One contemporary British engineer will join Barnes Wallis, Isambard Kingdon Brunel and George Stephenson in Semta's Engineering Hall of Fame

Contemporary engineer to join hall of fame

Five contemporary British engineers have been nominated to join some of history’s greatest minds in Semta’s Engineering Hall of Fame.

Inventor and entrepreneur Sir James Dyson, mechanical engineer David Gow, electrical generation engineer Sam Etherington, inventor and entrepreneur Tim Morgan and Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design will go head to head in a public vote to determine who receives the recognition.

Ten nineteenth and twentieth century engineers will be invested in to the hall of fame having been selected by a panel of engineers, but they will be joined by one of the contemporary nominees with the winner to be announced at a ceremony in London on 12 February during the inaugural Semta Skills Awards.

Ann Watson, chief operating officer of Semta, the engineering skills body, said: “Britain’s engineers are still the best in the world and we will be putting them on the world stage to take a bow alongside their illustrious predecessors.

“We are blowing away the myth that the best days of British engineering are behind us – w e say not so – ensuring that one of our five nominees achieves engineering ‘immortality.’ Semta is working tirelessly to ensure that great British businesses have enough great British engineers – and we are making significant inroads to filling the skills gap.

“The Semta Skills Awards will shine the spotlight on those scaling great heights in modern Britain and those that have done so down the centuries – with the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineering talent to do so in the future.”

Voting has opened today on Semta’s website.

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