Most Distinguished Developing Career Achievement Prize

This Award given by the Process Industries Division is designed to recognise and reward those developing engineers who have demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership, and the potential for future distinction and commitment to serving others.

Prize

The winner will receive £1,500 max. and a certificate.

Eligibility

The Award looks for developing engineers who have graduated from an IMechE accredited or related engineering first degree course, or MSc postgraduate course within the past 10 years.  They must be in postgraduate work position since graduation, exercising their learning at university in their work place and at the same time developing themselves in a substantial and responsible manner professionally and technically.

Award conditions

  • 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
  • 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 
  • Judging panel of senior engineering professionals, managers and executives from the process industries 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.

How to apply

Download and submit the application form. Closing date: 18 March 2019.

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

Application guidelines

  • Evidence by way of achievements in innovative industrial research applications and/or in areas associated with management and/or professional practices in the science and/or application of mechanical engineering in the process industries is required to support the application.
  • Application does not require your company approval. However IMechE needs to be granted the right of citing any application materials which may have a bearing on intellectual property right.
  • Applicants will be requested to highlight their academic, work and any other achievements. Evidence to demonstrate these achievements are required for supporting the application.
  • Applicants will be assessed on, in addition to academic and work related achievements, their overall ability for future distinction and also their commitment to serving others.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and asked to make a short presentation on a date to be confirmed at a meeting with the Process Industries Division Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The meeting will take place at the IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ. Applicants not contacted by that time regrettably can assume that they have not been shortlisted.
  • Winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at IMechE HQ, One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ.

Previous winners

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.

Joining 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.

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