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Finalists announced for the UK’s most prestigious engineering award (via Qpute.com)

The advanced composite wing from Bombadier which is one of the four finalists (Bombadier)

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the four finalists for this year’s MacRobert Award.

The prestigious award is now in its fiftieth year and recognises ‘engineering teams that demonstrate outstanding innovation, tangible societal benefit and proven commercial success within the UK engineering sector.’

The winner will be announced on July 11 and will receive a MacRobert Award gold medal and a £50,000 cash prize. Former winners include the CT scanner and the Raspberry Pi computer, which this week released its fourth iteration.

The M Squared SolsTiS Titanium:Sapphire is being used in quantum computing (M Squared)

This year, the finalists span aviation, human transplants, quantum technology and cybersecurity. They are:

  1. Bombardier from Belfast, which has developed an innovative, resin-infused advanced composite wing that minimises the aircraft’s environmental impact by reducing both weight and fuel burn in flight, and waste during manufacture.
  2. Darktrace, from Cambridge, which has created Antigena, an AI-powered ‘self-healing’ cybersecurity system that can both identify and neutralise cyberattacks. It responds to a threat every three seconds and is being used by over 550 companies.
  3. M Squared, from Glasgow, which has constructed a new kind of laser called SolsTiS Titanium:Sapphire. It produces the world’s purest light and can be tuned across the spectrum. The laser is enabling new scientific discoveries and bringing about radical transformations in quantum computing, healthcare, navigation and climate change technology.
  4. OrganOx from Oxford has created the metra, a world-first device that can keep a human donor liver functioning outside of the body for up to 24 hours prior to a transplant.
The OrganOx metra device can keep a liver alive for up to 24 hours before a transplant (OrganOx)

‘Our four 2019 finalists represent the pinnacle of an engineering sector that contributes 23% of the UK’s economic turnover, creating jobs and enhancing lives both here in the UK and around the world,’ said Dr Dame Sue Ion, the chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s judging panel.

‘As the MacRobert Award marks its half century, we are excited for the future. Great British engineering innovations, such as those recognised today, benefit not just the UK, but transform lives around the world.’

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