Shortlist announced for the IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize

The prize is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in engineering research in the fields of medical, microwave and radar or laser/optoelectronic engineering. The prize fund is awarded to support further research led by the recipient. The theme this year is medical engineering and technology.

The 2020 shortlist nominees are:

  • Dr Gregoire Courtine is Full Professor of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology in the Center for Neuroprosthetics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. He also works in the department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV) where he is director of the Defitech Center for Interventional Neurotherapies (NeuroRestore). His passion for translational neurosciences has fuelled his research in the development of neurotechnologies to improve recovery from neurological disorders.
  • Warren M. Grill is the founder of Creo Medical Group PLC with over 20 years’ experience in medical device research, innovation and development. He has dedicated the last 22 years to researching and developing novel therapeutic systems and devices, based on the generation and control of electromagnetic energy at a range of frequencies, to successfully address a number of unmet clinical needs.
  • Professor Chris Hancock is is the founder of Creo Medical Group PLC with over 20 years’ experience in medical device research, innovation and development. He has dedicated the last 22 years to researching and developing novel therapeutic systems and devices, based on the generation and control of electromagnetic energy at a range of frequencies, to successfully address a number of unmet clinical needs.
  • Professor Dean Ho is Provost’s Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology, Director of the N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), Director of the Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM), and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. At N.1 and WisDM, Prof. Ho has led multiple pioneering clinical studies with CURATE.AI to use only a patient’s own data to personalise treatment for the entire duration of care.
  • Professor Stéphanie P. Lacour holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology at the School of Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Since January 2017, she is full professor in Microengineering and Bioengineering at EPFL. Stéphanie’s lab challenges and seeks to advance fundamental concepts in man-made electronic systems applied to biology. Specifically, the focus is on designing and manufacturing electronic devices with mechanical properties close to those of the host biological tissue so that long-term reliability and minimal perturbation are induced in vivo and/or truly wearable systems become possible.

Sir John O’Reilly, Chair of the IET’s Search and Selection Panel for the Prize, said: “The A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize recognises the outstanding research achievements of the recipient, from anywhere in the world, who is identified through a search and selection process conducted by a panel of international experts from around the globe.

“We are incredibly proud, through the generous legacy from the late Dr A F Harvey to be able to recognise and support the furtherance of pioneering engineering research in these fields and thereby their subsequent impact in advancing the world around us. I’d like to congratulate our five finalists.”

The prize winner will be announced in December 2020. The winning researcher will deliver a keynote lecture on their research at IET London: Savoy Place in Spring 2021.

You can watch last year’s recipient Dr Jelena Vuckovic give her prize lecture Photonics – Practical and Optimized on-demand via IET.tv.

For more information about the IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize please visit our website.