March 11, 2014 | Written by: dominic.harries
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Dr Dave Watson, Director, Emerging Technology has been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Academy honours the UK’s most distinguished engineers. It aims to take advantage of the enormous wealth of engineering knowledge they possess and, through the interdisciplinary character of its membership, it provides a unique breadth of engineering experience to further the art and practice of engineering in all its forms.
This significant accolade recognises Dave’s leadership of IBM’s Emerging Technology Team, and the extent of his involvement with national research bodies.
Raising awareness, influencing change
The Royal Academy of Engineering is the principal national body for engineering, bringing together outstanding engineers from across a wide range of industry sectors. The Academy works to improve public awareness of engineering, and to influence change in government policy on behalf of the engineering profession. It is very vocal in its support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools.
The Academy comprises around 1,500 Fellows, with up to 60 new Fellows being elected each year from nominations submitted by existing Fellows. Three other UK IBMers are already Fellows of the Academy: Ian Nussey (University Relations), Mandy Chessell (Information Management) and Pieter Lindeque (Global Business Services).
Dave, who is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a chartered engineer, received significant backing for his appointment from existing Fellows in both academia and industry.
Dave began his IBM career in the UK Scientific Centre in Winchester, and progressed via senior management positions in Websphere MQ and CICS product development at Hursley, to become the Director of ETS around 12 years ago. He is also the joint leader of a major US/UK defence research project – the International Technology Alliance in Network Science – which involves more than 20 partners in industry and academia.
Dave has also been actively involved with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) since 2004, and has chaired a number of EPSRC and Research Councils UK advisory boards. In 2009, Dave was appointed to the governing body of the EPSRC, which allocates research funding across UK universities.
He describes his election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as ‘a fantastic networking opportunity which will enable me to engage with the top echelons of the engineering profession in the UK’.
“Also, as a representative of one of the newer engineering disciplines, I will aim to encourage the development of professional recognition for engineers who are working in the IT industry.”