Plessey’s Gethn Pickard declared UK’s leading engineer under 30 at last night’s TechWorks Awards

7 November 2019

Plessey’s Gethn Pickard has been declared the UK’s best engineer under 30 at last night’s TechWorks Awards. The awards celebrate the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland. The TechWorks Awards have run annually since 2001 – originally branded as the NMI Awards.

The category was sponsored by Diodes and the award was presented by Penny Power OBE, who said Pickard was “a great example of the industry’s future.” Adding: “This is without doubt the most competitive of all TechWorks Awards.” Adding that in his four years he had “built up an impressive list of achievements [and was] aiding the company in making informed decisions early in the customer journey.”

The judges were also impressed with Pickard’s enthusiasm in encouraging GCSE and A Level students to consider a career in Electronics and Engineering.”

Last night’s awards were held at a prestigious venue in Kensington, London.

The full list of winners is:

  • Company of the Year Award – Secure Thingz
  • Contribution to Industry Award – Professor Paul Dorey, CSO Confidential
  • Product of the Year Award – Darktrace, Enterprise Immune System
  • Disruptive Innovation Award – Nanusens
  • Emerging Technology Company of the Year Award – Nanusens
  • Automotive Electronics Innovation & Excellence Award – Blu Wireless
  • IoT Security Foundation Champion Award – Signify
  • Manufacturing Site of the Year Award – Diodes Inc (Oldham site)
  • Manufacturing Supplier of the Year Award (based on industry survey) – Compugraphics International
  • R&D Excellence Award – Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
  • Young Engineer of the Year award –   Gethn Pickard, Plessey Semiconductors
  • Cyber Student of the Year in Automotive Award – Angela Mison, University of South Wales
  • UKESF Scholar of the Year Award – Hugo McNally, University of Southampton/On Semiconductors and Mary Bennett, University of Surrey/Embecosm

Category sponsors were Arm, Cadence, CSA Catapult, Diodes, IC Resources,  Logos Logistics, Lumentum, Maser Engineering, NXP, Paratus People, and Thales.

Additional event sponsors were Lynbond and Synopsys. Table sponsors were Ansys, EDA Solutions, Embecosm, Mentor, Rood Microtec, Sondrel, Ultraleap, and Xaar.

About TechWorks

TechWorks is the UK Industry Association for ‘Deep Tech’; the underpinning technologies such as AI, robotics, 5G, machine vision, IoT, analytics and automation that drive the new economy.

Technology innovation has changed and is changing our world at an enormous rate creating new opportunities across all areas of industry and commerce. With this whirlwind of change comes huge political and societal changes, disrupting the established norms in all walks of life.

TechWorks is an industry association at the core of the UK deep tech community with an ambition to harness our fantastic engineering and innovation to develop the UK’s position as a global technology superpower.

TechWorks operates beyond established silos by:

  • Creating dynamic, connected technical and business communities to empower innovation and collaboration, supporting business growth and investment
  • Identifying the critical common challenges and leading responses to tackle them
  • Developing the UK tech ecosystem and partnerships across industry, academia and government to ensure the UK is amongst the best location globally to start, build and scale a Deep Tech organisation

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About Plessey

Plessey is an award-winning provider of full-field emissive microLED displays that combine very high-density RGB pixel arrays with high-performance CMOS backplanes to produce very high-brightness, low-power and high-frame-rate image sources for head-mounted displays (HMDs), and augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) systems. Plessey operates leading-edge 150mm and 200mm wafer processing facilities to undertake design, test and assembly of LED products, and a comprehensive suite of photonic characterization and applications laboratories. For more information, visit Plessey’s website, TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn pages.

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