Royal Academy award first for Rolls-Royce
IET business partner Rolls-Royce has become the first company to receive the Royal Academy of Engineering's prestigious President's Medal, until now only awarded to individuals
The medal, which recognises initiative in promoting engineering excellence, was established in 1987. Explaining the move at a presentation ceremony in London this week, Royal Academy of Engineering President Lord Browne of Madingley explained: "Over the years, many engineers from Rolls-Royce have won awards made by this Academy. We decided to now award the President's Medal to the company as a whole in recognition of its sustained contribution to technological and commercial excellence in engineering in Britain and around the world. It is a great privilege to make this award to such a great company whose name has been synonymous with quality for over a century."
More Rolls-Royce engineers than from any other company have won the Academy's Silver Medal for outstanding personal contributions to British engineering. The firm itself collected the Academy's MacRobert Award for engineering innovation three times ̵1; most recently in 1996 for the Trent engine family.
Rolls-Royce CEO Sir John Rose commented: "Rolls-Royce is greatly honoured to receive the President's medal and the recognition it gives to the excellence of the company's engineers over many generations. Engineering is vital to the UK's competitiveness and the Royal Academy of Engineering's very valuable work is helping to inspire the next generation of engineers."
Image: Lord Browne presents Sir John Rose with the Royal Academy of Engineering President's Medal