The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering


Brockley Nick here. Shameless plug for one of my clients today. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a new global £1 million prize, which will be awarded to the individual or team responsible for the most significant engineering achievement in the world. Nominations open today, via the website.

As I write, Professor Brian Cox and Dr Eleanor Stride are seducing the nation into pursuing a career in engineering from the BBC Breakfast sofa (we need to produce another 2 million of them to remain competitive) while Lord Browne is delivering a similar message on the Today Programme. You can read the BBC report here too.

It's a long shot that Brockley will produce the winner, but most of the BC readers we've encountered (the ones who don't work in marketing and the media) seem to be engineering consultants. You never know.

12 comments:

THNIck said...

Brian Cox on engineering, why? Is it too much work for the BBC to think of someone relevant everytime they need a talking head, rather "ooh, it's a bit science/technology-ish, and we're all arts graduates, get that Brian Cox, he does Physics and it's all the same thing".
Still, at least it's not Carol Vorderman.

Brockley Nick said...

Don't blame the BBC, he's one of the judges. And personally, I think showing that science and engineering are two sides of the same coin is healthy. Plus, he's very good.

Brockley Nick said...

Plus, they had Dr Eleanor Stride on too.

Crofty said...

Nice idea! Though Brockley itself would be more likely to provide nominees for a Not The Queen Elizabeth Prize For Engineering. Step forward, Conways.

mb said...

Depnds on what the purpose of the award is, if it's to propmote engineering and encourage bright youngsters who may not have considered it then it's perfectly credible to get a person with a high TV profile. There are plenty of respected but fusty trade award out there already and few, if any, engineers work with the intention of getting one. My old company got several Queens Awards for Inovation. You get a flag outside the site and a few lines in the broadsheets if you're lucky.

Anyway, Brian Cox works at CERN which is as much about the engineering as the science. He's a credible figure.

mb said...

Depnds on what the purpose of the award is, if it's to propmote engineering and encourage bright youngsters who may not have considered it then it's perfectly credible to get a person with a high TV profile. There are plenty of respected but fusty trade award out there already and few, if any, engineers work with the intention of getting one. My old company got several Queens Awards for Inovation. You get a flag outside the site and a few lines in the broadsheets if you're lucky.

Anyway, Brian Cox works at CERN which is as much about the engineering as the science. He's a credible figure.

Lou Baker said...

A great idea.

We have a great tradition of engineering in this country. From Brunel to Dyson and Stephenson to the hi-tech world of F1 - via Concorde, we have the best engineering minds.

I hope the scheme is a success.

Though there is zero chance it will come to Brockley. An award for low-life chavs we'd have a chance at but hi-tech engineering? Not so much.

The best Brockley can do is Monkeyboy - and look at the mess his hob nob munching chums have made of our railways .... Heaven forbid they win.

Mb said...

Cheers Lou, Always nice to see you confirming the negative aspect of your personality to all those undecided about your brilliance.

Ben said...

At 9k a year it will be interesting to see how many potential engineers have been put off going to university.

Sir James Dyson said...

Considering my boss recently sold his company for 400 million and most private investment companies will be wanting more than a million in return for there investment.
Add to that the amount of money we've bailed the banks out to.

I some how feel like I've been offered a penny chew for what they're asking for?

"The new global £1M prize will recognise world-changing advances in engineering that have made a difference to humanity."

Dam it bang goes the knighthood...

Nevermind this time next year we could be millionaires Rodders :)

Tamsin said...

Probably not that many - as an engineer you've a better chance than most of a job at the end of it.

Went to a debate recently on engineering and the risk of climate change. The discussion was not whether or not engineering was involved in the solutions we need to find, but whether engineering alone was enough or whether there needed to be a change in politics and mind-set as well.

Prince Peter the Pumpkin Eater said...

"we need to produce another 2 million of them to remain competitive"

Let the breeding program commence!

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