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Eur Ing Gordon Dixon receives prestigious engineering accolade

Gordon worked for IBM where his activities included computer-aided design systems, technology assurance and managing a multidisciplinary team to select, develop and implement a state-of-the-art disk file technology in a product which won a Queen’s Award for Technological Innovation.

Since leaving IBM, Gordon became the inaugural chairman of the Southern Professional Engineering Institutions Committee and subsequently the Project Director of work aimed at the Institutions' support for schools through the highly regarded Winchester Science Centre.

Gordon was elected Deputy Chairman of the Institution's Centre’s Board, leading the restructuring of the UK networks in 2000 and contributing to the regional plans for the creation of the IET. 

He was a member of a multi-Institution group which led to the creation of a joint British Institutions Group in Egypt.  He was a member of the Council and chaired the Members Board Finance Committee.  He was the first recipient of the IET Volunteer Medal in 2015.

On receiving his Honorary Fellowship, Gordon said: “In recent years the world has become increasingly dependent on the products of engineering endeavours.  We have now reached the point at which it is becoming clear to a growing proportion of the population that advances in digital technology and artificial intelligence will determine many of the ways in which we will work, play and, indeed, survive.  The engineering profession is already critically examining the way it works to deliver ideas and products.  It is changing to become one of the most exciting career environments young people can experience.  This applies at all levels and encompasses opportunities which are for both men and women. I know that achievement comparable with mine, and more awaits those who want to go for it.”

 Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, IET President, said: “We are honoured to present these talented individuals with our Achievement Awards and Honorary Fellowships. They have each excelled in their professions and have made a vast contribution as pioneers of important areas in the engineering and technology industries. They should all be very proud of their achievements – with each award being extremely well-deserved.”

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Detailed biography for Eur Ing Gordon Dixon BSc

After completing an electrical apprenticeship, Gordon studied for an honours degree whilst training as a student with the IBM Hursley Laboratory. Working on thin-film memories and custom circuit design led to an interest in software tools for the design of the integrated circuit and subsequent appointment as the laboratory's Design Systems Manager. 

Following a period in display product planning, Gordon was appointed as IBM's UK Technology Assurance Manager. The next challenge was managing a multidisciplinary team to select, develop and implement a state-of-the-art disk file technology. The resultant product won a Queen's Award for Technological Innovation.

On leaving IBM, Gordon became the inaugural chairman of the Southern Professional Engineering Institutions Committee and then the Project Director of work aimed at the Institutions' support for schools through the highly regarded Winchester Science Centre.

As an IEE Southern Centre volunteer, Gordon chaired both the Younger Members and Electronics and Control Sections. He has served on the Southern Centre and Solent Network Committees for 23 years. He was an Industrial Representative in the Membership Advisory Service for eight years and contributed to the setting up of the Mentoring Service.

Gordon was elected Deputy Chairman of the Centre’s Board, leading the restructuring of the UK networks in 2000 and contributing to the regional plans for the creation of the IET. He was a member of a multi-Institution group which led to the creation of a joint British Institutions Group in Egypt. 

Gordon was a member of the Council, he chaired the Members Board Finance Committee and was the first recipient of the IET Volunteer Medal in 2015.

 

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