The David Howe Prize 2016: Winner Announced

Picture of Yafeng Zhang receiving his award from Professor Geraint JewellWe are very pleased to announce that Mr Yafeng Zhang has won The David Howe Prize in Electronic and Electrical Engineering for 2016.

The prize is awarded for the best overall performance by a student completing the MSc in Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Drives in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

The David Howe Prize was established in 2015 through the generosity of Ningbo Songke Magnetic Materials Co Ltd in memory of Professor David Howe, Professor of Electrical Engineering.


Past winners

2015 - Ms Yingnan Rao


Professor David Howe

David joined the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 1978 as Lecturer, and went on to become a Professor in 1989. On his retirement in 2008, he assumed the title of Emeritus Professor.

A pioneer in developing innovative permanent magnet machines, Professor Howe’s great passion was for research into electrical machines and he established a strong and enduring research group in electrical machines and drives.

David was Head of Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group at the University of Sheffield from 1989-2008. He founded, and was the first Director of, the University’s Rolls-Royce Technology Centre in Advanced Electrical Machines and Drives, and co-founder of two university spin-off companies: Magtec Ltd (previously Magnet Systems Technology) in 1993 and Magnomatics Ltd in 2006.

An enthusiastic speaker and an active conference participant and organiser, David notably authored and co-authored over 800 journal and conference papers. He made a valued contribution to his profession by acting as chair/co-chair, and member, of many international conference committees including IET and IEEE events.

In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2012, his contributions to magnetics were recognised by the UK Magnetics Society with the Lifetime Contribution to Magnetics award.

David is remembered as an outgoing, sociable man with a wide circle of friends all over the world. His outlook on opportunity and collaboration, as well as his resourceful nature, played a major part in his successful career. He was very supportive of his fellow colleagues’ achievements and careers, and was held in high regard by them. Many past students and present staff owe their successful careers to his teaching, encouragement and mentoring.