Imagination’s Keno Mario-Ghae bags ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award

Keno aAt the recent NMI Awards, held at the Thursday, 17 November 2016 at the Hilton Bankside Hotel, London, Imagination’s Keno Mario-Ghae, came away as the proud recipient of the ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award.

The National Microelectronics Institute is a body that looks to connect people across the UK and Ireland’s electronics industry to strengthen and build up the eco-system of talent, whether from enterprise or academia and the annual awards are there to recognise achievement. The Young Engineer award celebrates and encourages the efforts of young engineers. To quote from the NMI:

“Applicants are required to demonstrate exemplary contribution to the electronic engineering profession, the employers business success/competitiveness (or improvement) and personal achievement.

Introducing the award, Derek Boyd, CEO of the NMI said that in his opinion the Young Engineer award was the hardest of all the evening’s 13 awards to win, with submissions for the award from up to 20 high-quality applicants.

From this list, four young engineers were shortlisted, but Keno came out on top to win the award. The judges credited him for the difference he had made to Imagination Technologies in the relatively short time that he has been with the company.


At Imagination, Keno works as part of the MIPS-powered Creator Ci40 IoT kit and presented on it at the RIOT summit in Berlin in July 2016. He has worked on enhancing the usability of the developoment board and reducing the development time. He also spearheaded the adoption of “LetMeCreate” libraries for the Creator kit, which have helped reduce the average time of developing a first project from days or weeks down to minutes.

Mr Mario-Ghae has a degree in General Engineering and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing and Management, both from Cambridge University, and also has a keen interest in solar power. He has been working on developing it for use for powering ovens and low-cost computers for the developing world.

To follow up on his great win we asked Keno to give us some of thoughts on winning the award:

Keno, what does winning this award mean to you?

I’m honoured and excited to have won Young Engineer of the Year Award at 20th NMI awards. It is a prestigious award and the calibre of candidates was really high. This award means a lot and has already enable me to meet and share ideas with great engineers and next generation engineers across our industry and I look forward to more collaborations, potentially across industries.

What do you enjoy most about working at Imagination Technologies?

Imagination is a great company, and working here has placed me at the cutting edge of technology. I really enjoy being part of IMGsystems, which is a small team with great ambitions working to build platforms to help our customers bring IoT products to market more quickly. The challenge and learning curve is exciting and has exposed me to both the technical and business challenges of bringing technology to market.

What advice would you give to any young people looking to get into engineering?

Engineering is not only for people who are whizzes at maths and physics. Everything from being creative and having an idea, all the way to making it happen and supporting users is part of Engineering. And there is a lot of opportunities for engineers of all different disciplines and backgrounds.

Also that night The Scholar of the Year 2016 award, sponsored by Imagination Technology, went to Joanna Taylor of the University of Bristol. This award celebrates scholars who have made a significant contribution during their work placement and who have actively promoted Electronics to young people. Joanna received a trophy and a cheque for £500 so congratulations to her.



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