Press release

IET President awarded honorary degree

17 July 2015

Professor William Webb, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by The University of Southampton in recognition of his outstanding international contributions in the field of engineering.

The presentation was made yesterday (15 July) at a ceremony held at the University’s Highfield Campus. Prof Webb is Deputy Chairman at Cambridge Wireless and CEO of the Weightless SIG, the standards body developing a new global machine to machine (M2M) technology. He is also a Director at independent consultancy Webb Search.

Since achieving a first class honours in Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton in 1989 Prof Webb has maintained a strong connection with Southampton. “The University will always be a special place for me both professionally and personally,” says Webb. “I have continued to work with former professors and alumni on several projects, as well as taking on a visiting professor position within the University’s much lauded electronic engineering department. To be included among a list of such distinguished individuals at the top of their respective fields is a true honour.”  

During a wireless communications module in the third year of his course, Webb was asked to undertake a PhD at Southampton by Professor Raymond Steele. His PhD topic of ‘variable rate modulation’ now represents an integral aspect of the wireless industry and has spurred him on to a highly successful career in the industry.

This honour sees William Webb join a select group of past honorary graduates from the University of Southampton. Webb’s term as President of the IET, one of the world’s largest professional engineering bodies, comes to an end this October.

William said: “At the IET we have put in place a number of initiatives projecting the importance of engineering in the media and to key policy makers. The ‘Engineer a Better World’ campaign which launched in March this year showcases engineering as an exciting career path for young people and makes a significant step in combating the lack of women within the engineering industry.”

Last month Prof Webb notched up another great achievement by successfully completing the Cent Cols Challenge, described as one of the world’s toughest cycling tests. The statistics speak for themselves - over the course of 10 days he travelled 1,204 miles and ascended 147,705 feet.

To find out more visit William Webb’s IET blog.

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