Forty-year-old Jonathan who is a Senior Mechanical Beamline Technician at the UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source, was presented with the prestigious award at the IET Achievement Awards in central London last night.
Jonathan is solely responsible for the technical maintenance and development of a demanding science laboratory that performs world-class, cutting-edge research experiments. Jonathan’s dedication and enquiring nature have led to many valuable innovations on the beamline, including bespoke high-pressure gas delivery systems and the introduction of 3D printing to fabricate bespoke one-off components. Although never formally trained as a Scientist, Jonathan has been a lead author on a published scientific paper and co-author on ten other papers.
On winning, he said: “It’s an honour to win this award – I could not have done this without all of the help and support from my colleagues and family.”
The IET Achievement Awards exist to recognise individuals from all over the world who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of engineering, technology and science in any sector. This can be through research and development in their respective technical field or through their leadership of an enterprise.
Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, IET President, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and Jonathan should be very proud to win this award amongst strong competition in his category.
“The standard of this year’s entries made the judging extremely difficult. All the IET Technician of the Year Award finalists demonstrated skills and knowledge through their work that went far beyond their roles. They have taken on challenging tasks and through innovation and determination to succeed have brought real benefits to those they work for and with.”
The Apprentice and Technician Awards are part of the IET’s Achievement Awards and Scholarships programme, which this year provided over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.
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