QEPrize appoints new chair of judging panel

Professor Lynn Gladden

Categories: QEPrize Winners


2 February 2021 2 minute read

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The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation (QEPrize) is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Dame Lynn Gladden DBE FREng FRS as Chair of the QEPrize Judging Panel with immediate effect.

The QEPrize is the world’s most prestigious engineering prize, celebrating the engineers responsible for ground-breaking innovations in engineering that have been of global benefit to humanity. The prize aims to raise the public profile of engineering and inspire young people to take up the engineering challenges of the future.

Dame Lynn is the Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, a role she has held since 2018. She is also the Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and a Fellow of Trinity College. Dame Lynn is also the UKRI lead for commercialisation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK) and a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering (US).

She is internationally recognised for her work on advancing magnetic resonance imaging techniques, originally developed for use in the medical environment, and using them in engineering research to gain a greater understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena that determine the performance of chemical processes and their resulting products.

Speaking on her appointment as Chair of Judges, Dame Lynn commented: “I am honoured to be asked to Chair the QEPrize judging panel of internationally distinguished engineers. It has been tremendously stimulating to work with some of the leading engineers of our generation to select winning innovations from among so many excellent nominations. The QEPrize is the world’s highest accolade for engineers, recognising the profound effect the profession has across the globe and serving to inspire a new generation of engineers. I look forward very much to our work on the judging panel to find the next winning nomination.”

Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, said: “I am delighted that Dame Lynn has accepted our invitation to lead the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering judging panel as we embark on an exciting new phase for the Prize. She is one of the world’s preeminent engineers, and has served on the panel with distinction since the inception of the Prize. We look forward to working with Lynn as Chair of the judging panel.”

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