The first Engineering Research Writer of the Year competition was announced in July 2013, and from the resulting submissions (filtered first by research centres, and then by an AEngD judging panel) a shortlist of six articles was selected to contest the awards in two categories:
Judges looked for originality, bright ideas and a clear, distinctive writing style. Each 800-word article showed a passion for engineering, summarised the researcher's contribution to knowledge and the potential/actual impact of their research, and encouraged readers to consider, question and debate key issues in engineering and society. Finalists were invited to deliver a short presentation (no longer than eight minutes) at the AEngD conference on 26 November; the shortlist (announced 21 October) was:
EngD alumni / actual impact:
EngD research engineers / potential impact:
The winners, each receiving £250, were announced during the post-conference drinks reception after the presentations.