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Registrants recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering among pioneering engineers

Published: 14/09/2020

RAEng awards and medals 2020The Engineering Council would like to congratulate the registrants recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) among their 2020 award winners, announced today.

These RAEng awards and medals celebrate engineering excellence and seek to recognise and reward the very best of engineering talent, from those whose achievements have a huge impact on society to early career engineers disrupting their fields of expertise.

Professor Dame Julia Higgins DBE CEng FREng FRS received the Sir Frank Whittle Medal for her sustained excellence in designing, analysing and modifying polymer materials. She is internationally recognised as one of the preeminent polymer engineers of her generation. Julia Higgins’ work has provided some of the tools to help design processes and control properties for these difficult to mix materials. Her work is also very relevant to the current problems of recycling plastics and why so much effort has been put into separating the different plastic materials in our waste bins.

Dr Marko Bacic CEng FIET, Engineering Associate Fellow – Control Systems & Gas Turbine Functionality, Rolls-Royce, is one of four winners of a Silver Medal for an outstanding personal contribution to UK engineering by an early to mid-career engineer resulting in market exploitation.

Lawrence Shackman CEng MICE, Head of Rail Projects, Transport Scotland, is part of the team who won the Major Project Award for their work on the Queensferry Crossing (with Iain Murray, Managing Director BEAR Scotland, Jacobs; Peter Curran, Project Director, Ramboll; Mike Glover OBE FREng and Richard Hornby, Directors, Arup).

Amy Wright CEng MICE is one of five RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineers of the Year, supported by the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

Professor Raffaella Ocone OBE FREng FRSE, Chair of the Academy’s Awards Committee, says:

“Engineering underpins our daily lives, and these awards acknowledge and celebrate engineers and engineering achievements that are often hidden from public view.

These engineers help to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges in fields spanning medical, civil, digital, and materials, and deserve to be celebrated for the work they do.”

For the full list of medal and award winners announced today, please visit the RAEng website.


For press enquiries:    

Kate Webster, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0567

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. Through these processes it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit:

The Royal Academy of Engineering is harnessing the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone.

In collaboration with our Fellows and partners, we’re growing talent and developing skills for the future, driving innovation and building global partnerships, and influencing policy and engaging the public.

Together we’re working to tackle the greatest challenges of our age.

For more information please contact: Victoria Runcie at the Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 0207 766 0620; email: