Yesterday I attended the British Engineering Excellence Awards, or the BEEAs as they are known. The BEEAs is a celebration of all that is great about British engineering and engineers. To be honest I actually found it quite inspiring that our engineering superheroes are rewarded in this way, too often we overlook the achievements that are made and the dedication, inspiration and perspiration that goes into many projects.
In his keynote speech Phil Mayo, Chairman of the judging panel spoke of the passion that is shared by engineers and how this unites us, yes, I said us, because if you strip away my marketing title you’ll find 20 years of engineering beneath. I’m proud of my engineering background and love to take every opportunity to talk about it.
The short listed companies, projects, products and people were of an incredibly high standard, so even making it to the short list was itself an achievement. All of the entries to this year’s categories were outstanding and the judges commented on how year on year it gets more difficult to draw up the shortlist of finalists because the standard of submissions is so high – a very good sign.
Cambridge Consultants is a sponsor of the BEEAs and our COO Eric Wilkinson presented a well-deserved award to the winner of the Start Up of the Year category to Oxford Space Systems for their pioneering work in lightweight deployable structures.
In particular the selection of the Young Design Engineer of the year was very difficult because of the quality of the entries. It was amazing to see how much these young engineers had already achieved in their careers and bodes well for the future of engineering. The judges added a Highly Commended award for Jenna Allen of A-one+ and the winner Dan Stamp of Klikloc demonstrated a very impressive career profile.
Another thing that stood out about the passion all the entrants have for engineering is that they are actively being ambassadors for engineering, engaging with the next generation of engineers.
I would love to think that some of those kids will one day be receiving their own Young Design Engineer of the year accolade.
So I toast our engineering superheroes - may they never lose their passion.