Belfast Telegraph

Professor is honoured for engineering contribution

By Anne Madden

A Queen's University professor who was one of just nine engineers worldwide to be recognised with an International Fellowship is to receive an award for his work.

Professor George Irwin from Lisburn is to receive the 2010 Sir Harold Hartley Medal in recognition of his contribution to control engineering and condition monitoring.

The QUB professor will be presented with the accolade by the Institute of Measurement and Control at its Presidential Address and Learned Awards evening at the Royal Society in London in October.

The medal commemorates the work of Sir Harold Hartley, a former president of the Institute.

Director of research in intelligent systems and control at QUB, Professor Irwin said he was "deeply honoured" by the award.

"Automatic control is an exciting and stimulating field whose principles not only underpin engineering, but the physical and biological sciences and beyond," he said.

"I have been fortunate to have worked on applications as diverse as monitoring faults in automotive engines, to laboratory-on-a-chip technology which helps in the detection of heart attacks.

"My field is truly interdisciplinary and this award recognises the excellence of the wonderful team I have worked with over the past 30 years."

Last year Prof Irwin was one of just nine engineers worldwide to be elected Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control.

The Co Down engineer has worked extensively with many industry leaders in Northern Ireland, including DuPont, Seagate and Randox.

He was also a founder and director of Anex6 Ltd, a Queen's spin-out company specialising in advanced process monitoring of man-made fibre manufacturing.