Finalists announced for NI engineering awards

Posted on 20 Oct 2015 by Victoria Fitzgerald

Newbury-based National Instruments has announced the finalists for its 2015 Engineering Impact Awards.

The annual competition honours Northern Europe’s most innovative engineering projects using National Instruments (NI) software and hardware.

NI’s platform helps engineers and scientists to address pressing engineering challenges facing society.

The finalists in this year’s Engineering Impact Awards are examples of what is made possible when domain expertise is combined with NI tools, in order to solve the world’s most challenging engineering problems.

The NI judging panel has recognised the following applications in this year’s Engineering Impact Awards.

Winners will be announced at the Engineering Impact Awards ceremony, held at The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, on Monday November 2.

Several finalists will also present their applications in technical sessions at the NIDays conference, the following day.

The finalists:

Advanced Research

  • Merlin: Developing a High-Speed X-Ray Imaging System for Synchrotron Beam Lines Using FlexRIO and LabVIEW – Quantum Detectors
  • Monitoring Activity in the Brain’s Visual Cortex in Virtual Reality Environments – University College London


  • NI Helps to Deliver a 21st Century Upgrade to the Oxford Physics Teaching Labs – University of Oxford
  • Robotic Table Football: Revolutionising Mechatronics Education Using myRIO and LabVIEW – Loughborough University

Electronics Test & Measurement

  • ON Semiconductor Speeds Up Test Times With the Semiconductor Test System – ON Semiconductor
  • Semiconductor Validation System for Fingerprint Identification Chip Used in Mobile Devices – Fingerprint Cards AB

Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Developing a Network of Smart, Connected Devices to Better Understand Household Energy Efficiency – TBG Solutions
  • Preparing Today for the Grid of Tomorrow – National Grid UK

Life Sciences

  • Holographic Tweezers: Positioning Living Stem Cells in 3D – University of Nottingham
  • Studying Sonar Beam Forming in Porpoises With 48-Channel, High-Speed System – Aarhus University

Machine Control

  • Subsea Cable Survey and Inspection ROV Control System – TBG Solutions
  • Zero Emission Music: A Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Band – Imperial College London

Physical Test & Measurement

  • Advancing the design of the Blade Compressor – Wiresmith Technology & Lontra
  • Lubricating the Gears of Greatness – Muc-Off

Student Design Competition 2015:

As well as honouring industry and academic excellence, the Engineering Impact Awards also celebrate the remarkable work of undergraduate students.

NI has recognised the following three outstanding submissions to the Student Design Competition 2015:

Design and Manufacture of a Miniature Railway Locomotive, University of Southampton

LabAtar – Humanoid Robot Teleoperation System – University of Leeds

MedSIM – A Haptic Simulator for Medical Training – University of Leeds

To learn more about the NI Engineering Impact Awards or to submit an entry for next year’s contest, visit