Young Gifted Brunels

Young Gifted Brunels

With CDs and DVDs becoming ever more defunct, it is said that the days of popstars and movie stars earning big money is coming to an end. But in their wake rises a new wave of superstars. They are the engineers who make the world function around us and it’s them who will be moving us towards a more sustainable future.

This year the AFBE-UK is celebrating its 5th Anniversary in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering and will be announcing the Young BME Engineer of the Year at an awards reception on Wednesday 21st November. The shortlist of six candidates was announced with a live guest-Tweet on 17th October at 2pm @AFBE_UK from Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, CEO of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering.

There have been many well-known and well-respected engineers throughout history, such as Neil Armstrong, Henry Ford and Thomas Telford, but there are others whose names may not be so familiar, whose lifelong commitment to engineering has affected the world around us, such as Lewis Lattimer, who invented the electric lightbulb, Marc Brunel who engineered the first tunnel under a river and not forgetting John Alexander Brodie who created the football goal net, back in 1889.

The AFBE, is a not-for-profit organisation which aims at challenging and inspiring Britain’s up-and-coming male and female engineers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. The AFBE attends schools and colleges in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, teaching students about engineering and showing them what a career in this field could mean for them.

On the Young BME Engineer Award, MP for Newcastle Chi Onwurah says: “In today’s global economy it is more essential than ever that we maximise our engineering talent and build on the experiences of all our young people. I hope the young BME engineer can inspire young people as well as recognise it as a fantastic achievement in such an important profession”.

Engineering has a crucial role to play in creating a sustainable future and dealing with the significant global challenges we face in the 21st century. In today’s globalised marketplace, our engineer graduates will have the opportunity to work in a host of different countries throughout their careers.

The AFBE awards reception will be introduced with a thought-provoking panel debate, chaired by Professor Paul Jowitt CBE, Prof of Civil Engineering Systems at Heriot Watt University and Executive Director of the Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology.

During the panel debate you will hear from a group of influential speakers about their experiences of working on engineering projects around the globe, including how their work has affected the long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability of the our country, what worked and what didn’t, and how even a single individual can make a difference.

Panellists include:
• Stephen Young, Head of Profession for Infrastructure, Department for International Development (DFID)
• Tim Askew FREng, Former MD Atkins Middle East & China and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the UAE
• Dr Pritith Parikh, Research Associate Imperial College and Teaching Fellow at University College London
• Richard H. Maudslay, CBE Chairman and Director of National Nuclear Laboratory Limited

The AFBE-UK and the RAEng welcome those interested in finding out about sustainability, and the role of our up-and-coming engineers in building a sustainable future, to attend. The event sponsors are AFBE-UK, TMX Recruit and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The event will take place at 6pm on the 21st November 2012 at Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton Terrace, London.

You can register for this event by visiting or by emailing Dr Nike Folayan at


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Start Date: 21/11/2012
End Date: 21/11/2012
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