Press release

Local engineers celebrated in exhibitions at new landmark London building

29 January 2016

Ground breaking engineers are celebrated in the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) two brand new exhibitions at its newly reopened London headquarters, Savoy Place.

The displays of ‘126 most influential engineers’ and ‘100 engineering ideas that changed the world’ honour a range of engineers, past and present, from around the world. Both exhibitions celebrate the achievements of those who have dramatically improved the quality of our lives over the years with innovative ideas and problem solving capabilities.

All of those featured across the two showcases are considered as having an impact on human kind and as reflecting the development of engineering over the 144 year history of the IET. The innovations featured in the ‘100 engineering ideas that changed the world’ were also voted for by IET members.

Other engineers presented in the two displays, include Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, physicist Albert Einstein and inventor Edwin Howard Armstrong.

The showcases come among several other new features such as the digital chandelier and live video wall as part of the re-opening of Savoy Place following a £30 million refurbishment of the building.

Simon Timmis, Senior Marketing Manager for IET Venues and Events commented: “The development of these exhibits is hugely exciting for all involved. It represents and celebrates the best in engineering accomplishments and reminds us of the huge positive impact that technological invention can have. We are very much looking forward to showcasing it as it provides a fantastic backdrop for conferences and events, and is really what sets us apart from other venues in London.”

For more information on the new ‘100 engineering ideas that changed the world’ exhibition, visit:

For more information on the new ‘126 most influential engineers’ exhibition, visit:


Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7738 602426
Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Rebecca Gillick
Communications Executive

Tel: +44 (0)1438 765 618
Mob: +44 (0)7725 498 129
Email: rgillick@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 163,000 members in 127 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
  • For more information, visit www.theiet.org
  • Follow the IET on Twitter.