Winners of IET Achievement and Innovation Awards 2017 announced

22 November 2017
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Winners at this year's Innovation Awards

Last week the IET named the winners of its prestigious Achievement and Innovation Awards at the Brewery in London on Wednesday 15 November.


Starting with the Achievement Awards, fifteen of the world’s top engineering and technology talent were honoured with medals for services to the industry.


Winners of the most prestigious and significant awards included Professor Bjarne Stroustrup, who was awarded the Faraday Medal, for his development of C++ – one of the most influential programming languages in the history of computing. The IET Faraday Medal was established to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the first Ordinary Meeting of the Society of Telegraph Engineers.


Nobel Prize winner Professor Shuji Nakamura, was awarded the Mountbatten Medal for his pioneering work to develop blue LEDs and lasers. The Medal was founded by the National Electronics Council in 1992 and named after The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the first Chairman of the Council.


The IET Present Around The World 2017 global final also took place at the Awards, where five finalists representing the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), South Asia and the United Kingdom all presented to the audience and panel of judges.


Shubham Saraff from South Asia Region was announced as the winner for his presentation ‘Neurons that Shaped Us’, which looked at recently discovered Neurons residing in our brain which have shaped human evolution. Shubham put forward the case that by using the special characteristics of these Neurons and by manipulating the feedback that our brain receives; we can eventually fix speech disorders.


Shubham is currently studying a degree in Computer Science Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology where his specialist subject is Bioinformatics. Deeply passionate about making a positive societal impact in his country and globally, Shubham has established himself as a young tech entrepreneur. He has set up a unique start-up to help redefine the security ecosystem of any nation through efficient use of digital technology.


Zara Shafique from EMEA Region was announced as the runner up for her presentation Discovering Quasars, which took the audience through the exotic universe if quasars.


In the evening, the Innovation Awards followed, which saw the most pioneering innovations across 15 sectors, from energy and sustainability to transport and healthcare, were celebrated.


The winning entries featured ideas that are set to have a game-changing impact on society, improving the way we live and work. They include new ways of increasing online privacy, improving healthcare and patient welfare, cutting energy consumption and enhancing road safety.


Look out for more information about the Achievement and Innovation Awards in the next print edition of Member News.