This year, the QEPrize trophy has been designed by 16-year-old Jack Jiang, from Hong Kong. Jack’s trophy design was chosen from thousands of entries to the Create the Trophy competition, a biennial search for the best young designers aged 14-24.
Jack attended the 2019 QEPrize announcement in February this year, where he was revealed as the Create the Trophy competition winner by Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum. He also had the chance to meet the 2019 QEPrize winners and HRH The Princess Royal. We spoke to Jack to find out a bit more about his experience of winning the Create the Trophy competition and attending the announcement ceremony.
How does it feel to have your design selected to be awarded to the winner of the most prestigious prize in engineering?
It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to design the trophy for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. It was an incredible opportunity and I am extremely honoured to be part of this prestigious prize. Being one of the youngest entrants selected for the top 10, it shows that creativity and the ability to design is not limited by age. I hope this inspires more young people to enter into the world of engineering.
What do you love about designing?
I enjoy designing as it’s a good way to express yourself. I find it fascinating how you can start from just an idea and eventually turn it into reality.
How has winning Create the Trophy inspired you for your future design work?
Winning the Create the Trophy really got my creative juices flowing, and I am excited about designing more than ever. I hope in the future I can be involved with more design work.
How did it feel to meet the creators of GPS at the QEPrize announcement?
It was an absolute please to meet the creators of GPS. It was a very humbling experience and demonstrates how a simple idea can become so revolutionary. It’s also an exceptional example of how fast humanity is progressing.
What career would you like to have in the future?
I would like to study biology as well as architecture in the future, and a job with a combination of both would be the dream – something like wildlife preservation would be amazing.
Jack is currently studying for his GCSEs in Year 11, and he says he enjoys designing as a way to express himself. His trophy design combines sweeping curved shapes in a three-bladed design, reminiscent of a wind turbine from the top-down view. Create the Trophy judge Roma Agrawal explains why Jack’s intricate design stood out to the judges this year.
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