15 November 2018
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has named the winners of its 2018 Achievement Awards. One of this year’s most significant awards, the Mountbatten Medal, goes to Professor William Webb for his outstanding contribution in the field of telecommunication and 5G.
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.
Professor William Webb was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies, which was subsequently sold to Huawei in 2014 for $25m. As IET’s youngest former President, he led initiatives to broaden the IET’s reach and make its output more relevant to the non-engineering community. He has also been instrumental in pioneering changes to radio spectrum management as the Director for UK's Ofcom.
Another top accolade this year goes to Professor Nigel Allinson from the University of Lincoln, who receives the J J Thomson Medal for his significant work in the advancement of complex medical imaging instruments for the optimum treatment of cancer using proton beam therapy. In addition, his work on the transmission of fingerprints from crime scenes to bureaus is used by UK Police, reducing time-to-indent from days to minutes.
On receiving his award, William commented: “It’s wonderful to get peer recognition as a sign that my work has been noticed and is making a difference. It is also a great motivator to keep actively working across the industry to achieve more in the future.”
Nigel added: “I am humbled to be recognised alongside incredible engineers and technicians for the work we do to advance the world around us. These innovations have the power to make an incredible difference to people’s lives and it is an honour to be recognised for my contribution.”
Mike Carr, IET President, said: “We are honoured to present these talented individuals with our top Achievement Medals. They have each excelled in their professions and have made a vast contribution as pioneers of important areas in the engineering and technology industries. They should all be very proud of their achievements – with each award being extremely well-deserved.”
Both medallists join 12 other winners, who were nominated by their peers as leading engineers and technicians in their field.
The Achievement Awards, which took place on Wednesday 14 November 2018, 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. All IET awards seek to inspire and reward engineering excellence, including apprentices at the start of their careers, through to reputable, established professional engineers and technicians.
Find out more about the Achievement Awards here: www.theiet.org/achievement.
The IET’s Mountbatten Medal was established by the National Electronics Council in 1992 and named after The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, the first Chairman of the Council. The Earl Mountbatten of Burma was President of the Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers (IERE) in 1947-48 and 1961-62, which merged with the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the IET) in 1998. He was also an Honorary Fellow.
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