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23 June, 2016 - 12:57 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge engineer tracks global greatness

A Cambridge University engineer and technology company entrepreneur has been awarded a top honour by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dr Sithamparanathan Sabesan is non stipendiary Fellow at Girton College and CEO of RFID tracking company PervasID, which is based at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge.

Dr Sabesan is overall winner of the new RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year competition. He receives £3,000 and has also been named as recipient of the coveted George Macfarlane Medal for excellence in the early stage of his career.

The Sir George Macfarlane Medal is made in memory of Sir George Macfarlane (1916-2007), one of the founding Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Since graduating with a degree in electronic engineering from Sheffield University, Dr Sabesan has excelled in both his scholarly work at the University of Cambridge and his work as a technology entrepreneur through co-founding PervasID, for which he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship. 

He completed his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he was elected to the Tucker-Price Research Fellowship at Girton College. He is internationally recognised for his work on research and innovation in the area of accurate battery-free radio frequency identification (RFID) tag tracking over wide-area.

The accurate wide-area RFID tag tracking system previously won him the Academy’s 2011 ERA Foundation Entrepreneurship Award with Dr Michael Crisp and the UK EPSRC 2011 ICT Pioneers Connected World Award.

The RFID technology will allow airlines, retailers and other businesses to track inexpensively the locations of merchandise and passenger luggage over a wider area with greater reliability than conventional systems. Spun out from research activity in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University, the technology is now successfully deployed in several field trials. 

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