UK: The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) is inviting engineers with no more than five years' industry experience to submit an entry to the 2007 Young Persons' Award for Innovation in Acoustical Engineering. "In an increasingly competitive world, we need to invest in innovation," the IOA's Colin English tells David Davies.
The award - sponsored by Industrial Acoustics Company Limited (IAC) - is designed to reward those engineers who are in the formative stages of their careers, and who have developed "innovative and practical acoustical engineering solutions to problems they have faced".
The top prize is _200 in cash, a solid silver trophy and a luxury weekend break for two in Barcelona, while there will also be prizes for two runners-up. The honours will be handed out by Trevor Baylis - inventor of the celebrated Freeplay wind up radio - at the IOA's autumn conference in October.
"The Institute's Young Persons' Award is designed to celebrate and encourage younger acoustical engineers whose innovative ideas make such a difference to people's lives in an increasingly noisy world," says IOA president Colin English. "Judges will be looking for entries that are feasible and practical, money-saving, green, user-friendly, time-saving and [offer] improvements to existing processes, and we anticipate a high standard of entries. We are delighted that Trevor Baylis will be presenting the 2007 award as the champion of British innovation."
Entrants may either nominate themselves or be suggested by a third party. Submissions - which need to be made by March 30th - should include a description of the nominated project and how it meets the aims of the award in no less than 500 words. Entry forms and more details of the terms can be obtained from either the IAC or IOA websites.