Dinner

The ERA Foundation organizes its 17th annual dinner, conference and awards ceremony

The ERA Foundation recently held its 17th annual awards dinner and lecture at the historic Maxwell Library at the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Credit: ERA Foundation

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ERA Foundation recently hosted its 17th Annual Awards Dinner and Conference.

Sir Alan Rudge, Sir Christopher Snowden and the ERA Foundation Board welcomed over 100 guests to the event on May 17 at the historic Maxwell Library in Institute of Engineering and Technology.

This year’s annual lecture was given by Phil Smith, former CEO and Chairman of Cisco, former Chairman of Innovate UK and currently Chairman of IQE PLC.

As the ERA Foundation notes, “Phil is a distinguished thinker and speaker on the transformational nature of our connected world, sustainability, ambition, inclusion and diversity and the critical need for STEM skills for our future generations” . Phil’s keynote presentation was titled “Digital Thinking – The Key to a Productive Nation” and explored the increasingly competitive environment of the growing global digital economy.


The ERA Foundation recently hosted its 17th Annual Awards Dinner and Lecture at the historic Maxwell Library at the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Credit: ERA Foundation


Another highlight of the evening was the awarding of the RAEng ERA Foundation Enterprise Fellowships and the Clark ERA Foundation Prize.

RAEng ERA Foundation Enterprise Fellowships were awarded to Brendan Digney (Machine Eye), Henry Harrod (Fourier Audio) and Naomi McGregor (Movetru), and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851 ERA Foundation Industrial Fellowship was awarded to Liam Bussey ( BT).

Super recognized teachers

David Clark presented this year’s ERA Foundation Clark Prize to Cath Milne and Rebecca Lofthouse, two incredible teachers from Avoch Elementary School and Skipton Girls Secondary School, respectively. In the words of the ERA Foundation, its Clark Award “recognizes those who have gone beyond what is required in the educational program and have been able to demonstrate a strong track record in presenting the engineering of the real world to students while inspiring them”.


Cath Milne of Avoch Elementary School receiving her Clark Award

Cath Milne of Avoch Elementary School receiving her Clark Award


Avoch Primary School Principal, Lynsey Third, said: “As a school, we are delighted that Cath has received the recognition she deserves with this fantastic award. Cath already provides so much support to her colleagues and has been involved in delivering lessons, organizing STEM activities at our school and ASG, she has also been involved in designing progressive planners that go from early grade through secondary. Cath has big plans for the prize money that will benefit a lot of kids and provide great engineering and STEM experiences.

The school plans to use the Clark Award to provide “engineering kits” for children of all ages to get their hands on; training to build domain knowledge on complex engineering topics such as coding; and to develop new projects and resources for students around hydraulics and pneumatics, among others.

Skipton Girls High School Principal Mark Turner said: “We are delighted that Rebecca has received the David Clark Award for Teaching Secondary Engineering. This reflects the incredible work she has done to engage and grow our students’ aspirations and their access to high quality experiences both within and beyond the core curriculum.

“We are very grateful to ERA for the work it does to encourage and support high quality education and career development in this vital area of ​​importance to developing our engineers of the future.

“We are delighted that the award will help to further develop the exciting work of our ‘Engineers of the Future’ program that Rebecca leads at the school.”


Skipton Girls' High School's Rebecca Lofthouse receives her Clark Award

Skipton Girls’ High School’s Rebecca Lofthouse receives her Clark Award


Meanwhile, Rebecca said she would use the award to help further develop the Engineers of the Future program, which she leads. This will include additional building materials, equipment to explore power storage and generation, architectural advice, and enable technician and staff support.

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School’s Jacqui Sandbach has been named a finalist for the Clark Prize for Secondary Schools. Jacqui was recognized for her “passion for promoting engineering vocations to girls and young women, and encouraging them to succeed while engaging in inspiring STEM activities and events,” the ERA Foundation said. Jacqui said she would use her award to buy a laser cutter and 3D printer to support GCSE engineering and design technology courses.

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