Press release

Accomplished engineers rewarded for their inspiring achievements

25 November 2016

Accomplished engineers Professor Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE and George O’Neill BSc MSc have been rewarded with Honorary Fellowships from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Professor Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE received the honour in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the engineering profession. Professor Pollock-Hulf is a Visiting Professor in Engineering and Design at the University of Leeds and is the Master Engineer of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

Isobel has had a successful career including 10 years at both ICI Huddersfield and DuPont Howson in Leeds. She was the 127th President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2012, the second woman to become president in 165 years. As Patron of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), she is currently working to inspire the next generation of engineers. Isobel has held several other esteemed positions, chairing both the National Measurement and Regulation Office Steering Board and the Programme Expert Group for Quantum, Electromagnetics and Time. She also led the Engineering Council 2014 review of UK-SPEC requirements for Chartered, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

Professor Pollock-Hulf OBE said: “It’s a total surprise and great honour to be awarded an IET Honorary Fellowship. I’ve had a great career in engineering and worked with so many fascinating people.

“The engineering institutions continue to promote the breadth of engineering opportunities. We need so many more engineers, technicians and apprentices. I encourage all young people to consider it as their career choice.”

George O’Neill BSc MSc received an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding service to the IET, the Institution of Incorporated Engineers, the Engineering Council and IET Connect. Mr O’Neill had a full career in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as an Engineering Officer and has served with honour in a variety of prestigious voluntary positions, including at an international level.

In the RAF, George held a variety of engineering posts and his final role was as Head of the Audit and Evaluation of Training Department. He was Vice Chair of the IIE Council during the IEE/IIE merger in 2006. As Vice President of the IET, he was instrumental in adopting the EngTech registration standard and reforming the IET Faraday Programme. As a Trustee of the Engineering Council, he led the work leading to the publication of the ICT Tech standard and, as Chair of the Engineering Council’s Registration Standards Committee, he chaired the 2008 review of UK SPEC.

George was also Chair of Trustees of IET Connect, the IET Benevolent Fund, for nearly six years, working to develop its operational focus. George is currently on the Governing Group of the International Engineering Alliance, where he is also Chair of the International Dublin Accord.

Mr O’Neill BSc MSc said: “I never expected an honour like this and I was stunned to receive the letter telling me that I had been selected. Engineering has given a great deal to me and for the last 20 years I’ve been trying to give something back in my voluntary roles.

“I would encourage all engineers to do something to further the engineering profession and to assist others in their engineering careers. Ideally, they could consider voluntary work in a role of their choice with an engineering organisation such as their professional engineering institution.”

The recipients formally accepted their Honorary Fellowships at the IET Achievement Awards on 16th November in London.

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To find out more about the IET Achievement Awards, please visit the IET website.