SW dominates NMI awards
Companies in the South West dominated the recent awards from the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI).
Young engineer of the year was Steven Fisher, 26, of Provision Communications in Bristol. He graduated with a 1st class MEng degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Bristol, winning the Siemens medal for the best combination of academic and practical skills. After graduation he joined Provision as an R&D engineer and has worked on the development of products that stream video wirelessly around the home.
Bill Parsons, executive vice president of ARM, presented the award and described the strength of candidates as “uplifting and inspirational.” With reference to Steven he said: “It’s simply fantastic to see what the cream of young engineering talent is capable of in the right environment. He is a credit to himself, his company and the industry as a whole.”
Steve Neill of Infineon Technologies UK Ltd. was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the industry. He received his award from Dr. Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies, who stated: “It is for making things happen for UK design companies that the winner of this award was selected. He has worked tirelessly over the past decade to ensure the NMI has embraced the design community members alongside the manufacturing membership.” Infineon has its UK silicon design centre in Bristol.
The SouthWest also saw the award for Innovation going to Bristol-based Icera and the ‘product of excellence’ award for National Semiconductor in Swindon, while other awards went to Elonics of Edinburgh, ARM of Cambridge, Gold Standard Simulations of Glasgow and Diodes Zetex and NXP In Manchester.
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