Who are our

The distinguished, international panel of judges is comprised of engineers and scientists representing the diversity of the profession. Professor Sir Christopher Snowden is Chairman of the judging panel.

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Sir Christopher Snowden 


Sir Christopher Snowden

Sir Christopher Snowden

Chair of Judges
Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton


Sir Christopher Snowden has been President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton since October 2015. He is a distinguished engineer, academic and businessman with wide experience of the microwave and semiconductor industry. He was knighted in the 2012 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to engineering and higher education.


Prior to his appointment at Southampton, Snowden was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. His earlier roles embraced industry and academia in the UK and USA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow and former Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and was President 2009–10.


In addition to his role as a Vice Chancellor, Snowden was President of Universities UK (UUK) (2013–15), a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory Council for Science and Technology, sits on the Board the ERA Foundation, sat on the governing board of InnovationUK until 2015, and is a member of the National Centre for Universities and Business.


QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0204-1280x8531-767x415Professor Brian Cox 

Professor Brian Cox OBE FInstP

Professor of Particle Physics, University of Manchester and Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science

Professor Brian Cox is a particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Since completing his degrees at Manchester University, Cox has championed public engagement in science and engineering. This has led to him becoming an award-winning broadcaster, with internationally syndicated series including Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. Cox is University Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and received the Order of the British Empire in 2010.

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Professor John Hennessy 


Professor John Hennessy

President, Stanford University

An electrical engineer and computer scientist, Professor John Hennessy is President of Stanford University, California. He joined the faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor, becoming a full professor in 1986. While on sabbatical leave from 1984 to 1985, Hennessy cofounded MIPS Computer Systems (now MIPS Technologies), commercialising the RSIC chip architecture he helped pioneer. The author of several standard texts on computer architecture, Hennessy was also involved in the development of the Flash multimedia platform.

Hennessy is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a board member of Google and Cisco Systems.

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Professor Hiroshi Komiyama 


Professor Hiroshi Komiyama

Chairman, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Professor Hiroshi Komiyama obtained a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Tokyo. He is a Japanese scientist and engineer, and a global authority on sustainability. His major fields of research include environmental engineering, advanced materials science and knowledge sharing. He is the former President of the University of Tokyo, Chairman of the Institute of Mitsubishi Research Institute, and also an advisor to the Japanese government on subjects ranging from education to aging. In 2010 he founded the Platinum Network to achieve a sustainable society that solves environmental, aging, educational and economic issues.


QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Professor Choon Fong Shih 


Professor Choon Fong Shih

University Professor, National University of Singapore

Professor Choon Fong Shih is currently University Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he was formerly President (2000–2008). He also served as Founding President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia (2008–2013). He studied at Harvard University and worked in industry before joining Brown University.


A foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Shih holds the French decoration Chevalier in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Professor Frances Arnold 


Professor Frances Arnold

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, Caltech

Professor Frances Arnold is a renowned American scientist and engineer who has pioneered ‘directed evolution’ to create useful biological systems, including enzymes, metabolic pathways, genetic regulatory circuits and organisms. She is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, where she studies evolution and its applications in science, medicine, chemicals and energy.


Professor Arnold’s research includes the development of highly active enzymes (cellulases) and microorganisms to convert renewable biomass to fuels and chemicals. Arnold has been elected to the US National Academies for Science and Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. She was awarded the Charles Stark Draper Prize, National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011) and the Eni Prize in Renewable and Nonconventional Energy (2013). Arnold was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame (2014).


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Professor Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

Science Director for the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) 
Full Professor, Physics Institute, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

Professor Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz is the Science Director for the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). A researcher in the field of Physics of Ultrafast Phenomena, he has been a visiting researcher at the Quantum Optics Laboratory at the Universitá di Roma, at the Femtosecond Research Laboratory at the Universitè Pierre et Marie Curie, and a resident researcher at the AT&T's Bell Laboratories. Prof. Brito Cruz studied at the Aeronautics Technology Institute (ITA) and at Unicamp, in Brazil. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the AAAS, received the Ordre des Palmes Academiques de France, the Order of the Scientific Merit from the Federative Republic of Brazil, and the Order of the British Empire, Honorary (OBE).

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Professor Reinhard Huettl 


Professor Dr Dr h.c. Reinhard Huettl

President of acatech (National Academy of Science and Engineering), Germany

Professor Dr Dr hc Reinhard Huettl is the Scientific Executive Director and Chairman of the Board at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the National Research Centre for Earth Sciences in Germany and President of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).


