Two Engineering Science Professors awarded the OBE

Congratulations to both Professor Peter Dobson and Professor Alison Noble, who have been awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of their services to Engineering Science.

Professor Peter Dobson, Director of the Begbroke Science Park, Professor of Engineering Science and Senior Research Fellow of The Queen’s College, is appointed OBE for services to science and engineering. He was nominated for his role as Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils in the UK. Professor Dobson’s research interests cover most aspects of nanotechnology, and embrace biotechnology, environmental technology, energy, and materials science, especially in application to medicine. His research at Oxford led to the creation of two spin-out companies, Oxonica plc, which specialises in making nanoparticles for a wide range of applications ranging from sunscreens to fuel additive catalysts and bio-labels; and Oxford Biosensors Ltd, which focused on developing technology for handheld diagnostics for life sciences applications.

He said: “I am thrilled with the news. I have been mainly in the academic sector all of my life, starting as a lecturer in Physics at Imperial College, then spending 4 years in Philips Research Labs before coming to Oxford where I have researched and lectured in Materials and Engineering Science. I was appointed to set up and run the Begbroke Science Park for the University in 2002, a task I am enjoying immensely. It is setting new standards for science parks and is very much a part of the innovation landscape in Oxfordshire that is contributing to regional growth. I am passionate about increasing the impact of science and engineering in all parts of society, from teaching in schools and university right through to translating the outcomes of research into the creation of innovative businesses”.

Professor Peter Dobson OBE  Professor Alison Noble OBE

Professor Alison Noble, Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, and Fellow of St Hilda’s College, is appointed OBE for services to science and engineering. She has previously held academic positions associated with Wolfson, Oriel and St Hugh’s colleges. Her research area is biomedical image analysis, with a particular recent interest being application of machine learning to medical imaging, with application to cardiology, obstetrics and perinatal care, and microscopy.

Professor Noble is a graduate of the Department of Engineering Science and has worked in both academia and industry in the UK and USA respectively. At Oxford she has been influential in setting up biomedical engineering educational programmes at the undergraduate, MSc and doctoral research training levels, and was the Director or the RCUK Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation prior to becoming Director of the IBME. Alison is a Fellow of the IET, the Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Interventions (MICCAI) Society (the international society in her field) and the Royal Academy of Engineering and has served or currently serves in different capacities for each of these professional organisations. She was elected President of the MICCAI Society in 2013.

Her passion is for identifying healthcare technology opportunities that show potential to make a real difference in clinical practice and taking them from research concept through the various steps towards commercialisation. This extends to being Chief Technology Officer of a university spin-out company Intelligent Ultrasound Ltd, and being a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Committee, which oversees the Academy’s recently launched Enterprise Hub.

Commenting on her OBE, Professor Noble said: “I am absolutely delighted and very honoured to be recognised in this very special way”.

The OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), is an order of chivalry established to honour those who serve the UK in a non-military capacity. Honours are given by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Government.