The Royal Academy of Engineering aims to honour members of society who have stood out for their contributions to Spanish engineering.


In 2011, the second Agustín de Betancourt and Juan López de Peñalver Awards have been bestowed on young engineers (under 36 years old) who in accordance with the terms and conditions of the call for applications have carried out their studies in the fields of engineering or architecture, in practical applications of the sciences or historical/social aspects related to all of the above.


Speaking at the awards ceremony, the President of the Royal Academy of Engineers, Mr. Elías Fereres, declared that "the objective of these awards, which aim to be a benchmark for Spanish engineering, is to encourage the dedication of our young minds, to value them and motivate them at such a necessary time for the technological development of our country."


The following awards were bestowed:


  • The Agustín de Betancourt Award to Dr. Amelia Barreiro Megino, an Industrial Engineering graduate of the Technical University of Madrid and currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Delft University of Technology (Holland), for her research work into the technology of carbon nanotubes formed by graphene. Having perfected their manufacture, mainly through work in the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, among other achievements Dr. Barreiro has managed to transport nano-clusters along the devices. This invention, published in the prestigious journal Science, has been highlighted by several scientific media outlets, such as the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Research into graphene structures is of great scientific interest, as shown by the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics to researchers who established the fundamentals of this material's unique behaviour.


  • The Juan López de Peñalver Award to Dr. Pedro Jiménez Guerrero, a graduate in Chemical Engineering of the University of Murcia, holder of a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the PolytechnicUniversity of Catalonia and currently a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Optics and Nanophysics Research Centre of the University of Murcia,for his research work into atmospheric physics and its interaction with atmospheric pollution mainly produced in large cities, including its impact on climate. This research has required the use of high capacity computing, which he has been able to carry out thanks to the National Supercomputing Centre in Barcelona, were he has previously been employed. He has developed his career in several centres in Spain and abroad and currently teaches at the University of Murcia. He has published highly influential articles in the most prestigious journals of his specialised field.


The tenth Academiae Dilecta Award, aimed at companies that have either marketed for the first time in the world a product that has been produced through scientific and technological research and development, or have consistently based their business strategy on the use of new technologies, to which R&D activity carried out internally or in other Spanish centres must have contributed.


The 2011 award was bestowed on the company Ingeniería, Tecnología y Consultoría, S. A. (INERCO, S.A.) for its scientific and technological developments and for its unswerving commitment to building its business strategy around the use of new research-based technologies.


Its main fields of activity are:


  • Industrial project engineering: design and execution of processing plants, storage facilities, ancillary services, renewable energies.


  • The development of technology, systems and equipment for environmental and energy optimisation, along with the use of renewable energy sources (biomass, solar and wind power, etc.).


  • Technicalconsultancy in environmental issues, occupational health and safety and industrial safety.


INERCO is a leading Spanish company for industrial sectors in the fields of engineering, environment, industrial safety and occupational health and safety. In particular it works for the oil refining sector, the chemical and petrochemical industry, the electricity production sector, the cement production sector, the agro-food industry, the mining and metallurgy sector, the renewable energy sector, and the engineering and infrastructure sectors, among others. Furthermore, it collaborates actively with the public authorities in striving to ensure that business activities are compatible with sustainable development, integrating the three dimensions (economic, social and environmental) considered fundamental for improving quality of life