President elect

David Goodrich, chairman of British Marine Technology (BMT) has been nominated by the Council of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects for election as the next president. While serving with the Ministry of Defence, he held a number of positions including chief designer for the first of class Type 22 Frigate.

Engineer of the Year

Work on a microchip has resulted in Nick Kings being chosen as Engineer of the Year by Marconi Communications. The chip the company claims is helping maintain its world lead in optical network technology. Kings won the award as leader of a 12 strong team at Coventry and Beeston which developed the ASIC chip.

New chairman

On 1 September Sir Ivor Cohen, CBE, will succeed John Gill as chairman of Sira, the Chislehurst-based research and development organisation. He has spent almost all his career in electronic engineering, and is completing his term as Master of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument makers.

Technical director

Tom Marsh, a former marine engineer in the Royal Navy who served on HMS Invincible in the Falklands conflict, is the British Gear Association’s new technical director providing technical, research and development services to the UK mechanical power transmission industry.