The prize is named after our founding President, Dr Peter Watson, who passed away in 2015. It was created to support young engineers at the start of their career, a cause Peter keenly supported throughout his working life. Entrants should meet at least one of the following criteria:
A person working in industry below the age of 28 on submission
A post-doctoral worker with a maximum of 3 years’ experience since completing a PhD/EngD
Any currently registered undergraduate or postgraduate student
Interested engineers should submit an application form and a one page abstract summarising the presentation they would like to give. The presentation should be relevant to the interests of the EIS and should be based on work that the applicant has undertaken themselves. Suitable topics include: durability, fatigue, NVH, sound and vibration, simulation, test and measurement. Applications will be assessed by a panel and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to present at the Final in October 2019.
Finalists will be invited to make a 15 minute presentation at a special EIS event at Derby County Football Club. Presenters will also have 5 minutes to take questions from the panel, who will assess the candidates and their presentations for technical content, presentation quality and handling of questions.
A prize of £400 will be presented to the young engineer who has delivered the best presentation as determined by the judges. A prize of £200 will be presented to the individual who the judges would like to highly commend.
Applications must be received by 30 June 2019 by emailing