Entries are now being accepted for this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards

Since the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) were launched in 2009, the winning entries have ranged in size from chip designs to pipe laying systems, with the Grand Prix – the best of the best – awarded to entries as varied as a kinetic energy recovery system, an engineer who designed a system to save water on a massive scale, a marine communications company and, in 2015, to a start up company developing deployable space structures.

Other winners from the 2015 Awards included the developer of a prosthetic hand addressing the needs of children, women and others with small hands. There was an innovative test system that makes sure the video you see on your screen is what you should see. The winning design team created the world’s first radar controlled traffic management system, while the Small Company of the Year was recognised for itswork with motion control systems and for taking on multinationals.

This demonstrates the breadth of the UK’s engineering and innovation capabilities. And every year the quality of entries improves. In an impromptu speech to the 2014 Award luncheon, Grand Prix winner Dr Peter Poon of Romax Technology asked the audience: “Can you do it better?” And that encapsulates the spirit of the BEEAs. If you have developed a breakthrough technology, grown an innovative business or excelled in your specialist field, then why not enter the British Engineering Excellence Awards?

The BEEAs not only reward companies who have shown innovation in design within the last year, but also the design engineers who made the innovations possible.

The 2016 categories are:

  • Consultancy of the Year
  • Design Engineer of the Year
  • Design Team of the Year
  • Green Product of the Year
  • Materials Application of the Year
  • New Product of the Year (Electronic)
  • New Product of the Year (Mechanical)
  • Small Company of the Year
  • Start-up of the Year
  • Young Design Engineer of the Year

The judges will then select the winner of the British Engineering Excellence Grand Prix from the winners of each category. They also have the opportunity to make a Special Award.

The Awards are not a rubber stamping exercise; entries are scrutinised by a high quality panel of independent judges (see box) and the companies that make it to the shortlist will have had to impress them.

In order to ensure that companies of all sizes can compete fairly, the Judges will take into consideration such factors as team size, project budget, project design cycle time, the regulatory environment, the competitive nature of the target market, the materials and technology selected by the design team and the attention to environmental issues.

The online entry forms are very easy to complete and entry into the BEEAs is totally FREE. The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2016.

For full category information and to obtain your online entry form, visit www.beeas.co.uk

The winners will be announced at a gala lunch at The HAC, the London home of the Honourable Artillery Company, on 6 October.

For event updates, follow us on Twitter: @TheBEEAs

This year’s judges

Mike Lawton, CEO, Oxford Space Systems

Pete Lomas, Trustee, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Phil Mayo, Managing Director, Premier EDA Solutions

Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Richard Poulton, Hardware Team Leader, Navtech Radar

Andy Sellars, Lead Technologist, High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK

Eric Wilkinson, Chief Operations Officer, Cambridge Consultants

Graham Pitcher, Group Editor, New Electronics

Tim Fryer, Editor, Eureka

Justin Cunningham, Editor, Engineering Materials


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Graham Pitcher

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