LONDON Professor John McCanny of Queen’s University Belfast is to receive the Faraday Medal in recognition of his pioneering advancements in the design of silicon integrated circuits for digital signal processing.
Over the last thirty years Professor McCanny has published around 300 major journal and conference papers, holds 25 patents and has published five research books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the Irish Academy of Engineering.
Professor McCanny also co-founded two high technology companies, Audio Processing Technology Ltd. and Amphion Semiconductor Ltd. In addition, he helped develop the vision that has led to the creation of the new £40million Institute for Electronics Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), located on the Northern Ireland Science Park.
ECIT now houses over 130 researchers and its aim is the creation of a world leading research facility that specialises in key and interrelated areas of electronics, communications and computer technology, in particular ones that under-pin important opportunities for industrial application over the next decade.
Professor McCanny will be the first person to receive the Faraday Medal from the new Institution of Engineering of Technology, which has been formed by the Institution of Electrical Engineers and Institution of Incorporated Engineers.
Sir John Chisholm, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology said: “The Faraday Medal is the highest accolade that the Institution can offer demonstrating the Institution’s ongoing commitment to recognising, rewarding and promoting the achievements of exceptional individuals within engineering and technology all over the globe. Professor McCanny’s exemplary career is an example of some of the great dynamic thinkers driving the engineering and technology industry forward.”
The Faraday Medal will be presented to Professor McCanny on October 11 at the Institutions’ annual ‘Innovation In Engineering’ Awards at Savoy Place.