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Most Distinguished Developing Career Achievement Prize

Recognising those developing engineers who have demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership, and the potential for future distinction and commitment to serving others.

Managers are asked to encourage eligible candidates to apply, perhaps as a step to preparing the future leader of your organisation.


  • Open to members and non-members worldwide.
  • Developing engineers who have graduated from an IMechE accredited or related engineering first degree course, or MSc postgraduate course within the past 10 years.

Award criteria

  • 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.
  • Our 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
    • our academic achievements and contributions in your professional practices.
  • Candidates 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

  • 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.

Value of award

  • £1,500 max. and certificate.

Application process

Closing date: 25 March 2022

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Award winners

Toggle 2020 Award winner - Stephen McEvoy

Toggle 2016 Award winner - Reuben McNaughten

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