inspiration.

"Proof that hard work can help you achieve anything beyond your wildest dreams." Adrienne Ephrem, Bolds’ granddaughter

Maryam Mirzakhani

Alan Turing

Pioneering mathematician. First female winner of the Fields Medal. Innovative thinker and researcher.

"I don't give up easily." Maryam Mirzakhani

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Father of AI, Neurodiverse mathematician. Computer scientist. Condemned codebreaker.

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” Alan Turing

Elon Musk

Yewande Akinola

Industrial designer, leader and engineer. Future visionary. Space explorer. Technological innovator.

"I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary." Elon Musk

Yewande Akinola MBE

Yewande Akinola

Engineer, designer, innovator. STEM changemaker. Chartered engineer and award winner. Campaigner and TV presenter.

"Difficult does not mean impossible." Yewande Akinola MBE

Dame Vera Stephanie Shirley DBE CH

Stephen Hawking

Pioneer and philanthropist. Women in tech trailblazer. Child refugee. IT entrepreneur.

"I learned that tomorrow's never going to be like today, and certainly nothing like yesterday." Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE CH

Stephen Hawking CH CBE

Stephen Hawking

Leading theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author. Multi-award-winning galaxy explorer. Extraordinary academic. Disability icon.

"I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer." Stephen Hawking CH CBE

William Kamkwamba

Stephen Hawking

Inventor and author. The boy who harnessed the wind. Inspirational speaker.

“If you want to make it, all you have to do is try.” William Kamkwamba

Lynn Conway

Stephen Hawking

Computer scientist and tech trailblazer. Inventor, pioneer and electrical engineer. Transgender activist.

You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change." Tim Cook

Celebrating engineers at Savoy Place

When Savoy Place reopened in 2015 after its refurbishment, we installed a large-scale exhibition to celebrate incredible engineers, as voted for by IET members.

126 semi-translucent pictures cascade through the full height of the building’s two stairwells and have served as a reminder of the incredible people who have contributed to the advancement of our industry over the years.

In our 150th anniversary year, and as an organisation committed to being modern, relevant and inclusive, we feel now is the perfect time to update these exhibits to reflect the diverse and international breadth of individuals who have contributed to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

So whether that be in the past, present, or working on something incredible for the future, we’re asking you to tell us who should feature.