The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) – the world’s most prestigious international engineering prize – is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sir Christopher Snowden as Chair of the judging panel for the awarding of the 2017 prize. The prize, awarded every two years, celebrates the work of engineers responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity.
Sir Christopher, knighted for services to higher education and engineering, was recently appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton. In addition to this role he is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, the National Centre for Universities and Business and a board member of InnovateUK.
A distinguished engineer, academic and businessman with wide experience in the microwave and semiconductor industry, Sir Christopher is a Fellow and former Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Speaking on his appointment as Chair of the judging panel, Sir Christopher commented: “I am honoured to be asked to Chair the QEPrize judging panel of internationally distinguished engineers. It is very stimulating to work with some of the leading engineers of our generation to select the winning nomination from among so many worthy candidates. The QEPrize is the highest accolade for engineers, recognising the most significant contributions around the globe and inspiring a new generation of engineers. I look forward very much to our work on the judging panel to find the next winning nomination.”
This announcement comes prior to the opening of nominations for the third QEPrize, which is scheduled for March 2016. Nominations will be accepted throughout the spring of 2016, with the winner(s) expected to be announced early next year.Full press release