Bombardier announced as finalist for MacRobert Award
Transforming aviation, transplant operations, quantum technology and cybersecurity: MacRobert Award announces 2019 finalists
- Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award marks its 50th anniversary this year.
- 2019 Finalists span healthcare, cybersecurity, aviation and quantum technology.
- The MacRobert Award is the premier award for UK innovation in engineering, past winners include the CT scanner, Raspberry Pi and the Millennium Dome.
The Royal Academy of Engineering has today announced the finalists for the 2019 MacRobert Award, the most prestigious prize for UK engineering innovation.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the MacRobert Award is run by the Royal Academy of Engineering and recognises engineering teams that demonstrate outstanding innovation, tangible societal benefit and proven commercial success within the UK engineering sector.
The four finalists for the 2019 MacRobert Award are:
? Bombardier (Belfast) for developing an innovative, resin-infused advanced composite wing that minimises the aircraft’s environmental impact by reducing both weight and fuel burn in flight, and waste during manufacture.
? Darktrace (Cambridge) for Antigena, an AI-powered ‘self-healing’ cybersecurity system that can both identify and neutralise cyberattacks.
? M Squared (Glasgow), whose SolsTiS Titanium:Sapphire laser produces the world's purest light and can be tuned across the spectrum - it is enabling new scientific discoveries and bringing about radical transformations in quantum computing, healthcare, navigation and climate change technology.
· OrganOx (Oxford) for creating the metra, a world-first device that can keep a human donor liver functioning outside the body for up to 24 hours prior to transplant.
Entries were submitted by a wide variety of companies from across the UK, with four shortlisted for this year’s prize.
All four finalists demonstrate the ingenuity of engineers who make the impossible possible, bringing products to market that will make a significant impact on people’s lives and on the world in which we live.
The winner of this year’s MacRobert Award will be announced at the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Dinner at London’s Banqueting House on Thursday 11 July. The winning team will receive the signature MacRobert Award gold medal and a £50,000 cash prize.
Over the last 50 years, MacRobert Award winning innovations have changed the world, delivering enormous economic and societal benefit and contributing to the UK’s standing as the world’s eighth largest manufacturing economy.
The first award in 1969 was made jointly for two iconic innovations: to Rolls- Royce for the Pegasus engine used in the Harrier jump jet, and to Freeman, Fox and Partners for the Severn Bridge.
Other former winning innovations include:
? Allowing doctors to see inside the human body with the CT scanner invented at EMI (1972 MacRobert Award winner).
? Raising one of the world’s largest structures - the Millennium Dome, now the O2, engineered by Buro Happold (1999 MacRobert Award winner).
? Creating a computer the size of a credit card - Raspberry Pi (2017 MacRobert Award winner).
? Diagnosing cancer through a simple breath test - the ReCIVA breath biopsy developed by Owlstone Medical (2018 MacRobert Award winner).
MacRobert Award winners are chosen by an expert panel of Academy Fellows, who have vast experience across engineering industry and academia.
Dr Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng FRS, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award judging panel, said:
”As the MacRobert Award marks its half century, we are excited for the future. Great British engineering innovations, such as those recognised today, benefit not just the UK, but transform lives around the world.
“This year's finalists – Bombardier, Darktrace, M Squared and OrganOx, have already proven their potential to shape a greater tomorrow for us all, and they join an illustrious line up of past winners, from the CT scanner to Raspberry Pi. Our four 2019 finalists represent the pinnacle of an engineering sector that contributes 23% of the UK’s economic turnover, creating jobs and enhancing lives both here in the UK and around the world.”