Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering 2017

for the creation of digital imaging sensors


Eric R. Fossum, Nobukazu Teranishi, Michael F. Tompsett, George Smith*




“The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a global £1 million prize that celebrates a ground-breaking innovation in engineering. The prize rewards an individual or team of engineers whose work has had a major impact on humanity.” -QEPrize.org


The QE Prize is essentially the Nobel Prize for Engineering, since there is no Nobel Prize for Engineering. My share of the prize went to support the National Inventors Hall of Fame Camp Invention program in New Hampshire, and the Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon, Connecticut.


Announcement: February 1, 2017, Royal Academy of Engineering, London, United Kingdom

Reception: December 6, 2017, Buckingham Palace and Guildhall, London, United Kingdom


 See www.QEPrize.org




Tompsett, Fossum, Teranishi




The photo I took during the announcement.  

Front row L to R: Keshini Navaratnam, Director, QE Prize organization, HRH Princess Anne,

Dame Ann Dowling, President Royal Academy of Engineering, Philip Greenish, Chief Executive, RAE.


HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne)


Press Conference



BBC World News


BBC Radio Interview (link)



A very nice reception at Dartmouth hosted by Dean Joe Helble and Provost Carolyn Dever, Feb 9 2017.





Jean-Lou Chameau, former President of Caltech and KAUST, Prof. Frances Arnold, Caltech,

Eric Fossum, Dartmouth, Nobukazu and Makiko Teranishi, Univ. Hyogo, and Prof. Viola Vogel, ETH Zurich


We walked across the gravel to the main entrance to the far left.

HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and Lord John Browne, Baron of Madingley (and former head of British Petroleum)




The Queen Elizabeth Prize Trophy, presented by HRM’s son, the future King.


HRH The Prince of Wales, Fossum, Tompsett and Teranishi


Susan Fossum being greeted by Prince Charles


Departure from Buckingham Palace


Reception at Guildhall for Medal presentation by Lord John Browne



Susan Fossum photobombing camera-phone photo being taken by Dean Joe Helble


Susan Fossum, Eric Fossum, and Kirsten Fossum at Guildhall reception




*George Smith was not present for any activities