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Our Engineering Hall of Fame brings together and celebrates the most inspiring and innovative British Engineers, from the eighteenth century to the present day. It also looks to the future of British engineering, by recognising the amazing achievements of contemporary engineers.


Engineering Hall of Fame 2015 - our top five British engineers

We narrowed your nominations down to a shortlist of just five contemporary British engineers whose work demonstrated outstanding innovation and has had a positive impact on society.

Voting has now closed - thank you to everyone who has voted for their favourite engineer for the Semta Engineering Hall of Fame. The 2015 investee will be announced at the Semta Skills Awards 2015 gala dinner.


Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS
A world authority on low noise aircraft and low emission power stations, Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS has been Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge since 2009 and became the first female President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.


Mark Chapman
Mark Chapman is the Chief Engineer of The Bloodhound Project, developing the ultimate Land Speed Record car – BLOODHOUND SSC. This iconic project is playing a vital role in raising the profile of the sector and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.




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Joel Gibbard
Joel Gibbard is a robotics engineer and founder of Open Bionics.  His invention of 3-D printed bionic hands provides an affordable, accessible alternative to expensive prosthetics with life-changing benefits for those who would not normally be able to afford them.


Professor Máire O'Neill
Professor Máire O’Neill is one of Europe’s leading digital security experts. As Professor of Information Security at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast, she is the youngest ever Professor at the University and its first female Professor in electrical and electronic engineering.


Dr Dan Plant
Dr Dan Plant, a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow at Imperial College London, works in the field of advanced active materials. He holds a number of high profile technical advisory roles and is the inventor of Armourgel. Armourgel, winner of the most innovative product award at Eurobike 2012, is a light, flexible material that absorbs shock on impact with a multitude of practical applications to reduce physical harm.