A pioneer in medical technology has been awarded the IET’s Faraday Medal, as part of the institution’s Achievement Awards.
Professor Christofer Toumazou invented and commercialised “lab-on-a-chip” technology that can decode a patient’s DNA in under 30 minutes, enabling testing for genetic disease and drug intolerances on the spot.
The co-editor-in-chief of the IET’s Electronics Letters journal has also been responsible for developing cochlear implants for children born deaf and an artificial pancreas for type 1 diabetics and now holds more than 50 patents and employs over 350 people.
Despite leaving school with no A-Levels he has published more than 750 research papers, founded the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College and set up two successful medical device companies – Toumaz Technology and DNA Electronics.
William Webb, IET president, said: “The Institution of Engineering and Technology Achievement Awards recognise individuals who have made a truly outstanding contribution to engineering and technology, from talented young professionals through to engineers at the pinnacle of their careers.
“The IET is passionate about promoting engineering excellence and the Achievement Awards showcase some of the world’s best engineering talent. The winners should be extremely proud of their achievements.”
Broadcast engineer Keith Hayler has been awarded the IET Achievement Medal for his contribution to the industry since the 1970s, which has involved the design and deployment of the world’s first digital radio and television platforms including Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB).
Hayler was also the technical lead for the re-launch of the digital TV transmission platform now known as Freeview, following the commercial failure of the first launch, and headed up the cross-industry project team that launched the ‘seven day guide’ now readily available on all digital TV services.
This year’s Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award for Young Professionals winner is Alexander Bennett who started working for the Naval ships division of BAE Systems three years ago, having gained a First Class Honours degree at university and an IET Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
At just 29 years old, he is already in charge of the engineering and design teams across several locations in Scotland and England and responsible for delivering a £350m project for the business.
The winners, who were nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of IET judges, are leading engineers and technicians, who will now be invited to collect their awards at a prestigious awards ceremony on 19 November.