Commended for his extraordinary record in nominating talented engineers to the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr Ian Nussey OBE FREng has been awarded one of the Academy’s highest accolades, the President’s Medal. He received the medal from Academy President Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS at the Academy’s 40th anniversary AGM in London on Thursday 8 September.
He has worked tirelessly during his 31 years as an Academy Fellow to champion inclusion and broaden awareness of the number and diversity of highly skilled jobs associated with engineering across the whole of the economy.
The President’s Medal recognises significant contribution to the Academy’s aims and work through the recipient’s initiative in promoting excellence in engineering. Previous winners include Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design Sir Jonathan Ive KBE RDI FREng, Terry Hill CBE FREng, Chair of Arup's Board of Trustees, and top nuclear engineer Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng.
Dr Nussey has had a distinguished career at IBM UK and is recognised for information and manufacturing technology achievements, including leading the software team for the world’s first flexible manufacturing system. He has also done much to mentor the next generation of professional engineers within IBM and beyond, and played a leading role in helping the company develop productive partnerships with UK universities.
After being elected to the Academy in 1985, he realised early on the need to widen and diversify the Fellowship base to better reflect modern society. He pioneered and chaired a new Proactive Membership Group to seek out excellent engineers, particularly those working in emerging technologies, manufacturing and in smaller companies. He has successfully nominated or supported over 100 engineers for Fellowship of the Academy, including some of the youngest new Fellows and some of today’s biggest names in engineering.
Ian’s Royal Academy of Engineering service includes eight years on Council. He is currently a member of the Academy's Ingenia Editorial Board, and the Visiting Professors Management Group.
Dr Nussey says: “Widened diversity is vital to the health of the universe of engineering. This wonderful award is an amazing outcome to the privilege of playing a part in making our own Fellowship more inclusive.”
Academy Past President Lord Broers FREng FRS says: “Ian has a broad and deep understanding of many fields of engineering, especially those involving information technology, and has used this to identify engineers with outstanding talents. I cannot think of anyone who has achieved so much in building the breadth of the Fellowship.”
Notes for editors
1. The President’s Medal is awarded to an Academy Fellow who has contributed significantly to the organisation’s aims and work through their initiative in promoting excellence in engineering.
2. Ian Nussey was born in 1936 and educated at Bromsgrove School, Cambridge University (mechanical sciences) and Birmingham University (industrial metallurgy). After four years as a Lucas graduate apprentice and research scholar, Ian joined IBM as a trainee systems engineer. He spent the next 51 years with the company, including 17 leading a group turning good ideas into marketable software, and 35 creating and leading IBM UK's elite pre-university employment programme. He also chaired the IBM UK Technical Consultancy Group for seven years, served as the IBM Academy of Technology's EMEA vice-president and latterly worked part-time on University and External Relations. He retired from IBM in October 2014.
Ian is an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, member of the IET Awards and Prestige Lecture committees and a Young Engineers and Imagineering Foundation trustee.
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