Huettl studied Forest and Soil Sciences at the Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg and at Oregon State University (USA). From 1986 to 1992 he was Head of International Research at Kali & Salz AG/BASF-group. He was a member of the Council of Experts for Environmental Questions, a member and Chairman of the Scientific Commission of the Scientific Council as well as a member of the Ethics Commission on the Safe and Secure Provision of Energy, all for the German government. He was conferred the Cross of Merit First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany in July 2008.


Dr Dan Mote 2Dr Dan Mote 

Dr Dan Mote 2Dr Dan Mote

President, US National Academy of Engineering

Dr Dan Mote received the Founders Award of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Medal in recognition of his work providing results of great practical importance in the vibration and stability of rotating and translating flexible structures in the biomechanics of skiing injury and also for academic leadership. He serves on the National Research Council Governing Board, on the National Academy of Engineering Council as an officer and he co-chairs the Academies Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable. He served as President of the University of Maryland for 12 years and on the University of California Berkeley faculty for 31 years. He was awarded the Humboldt Prize by the Federal Republic of Germany and both the University of California Distinguished Teaching Award and its Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award; he is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Fellow of ASME.

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Professor Viola Vogel 


Professor Dr Dr h.c. Viola Vogel

Department of Health Sciences and Technology ETH Zurich

Professor Dr Dr hc Viola Vogel is heading the Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology in the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. After completing her graduate research at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, she spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, before moving through the ranks of Assistant/Associate to Full Professor in Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1991. Vogel was the Founding Director of the Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Washington and served on the White House panel that finalised the US National Nanotechnology Initiative under the Clinton administration. She moved to the ETH in 2004.

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Dr Jean-Lou Chameau


Dr Jean-Lou Chameau

President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
President Emeritus, California Institute of Technology

Dr Jean-Lou Chameau took office as President of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia on July 1, 2013. Dr. Chameau is President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology - Caltech - in the United States, which he led for seven years prior to joining KAUST.


After receiving his engineering degree in France at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and earning his PhD in earthquake engineering from Stanford University, he had a distinguished career as a professor and administrator at Purdue University and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He then served as president of Golder Associates, a geotechnical consulting company, before returning to Georgia Tech as Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and vice provost for research. He became dean of its college of engineering, the largest in the United States, and then provost and vice president for academic affairs.


He has served on a number of public and industry boards, including the Council on Competitiveness, John Wiley & Sons, MTS, Safran and the Academic Research Council of Singapore. Chameau has received numerous awards for his research and contributions as an educator and academic leader. He is a member of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies.


QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Professor Lynn Gladden 


Professor Lynn Gladden CBE FREng FRS

Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor Lynn Gladden is Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering and former Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Cambridge University. A physicist, chemist and chartered engineer, Gladden studied at Bristol and Cambridge. Today she leads activities at the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre, an international centre of excellence in applying magnetic resonance imaging to chemical engineering. Gladden is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics. In 2009 she was awarded a CBE for services to science.

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Professor Calestous Juma 


Professor Calestous Juma HonFREng FRS

Director of the Science, Technology and Globalisation Project, Harvard University

An international authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development, Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School.


Originally a teacher in his native Kenya, Juma became Africa’s first-ever science and environment journalist, writing for the Daily Nation newspaper. Having studied Science, Technology and Industrialisation at the University of Sussex, in 1988 he founded the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), one of Africa’s first independent policy research institutions.

QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Narayana Murthy 


Narayana Murthy CBE

Founder, Infosys

Narayana Murthy is the Founder-Chairman of Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions in Bangalore, India, listed on NASDAQ in 1999.
He serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, Rhodes Trust and the UN Foundation. He has served as a member of the board at HSBC, Unilever, Cornell University, Wharton School and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.


Murthy was listed among the ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time’ by Fortune magazine in 2012. The Economist ranked him among the 10 most-admired global business leaders in 2005. He has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the government of France, the CBE by the British government and the Padma Vibhushan by the government of India. He is a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.


QEprize_EMAILRES_Jalden_0197-1280x8531-767x415Paul Westbury 


Paul Westbury FREng

Group Technical Director, Laing O’Rourke

Paul Westbury is Group Technical Director at Laing O’Rourke. He joined Laing O’Rourke with more than 23 years’ experience within the global technical design and engineering consultancy industry. Previously he served as chief executive officer of Buro Happold, the 27-office global engineering practice, leading a diverse portfolio focused on engineering and design management, specialist consulting and technical services.


Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. In 2008 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his contribution to British engineering.