James Read, Cranfield University

receiving his Award from Dr Paul Golby CBE FREng, Chair of NATS and Giles Hartill, Chief Technologist AWE plc with Master Engineer Dr Dolores Byrne OBE [image courtesy of Mark Witter Photography].

James Read is a leading researcher in defence engineering at Cranfield University.  His research in safety and sustainability has been at the forefront of innovation within the defence engineering community.  His novel approaches and results have been adopted by leading defence leading organisations within both academia, government, and industry.

James’ innovation in ‘capture’ materials, used in fragmentation trials, will provide accurate penetration data, allowing protective engineering approaches in designing armour systems to be enhanced to guarantee improved safety of our frontline forces, provide cost savings to the MOD and contribute to sustainability using UK suppliers.

A new award for 2024 in collaboration with AWE plc, this award recognises defence engineering innovations and achievements within the last two years by those in the early stages of their engineering career that have provided:

  • a positive impact to the efficacy or safety of the frontline members of the armed forces, or;
  • financial savings to the Ministry of Defence, or;
  • benefit to the engineering community and/or defence industry

The Worshipful Company of Engineers Charitable Trust (the Engineers Trust) acknowledges excellence in engineering, supports engineering education and research, gives grants and assists in the relief of hardship and poverty.