Last year the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), working in partnership with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Royal Engineers and the Society of Operations Engineers, was part of an initiative to relaunch this prestigious award which had previously been presented to individuals such as Sir Frank Whittle, Sir Geoffrey de Havilland and Professor Alan Wells.
First presented in 1952 by Sir Winston Churchill, the award has been realigned to reflect achievement in engineering and technical advancement in support of military operations for those serving within the Armed Forces.
Flight Lieutenant Ramsey, from 90 Signals Unit, was chosen above many other quality nominations as the recipient of the award after demonstrating outstanding engineering professionalism in the disciplines of requirement analysis, system engineering and project management by providing an innovative information management solution in support of counter-improvised explosive device operations in Afghanistan.
His solution to the problems of transferring information between key personnel in theatre and the UK led directly to a significant increase in the number of IED-makers being identified and thus detained, thereby reducing the threat to coalition forces and the Afghan population.
Mark Organ, IET Head of Membership, commented:
I am delighted to have been co-ordinating nominations on behalf of the PEI Armed Forces Steering Group for this particular award over the past year.
I would like to personally congratulate Flight Lieutenant Ramsey on his achievement and look forward to seeing him officially presented with the award during 2012.