EPSRC congratulates collaborators recognised in New Year's Honours list

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Dr David Watson

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) would like to congratulate a Council Member and a number of associated academics who have been recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours list.

Dr David Watson, a member of the Council of EPSRC and Director of Emerging Technology at IBM UK, has been appointed Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Dr Watson, whose main interest is in bringing new software technologies to market and has focused on data understanding, sensors and actuators, emerging internet and data federation, became a member of the EPSRC User Panel in 2004 and Chair of the panel in 2009.

Dr Watson said, “I am immensely proud to have been given this honour. My work over the past 12 years with EPSRC has been very enriching and enjoyable in both a personal and business capacity.

“It is very interesting to be involved in how the UK handles the next generation of technological change. It is a privilege to work with the EPSRC Executive in Swindon and also to have spent time on Council with some of the UK’s most eminent scientists and engineers.”

Professor Polina Bayvel, Professor of Optical Communications and Networks at University College London, has been appointed CBE for services to Engineering.

Professor Bayvel has received support from EPSRC for research into opto-electronic devices, photonic systems and broadband communications, and is currently working on an EPSRC-supported project on optical network infrastructures.

Professor Peter Goodhew, Emeritus Professor of Engineering and the University of Liverpool, has been appointed CBE for services to Engineering and Education.

Professor Goodhew, has carried out widespread research on the application of electron microscopy to problems in materials science, alongside other research areas, and received sustained support from EPSRC and its predecessor, SERC.

Professor Anne Neville, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies at the University of Leeds, has been made an OBE for services to Engineering.

Professor Neville has received support from EPSRC for her research, which has included contributing to the understanding of how and why metallic components in hip joints degrade, how chemicals in oilfields can be used to mitigate corrosion/wear and how new developments in lubricant technology will impact on the fuel economy of engines.

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Director of the EPSRC-supported Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, based at Imperial College London, has been appointed CBE for services to Biomedical Engineering.

His main research interests are in medical imaging, sensing and robotics, and Professor Yang is also the Chair of the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network).

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