Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

2019 QEPrize announcement – ambassador perspectives

  • Posted by QEPrizeAdmin
  • 17th April 2019

On 12 March, we hosted one of the most exciting events in our calendar: the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) announcement ceremony. This year’s prize recognised Dr Bradford Parkinson, Professor James Spilker, Jr, Hugo Fruehauf, and Richard Schwartz – four engineers responsible for creating the first truly global, satellite-based positioning system – GPS.

The QEPrize is the world’s most prestigious engineering accolade, a £1 million prize that celebrates the global impact of engineering innovation on humanity. This year’s award is particularly compelling for its sheer ubiquity and range of use. Today, an estimated four billion people around the world use GPS. Its applications range from navigation and disaster relief through to climate monitoring systems, banking systems, and the foundation of tomorrow’s transport, agriculture, and industry.

The 2019 winners were announced to the world by Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal in London. Also attending the event were pupils of Ysgol Glan-y-Môr Comprehensive School, senior executives from QEPrize donor companies, and members of the QEPrize Ambassador Network.

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Inspiring the next generation with HRH The Prince of Wales

  • Posted by QEPrizeAdmin
  • 14th November 2018

Image of HRH The Prince of Wales

We recently invited STEM-enrolled high school students from six schools across Ayrshire to attend a careers-in-engineering event at Dumfries House in Scotland, led by several members of the QEPrize Ambassador Network. The event, held in The Morphy Richards Engineering Centre on the estate, provided a series of engaging demonstrations to highlight how engineering is a viable and rewarding alternative to other STEM-related higher education courses that the students may be considering.

Alongside raising the profile of engineering, a key aim of the QEPrize – both operationally and symbolically – is to inspire the next generation to take up the profession and face the challenges of the future. The Morphy Richards Engineering Centre at Dumfries House provided the perfect environment for the occasion, as it runs various programmes throughout the year designed to highlight the value of and exciting career prospects in engineering.

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Busting myths and building bridges: Ambassadors at Ashmount School

  • Posted by QEPrizeAdmin
  • 9th April 2018

How do you inspire the next generation of engineers? It turns out that a batch of ‘flying’ eggs, some eye-catching PowerPoints and a whole lot of spaghetti can make a pretty good start.

On 21-23 March, a team of three Ambassadors visited Ashmount School in Islington, to inspire students as part of their STEM week. Their lessons were inspired by engineering ‘heroes’ in the form of Andrea Beatty’s characters, ‘Iggy Peck, Architect’ (year 1) and ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ (year 2). Year 3 learned about Lonnie G Johnson (NASA engineer who invented the super soaker).

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You won’t believe what we did last summer…

  • Posted by QEPrizeAdmin
  • 15th January 2018

Why on earth would anyone use 2 weeks of annual leave to build a model railway?  As STEM Ambassadors, we often joke that championing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is a full-time job. Problem is, we already have day jobs, as engineers.  That’s why we spent our summer holiday being filmed by Love Productions for a Channel 4 show, surviving clouds of midges and rain.

You are probably questioning our sanity now, but when you’re as acutely aware of the need for more engineers in your industry then it’s hard not to seize every opportunity to promote the industry in a more positive light.  Oh, and it sounded like a great challenge to take on an engineering project of such a grand scale, in a really tight time limit.   Still not convinced you that it was a good idea? Well, we’ve interviewed each other to see if we can explain a bit more behind our reasons.

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