From a young age, Professor Cryan has had the determination and drive to achieve against the odds. His love for engineering was sparked as a boy after saving to buy a children’s electronics set, but years later failed to secure an apprenticeship at the age of 16.
Instead, he went to Huddersfield New College in his hometown to study maths, physics and chemistry – a move that would set him on a path to engineering.
Despite one of the interviewers in his university interview saying they were ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’ with him, nowadays, he’s the Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, having been the youngest ever Vice Chancellor at the time of his appointment.
Professor Cryan’s journey from a socially deprived estate in Huddersfield to a successful career as a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET will be the focus of his President’s Address, taking place on Thursday, 13 October 2022.