The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
This global engineering award rewards and celebrates engineers responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity.
The prize was established at the end of 2011 with the ambition to be the pre-eminent international award for engineering achievement. The inaugural £1million prize was presented by HM The Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in June 2013 to the five engineers who had major roles in the development of the Internet and World Wide Web.
Lord Alec Broers FREng chairs the judging panel which comprises leading figures from the international engineering community.
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation has overall responsibility for the prize and the board of trustees is chaired by Lord Browne of Madingley. The day-to-day running of the prize is managed by the Queen Elizabeth Prize team at The Royal Academy of Engineering.
Engineering is fundamental. It tackles the big global issues; it designs our homes and creates our water, energy and communications systems; it sustains our economies.
It transports, transforms, informs and protects. From fashion to fusion, there is no part of our lives it does not touch.
From the creation of new materials to make the clothes of the future to the development of clean, green sources of power – engineering underpins almost every detail of modern life.
This is the real story of twenty-first century engineering. This is what the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates.
The new global £1M prize will recognise world-changing advances in engineering that have made a difference to humanity.
As we search for the winner, we will discover and celebrate the untold stories of engineering success and the people behind them. And we will inspire a new generation of engineers to take up the challenges of the future.