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Dr Ray Simpkin, Emrod CSO, Wins Science New Zealand Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Ray Simpkin receiving Science New Zealand Award

We’re thrilled to share that Dr Ray Simpkin, Emrod’s Chief Science Officer, previously Distinguished Scientist at Callaghan Innovation, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Science New Zealand 2020 National Awards. The awards were held on 3 December 2020, at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. 

Dr Simpkin’s nomination for the award is a reflection of his outstanding contribution to scientific developments that build a better New Zealand and make a difference in people’s lives. This includes his break-through work with Emrod. 

Ray Simpkin has been an active innovator and researcher since 1982, specialising in applied electromagnetics, both in the UK aerospace sector and, since 2001, within New Zealand’s Crown-owned entities, Industrial Research Limited (IRL), Callaghan Innovation, and most recently Emrod. He has a physics and electrical engineering background, gaining a PhD in electromagnetic theory from Imperial College, London, in 1996. 

Dr Simpkin’s contributions to scientific R&D include:

  • the use of hyperspectral imaging techniques applied to NZ horticultural and food-related sectors
  • the use of infrared spectroscopy to verify intravenous (IV) drugs
  • the development of radar-based tumour diagnostics technology for the early detection of breast cancer 
  • Leading the scientific development of the first commercially viable long-range wireless power transfer technologies using electromagnetic beaming (Emrod).

We couldn’t be more proud of Dr Ray Simpkin and his outstanding achievement. He is an asset to the Emrod team and the New Zealand Scientific community.