The New Year’s Honours list has this year recognised 13 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering for their services to engineering research, industry, and wider society.

Congratulations to the following Fellows:

Knights Bachelor


  • Professor John Vincent McCanny CBE FREng FRS, Professor of Microelectronics Engineering, Queen's University Belfast.
    For services to higher education and economic development.

Order of the British Empire

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire - CBE

  • Professor Polina Bayvel FREng FRS, Professor of Optical Communications and Networks, University College London.
    For services to engineering.
  • Dr Andrew Garrad FREng, Member of Supervisory Board, DNV GL.
    For services to renewable energy.
  • Professor Peter John Goodhew FREng, Emeritus Professor of Engineering, University of Liverpool.
    For services to engineering and education.
  • Professor Hywel Rhys Thomas FREng FRS FLSW, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Engagement), Cardiff University.
    For services to academic research and higher education.
  • Dr David Watson FREng, Director, IBM Research UK.
    For services to science and engineering research.
  • Professor Guang-Zhong Yang FREng, Director, Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery.
    For services to biomedical engineering.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire – OBE

  • Professor Vidal Ashkenazi FREng, Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nottingham Scientific Ltd.
    For services to science.
  • Michael Douglas Carr FREng, lately Board member, Innovate UK and Non-Executive Director, Ordnance Survey.
    For services to innovation.
  • Professor Anne Neville FREng FRSE, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies, University of Leeds.
    For services to engineering.
  • Dr Christoph Wiesner FREng, Chief Executive, The Welding Institute.
    For services to engineering and innovation.

Members of the Order of the British Empire - MBE

  • Dr Antony David Trapp DL FREng, Executive Chairman, Osbit Ltd.
    For services to the engineering and energy industries.
  • Anthony Peter Wilson FREng, Director, AECOM.
    For services to building and engineering.

Notes for editors

Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:

  • Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
  • Address the engineering skills crisis
  • Position engineering at the heart of society
  • Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
E: Aaron Boardley