Most Distinguished Developing Career Achievement Prize

Awarded by the Process Industries Division

Prize: £1,500 and a certificate

If you have graduated with a mechanical engineering or related degree in the past 10 years from 2016, and since graduation have been developing a career in process mechanical engineering science and technology, this is your opportunity to tell the engineering community in a big way your achievements and contributions which you take pride in.

In doing so, you have the chance to win our £1,500 prize by entering the IMechE Process Industries Division’s ‘Most Distinguished Developing Career Achievement Award’.


For full details visit Process Industries Division Prizes and Awards.

Complete and submit the application form below and you could be on the road to becoming the winner of this prestigious award.

Act now and get your application in to make sure you do not miss the submission deadline of 9 February 2018, and respond to IMechE’s commitment to supporting and nurturing the process industries future leaders through recognition and awards.

Managers please tell your colleagues about this prestigious award and encourage eligible candidates to apply, perhaps as a step to prepare the future leader of your organisation.

Please refer to the guidance notes below.


2016 Award winner - Reuben McNaughten

Reuben is currently lead process engineer on a new medicines project to treat HIV. Functioning as a long acting injectable medicine, milling to nano particle sizes was required. This involved a redesign of paint milling machines to meet the needs of sterile products – a Clean in Place, Sterilise in Place system. One mill has now been installed and validated to produce clinical trial batches, with a view to supply registration batches by 2018.

The wider team working on the project has recently been cited “Highly Commended” by the President of Global Manufacturing Supply at GSK in 2016; Reuben cities this as one of his biggest career achievements to date along with being awarded the Young Achievers award in the Pharmaceutical division by the North East Process Industries Cluster.

Reuben’s process engineering career began with studies in mechanical engineering at Queen's University, Belfast via a scholarship due to exemplary A-level results. Understanding the need for practical skills and with a firm interest in pharmaceutical production, Reuben secured a project engineering position for his industrial placement year with GSK at Barnard Castle.

Joning GSK full time in 2012, Reuben started a second MSc degree course in process systems at Cranfield University and graduated within three years whilst working at GSK. His academic achievements allowed for an early chartership application, which saw Reuben receive IMechE chartered engineer status in March 2016.

Award Conditions:

a. Award of the prize is the recognition of those developing graduates/engineers who have demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership, and the potential for future distinction and commitment to serving others.

b. The award will look for achievements in innovative industrial research applications and/or in areas associated with management and/or professional practices in process industries.

c. The monetary value of the Prize is: £1,500 max.

Judging panel of senior engineering professionals, managers and executives from the process industry will look for your passion in mechanical engineering science and technology, your overall ability in the pursuit of excellence as well as your academic achievements and contributions in your professional practices.