Professor Chris Wise, the engineer behind London's Millennium Bridge, has won a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his outstanding personal contribution to British engineering,
The award is to be presented at the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards dinner in London on Tuesday 5 June.The Academy's Silver Medals were instigated in 1995. They are awarded annually to engineers who have made outstanding contributions to British engineering but have been working as an engineer for no more than 30 years. Up to four medals may be awarded each year.This year's other Silver Medals go to Professor Gehan Amaratunga of Cambridge University and Professor Nigel Brandon and Professor Christopher Toumazou, both of Imperial College, London.Wise was consultant Arup's youngest ever director and designed the now infamous (after it wobbled more than expected) but elegant Millennium Bridge in London with Anthony Caro and Norman Foster. With his team at Expedition Engineering, a new company set up in 1999, Chris's latest projects include Italy's tallest building, the 220 metre Sanpaolo Bank HQ with architect Renzo Piano. He and his team also designed two huge hydrogen fuel-cell powered 'walking buildings' to be used as research bases on Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf with Hopkins Architects. This year Wise will become Master of the Royal Designers, only the sixth engineer to achieve this since Barnes Wallis.As Imperial College's first Professor of Creative Design, and later Yale's Davenport Professor, Chris has inspired many students to pursue engineering as a career. He was the driving force behind Imperial's creation of the Constructionarium, an innovative learning tool for engineering students developed with industry at the Construction Industry Training Board five years ago and already on the curriculum at twelve other universities around the UK.