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Two senior Renishaw staff engineer awards for outstanding contribution to engineering

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 27 October 2017 7:59

Two senior Renishaw staff engineer awards for outstanding contribution to engineering

Two awards have come the way of senior staff at county firm Renishaw recognising their outstanding contribution to engineering.

And you can’t get more senior that Sir David McMurtry, the founder, chairman and chief executive, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Huddersfield.

And Professor Gareth Hankins, director of group manufacturing services division, at global engineering company, Renishaw, has been awarded one of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Achievement Awards.

It comes as the company is in the news again, for its apprentice graduation ceremony – which saw 36 staff graduate from its programmes – and for its involvement in the Bloodhound supersonic care project which had an official run at an air strip in Cornwall.

Sir David McMurtry will receive his award at a ceremony in November. He is a visiting professor at the University, a center for the study and research of metrology, the science of measurement.

“At the University of Huddersfield, we have a well-established and highly fruitful relationship with Renishaw and with Sir David McMurtry, who is a long-standing Visiting Professor,” said Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang DBE, Renishaw/Royal Academy of Engineering chair in precision metrology at the University of Huddersfield.

“An honorary doctorate is a natural development of this deeply-embedded relationship with Sir David and the world-class firm that he co-founded. We are privileged to offer the award and proud that he has accepted.”

Sir David began his career as an apprentice at Rolls Royce, becoming deputy chief designer and assistant chief of enginer design at the firm’s Bristol base before leaving to found Renishaw with John Deer in 1973.

Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Achievement Awards are given to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to science, engineering or technology either by research and development or by leadership.

Professor Hankins will be presented with the award at a ceremony in London on the 15th of November 2017.

Hankins joined Renishaw as an apprentice aged 16 and following completion of his apprenticeship he went on to achieve a degree in Manufacturing Systems and Manufacturing Management at Cardiff University, sponsored by the company.

He progressed through various roles in engineering, production management and operations management at Renishaw, before being given responsibility for the overall management of UK manufacturing operations in 2006.

Today Hankins is responsible for the operations, process engineering and support functions associated with manufacturing and facilities in the UK.

He is also a Director of Renishaw Ireland and has responsibility for manufacturing operations at Renishaw's German subsidiary, itp Gmbh. He was made an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University in 2013, where he sits on the School of Engineering's Industrial Advisory Board.

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