Award for Young Engineers (AYE)
It is with great pleasure that HMEI announces the winner of the inaugural 2014 HMEI Award for Young Engineers to Dr Ryan Said.
This bi-annual Award honours Young Engineers, not exceeding the age of 35 at the time of nomination, for outstanding work that has been published either in a scientific journal, a significant technical report, a project report or as summary of a successfully defended PhD thesis or that has been granted a patent.
This year’s recipient received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and a Masters and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering fromStanfordUniversity. Dr. Ryan Said’s dissertation work at Stanford led to the development of the long-range, global lightning detection (GLD360) network that improved detection from hundreds of kilometers to thousands of kilometers without the need for additional hardware. The GLD360 is now fully operational and run as a commercial network by Vaisala where Ryan is currently working as a research scientist and systems engineer in the lightning group.
Several commercial and research applications depend heavily on reliable detection of lightning activity. For example, lightning discharges reported by GLD360 have been used as a proxy for strong convection to issue Significant Meteorological Information (SIGMET) alerts and as a proxy for radar reflectivity for input to numerical weather prediction models. The improved performance on a global scale from Dr. Said’s work has enabled these and other applications to be utilized in increasingly remote regions of the globe and represents a significant jump in lightning detection technology.
Mr Brian Day, Chairman of HMEI, assisted by Mr Graham Johnson, CEO of HMEI member UKIP Media and Events, presented the first HMEI Young Engineers Award consisting of a certificate, medal and cash prize of 3,000 Swiss francs to Dr. Ryan Said.