IET on the hunt for gold-standard engineers

Posted on 16 May 2016 by Jonny Williamson

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is looking to recognise the engineers and technicians who have made considerable contributions to either individual companies or the industry as a whole.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s largest professional engineering institutions, with a prestigious awards and scholarships programme. Within it is the Mensforth Manufacturing Gold Medal, awarded to individuals who have made major and distinguished contributions in the manufacturing sector.

The organisation is asking people to put forward a colleague and if selected, they will be celebrated at its annual IET Achievement Awards ceremony where they will be presented with their medal. They will also have the opportunity to present on a manufacturing topic at the IET’s next Viscount Nuffield/Mensforth Lecture.

To make your nomination for the Mensforth Manufacturing Gold Medal, or to nominate for any of the other medals, click here.

Deadline for nominations is May 27, 2016.

Not least, they will join the impressive list of past Medal winners, which includes Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover; Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems group managing director of programmes and support, UK; and Gavin Campbell, director of design engineering and technology development at Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast.

All have been leaders and innovators in manufacturing, in the same spirit of the man the Medal is named after, Sir Eric Mensforth – a key player in British aircraft manufacturing, particularly in developing the British helicopter. He was managing director at Westlands Aircraft which, under his leadership, became the foremost manufacturer of spitfires.

Not content with producing only spitfires, Mensforth used his contacts in the US to bring in American designs of helicopters, which proved more effective than British designs by rival companies. Westlands Aircraft soon became known as the only substantial British manufacturer of military helicopters.

Mensforth and his namesake Medal represent initiative and achievement in manufacturing, and the IET is looking for a candidate who fulfils this criteria. You don’t have to be an IET member to nominate or be nominated for this award which is open to nominees of all nationalities.