ROLLS-ROYCE RECONISES ENGINEERING INNOVATION.
Rolls-Royce plc, the global civil aerospace, defence, marine and energy group, yesterday rewarded individuals and teams of engineers for their technical expertise and innovative solutions.
Winners of the Chairman's Awards for Technical Innovation received their awards from Rolls-Royce Chairman Sir Ralph Robins at a special ceremony in Derby.
Sir Ralph said: ``We judged entrants on the contribution made to the development of our products by means of technical innovation. The winners exemplify the values the company is seeking to encourage, and are to be congratulated on the significant role they have played in helping Rolls-Royce maintain its reputation for technical excellence.''
As well as the innovation awards themselves, Sir Ralph also made presentations to the winners of high-value patent awards and Engineering Travel Scholarships, and to senior engineers recently appointed to the prestigious Rolls-Royce Engineering Fellowship.
The Individual Award winner - for important innovations in the proprietary COMPASS engine condition monitoring system, which has become the system of choice throughout the airline industry and is currently used by almost 100 airlines to monitor their civil engine fleets, was Dr Mike Provost. He is based in Derby as a senior project engineer in Advanced Propulsion Systems Design (Civil).
The Team Award winners were David Ayres, James Mannall, Stephen Mobbs, Matthew Springham and Glyn Youdan. This Bedford-based team was recognised for its use of concurrent engineering, development and modelling of manufacturing processes and application of digital electronic control of fuel injection in the new Allen 5012/5016 diesel engines range.
Keith Fullagar, Dave Hope, Ron Midgley and Colin Scrivener became Rolls-Royce Engineering in their respective technology specialisms, while Derby-based Peter Broadhead and Bristol-based Leighton Jones both received patent awards.
Travel scholarships - which the winners plan to use to take them to places as varied as the US, Australia, UK and Europe - were awarded to Pontus Andersson and Peter Mahler from Sweden, Canada's Andreas Goetz, and Michael Anderson and Jim Marchant from the UK.
Notes to Editors:
1) An electronic image of Dr Mike Provost is avavailable from Mel Hargrave (tel: 01332 269911), on e-mail., firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Rolls-Royce plc is a global company providing power on land, sea and air. The company has established leading positions in civil aerospace, defence and energy markets with a worldwide network of offices and manufacturing or service facilities in 20 countries. Its core gas turbine technology has created one of the broadest product ranges of aero engines in the world, with 55,000 engines in service with 300 airlines, 2,400 corporate and utility operators and more than 100 armed forces, powering both fixed wing and rota aircraft.
Rolls-Royes is the global leader is marine power systems with a wide range of products and full systems integration capability. More than 30 navies use Rolls-Royce propulsion. The company is investing in new products and capabilities for energy markets which include the oil and gas industry and power generation. Rolls-Royce also develops its own power projects through its wholly-owned subsidiary Rolls-Royee Power Ventures Ltd.
Rolls-Royce pioneered gas turbine technology for aerospace, power generation and marine propulsion and is involved in the major future programmes in these fields. These include the Trent aero and industrial engines, the Eurofighter Typhoon and Joint Strike Fighter combat engines, the WR21 marine engine and leading edge water jet prop Ision systems.