IMechE Award for Risk Reduction in Mechanical Engineering

The Institution's Award for Risk Reduction in Mechanical Engineering, formerly known as the Safety in Mechanical Engineering Award.

The Award recognises any eminent engineer who has contributed most in the understanding and/or reduction of risk in any area of mechanical engineering. This may include reducing dangerous dust arising from mining and industrial tunneling during the removal of rock from the surface or under-ground as in the original bequest, but now could also be for any other aspect of reducing risk to health through the application of improved mechanical engineering.

How to apply

Closing date: 31 March 2020

Download and submit the nomination form and any other supporting documents to:

Karen Frost 
IMechE Prizes and Awards Department 
ASK House 
Northgate Avenue 
Bury St Edmunds 
IP32 6BB 
United Kingdom


£1,500 plus certificate to the lead author, certificate(s) to co-author(s).


The Award is open to Institution Members of all grades as well as non-members. Candidates are permitted to nominate themselves.

Previous winners

  • 2018 - Professor Jin Wang for his research into risk reduction, including two specific papers: "Collision detection in the UKCS" and "Ship/platform collision incident database", both published in 2018.
  • 2017 - Professor Michael Todinov MSc PhD DEng in recognition of his significant, sustained and verifiable contributions to reducing risk in mechanical engineering.
  • 2015 - Daeil Kim, Seibum B Choi and Mooryong Choi for their paper: ‘Integrated vehicle mass estimation for vehicle safety control using the recursive least-squares method and adaptation laws’.
  • 2013 - David Ward for recognition of his outstanding contribution to establishing international standards for system safety in the automotive industry.

Nominations process

Nominations are considered by the Trustee Board Awards Committee in May and recommendations for awards are forwarded to the Trustee Board for approval in June. 

Successful recipients are notified by the President at the end of June and invited with a guest of their choice to a celebration of their success in London in the Autumn.

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