COMPETITION: Colin Campbell Mitchell Award 2022

The Colin Campbell Mitchell Award is now open. The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 4 February 2022. Awarded to an individual or team of up to six engineers, either working or studying in the UK. It will be awarded…

The Colin Campbell Mitchell Award is now open.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 4 February 2022.

Awarded to an individual or team of up to six engineers, either working or studying in the UK. It will be awarded for having made the greatest contribution to the advancement of any field of engineering within the period of the four years prior to the making of the award. A cash prize of £3,000 will be awarded to an individual, up to a maximum of £6,000 for a team.

The Colin Campbell Mitchell Award commemorates the life and work of one of Scotland’s most accomplished marine engineers. Edinburgh-born Colin Campbell Mitchell OBE FRSE (1904-69) had a long and distinguished career with Brown Brothers Engineering, where he pioneered the development of the steam catapult for use on aircraft carriers.

Recipients
2021

2021
Vector Photonics

The 2021 award was presented to the three engineers- Dr Richard Taylor, Dr David Childs and Professor Richard Hogg- behind the development of a revolutionary semiconductor laser, hailed as the biggest breakthrough in this field in 30 years. The team’s ground-breaking photonic crystal surface emitting laser (PCSEL) combines and improves upon the strengths of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL) and edge-emitting laser (EEL), involving a novel laser geometry that eliminates the compromise between speed, cost, and power inherent in previous semiconductor lasers.

Scalable and able to operate at any wavelength, PCSELs are game-changing technology with applications in the communications sector but also offers a step change in performance for additive manufacturing, gas sensing and lidar. Many different types of lasers are currently on the market and businesses must choose the ones that will best meet their particular purposes. In future, the PCSEL may fulfil all requirements for diode laser manufacturing.

Inventors of game-changing semiconductor laser win prestigious Academy award
2020
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2020
Reaction Engines

A team from Reaction Engines, led by Dr Helen Webber, won the Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award for the successful completion of high-temperature tests of a unique precooler system for the SABRE engine project. This technology hybrid jet/rocket engine is designed to power a single-stage fully reusable launch vehicle able to take off and land horizontally on an airfield, and could be a key breakthrough in making space travel more affordable and could also have important applications closer to Earth.

Academy recognises pioneering engineers’ leading innovations from polymers to medical devices
2019
Colin Campbell Mitchell Award winning team. From left to right: Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill, Dr Jean Francois Pieri, Dr Terence Martin, Dr Carl Barratt, Kanwaljit Bhogal
2019
A multidisciplinary team of engineers and healthcare experts from the University of Nottingham, Monica Healthcare and GE Healthcare are to receive this year’s Colin Campbell Mitchell Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering for developing the Monica Novii™ Wireless Patch System, a wearable monitor for women in labour that accurately and continuously monitors the baby’s heartbeat. Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill and Professor John Crowe from the University of Nottingham, Terence Martin from Monica Healthcare, and Kanwaljit Bhogal, Jean-Francois Pieri and Carl Barratt from GE Healthcare, collaborated to apply practical electronics and biomedical engineering to a real-world medical setting, to address the challenges of reliably and accurately measuring the heartbeat of a baby during labour.

Colin Campbell Mitchell press release 2019