Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Young Engineers

Meet the trophy finalists!

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 30 January 2017

On Wednesday 1 February, we will be unveiling the winning design of the 2017 Create the Trophy competition. The top entry will then be 3D printed by BAE Systems and transformed into the iconic QEPrize trophy, to be presented to the winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at Buckingham Palace later this year.

For the first time ever, this year’s contest was open to entries from all around the world, and we were blown away by the number and quality of the submissions. Entrants from 32 countries worldwide took part in the competition, giving the judges thousands of trophies to choose from. The expert panel of judges, led by Science Museum director Ian Blatchford, were then tasked with whittling the ten best designs down to just one winner.

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John Collins: An interview with an Ambassador

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 5 December 2016

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QEPrize Ambassador John Collins talks to us about his achievements and challenges in civil engineering, and what it takes to get you to your goals.

I am responsible for…

Fixing bridges! More broadly, I am a civil engineer with Arup, working on bridges and other large structures to make sure they stay safe.

Civil engineers design, construct and manage our essential infrastructure, including transport, power, water and communications systems.

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Speeding up chemical reactions with directed evolution

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 30 November 2016

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I never thought I would end up in a school like Caltech pursing a PhD in chemical engineering. When I was young, I wanted to become a medical doctor so that I could help people. It wasn’t until my last year of high school, when I started seriously considering my career path, that I realized all of the people I most wanted to be like were engineers. This realization spurred my decision to go into engineering, because I believed it would best allow me to solve complex problems and contribute to society in a meaningful way.

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Create the Trophy returns to the QEPrize!

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 12 October 2016

The iconic trophy design competition returns to the QEPrize for 2017, and this time it’s international!  The competition has launched today with a brand new app, available to download on apple and android mobile devices.  For the first time ever, the Create the Trophy competition is open to young designers worldwide, and to a wider age range.

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Jennifer Leggett: QEPrize Create the Trophy Winner 2013

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 27 September 2016

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Any secondary school student who thinks they are creative, who has an interest in maths and who wants to help find solutions to real world problems should think about a career in engineering. As a girl studying civil and structural engineering at the University of Sheffield, I often get asked the question: “Why did you choose engineering?”

The simple answer is that I was creative, I had an interest in maths, and I wanted to help find solutions to real world problems. I was lucky enough to find out that as a result of these qualities and traits, engineering would be a perfect career path for me.

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Mission: Fight Malaria Challenge 2016

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 22 September 2016

GSK’s Mission: Fight Malaria Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students age 11-14 to work on a real-world global health issue and develop ideas and innovative solutions that could help to eradicate this disease. With cross-curricular links to design and technology, computing, art and design, citizenship and mathematics, the Challenge has something to suit all 11-14-year-olds. Plus, with fantastic prizes including an exclusive trip to GSK’s cutting-edge research facilities and £1500 worth of science museum vouchers, there are plenty of reasons to take part! The deadline for entering is 20th October – don’t miss out! Visit www.gskscienceeducation.com/challenges/ to find out more.

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Georgia Boulter: Using creativity to make the impossible possible

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 19 September 2016

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From a young age I’ve always been creative, making presents and selling products at local shops. I knew design was an area I wanted to have a career in, and after leaving school I saw my interest progress from graphic to product design. This led me to study Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University.

We learn everything from how to sketch to make sure our designs can be understood, to designing complex features such as undercuts in injection moulding. The variety and depth is brilliant! The course allows not only for creativity in designs, but also encourages designers to think about functionality in their final product. We learn about different manufacturing techniques and the importance of thinking designs through to the end.

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New video: The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 13 September 2016

In this new video, find out more about the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and how it is inspiring young people to consider a career in engineering. Hear from industry leaders, QEPrize judges and Ambassadors as they explain the impact of the QEPrize and the legacy of its winners.

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