LONDON Professor Joe McGeehan, the managing director of Toshiba Research Europe's Bristol-based telecommunications research laboratory, has been awarded the CBE for pioneering innovation in mobile communications. He is also a director of the Centre for Communications Research at the University of Bristol.
At Toshiba, Professor McGeehan is responsible for managing research into 3G, 4G and 5G terminals, including algorithms, digital signal processing, protocols and software.
McGeehan has published more than 200 papers in the field of mobile communication systems, RF engineering, microwave theory and techniques, radio-wave propagation, signal processing and plasma physics.
His research into Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA) during the early 1990's formed the basis of today's 3G cellular standard. He also led the development of speech scrambling technology which is used today by all the UK's police forces for secure mobile radio transmissions. This technology won the Prince of Wales Award for Innovation (1992).
Professor McGeehan, said, “I am very honoured to receive this award in recognition of the strategic importance of the link between industry and Higher Education in the field of mobile communications. At a time of rapid change and development in the mobile communications field I have been extremely fortunate to have made a contribution in a number of key research areas. In this respect, I have been supported by many talented individuals without whose help such advances would have not have been possible.”
Established in 1998, Telecommunications Research Laboratory (TRL) is the centre for worldwide wireless research for Toshiba Corporation. Based in Bristol, the labs provide a centre of excellence in digital signal processing and protocol design for future wireless systems.
Chris Alderson who works for Laird Technologies in Japan has been awarded an MBE for ‘services to British industry’ for his efforts in establishing and developing a successful manufacturing operation in Japan.
Alderson was recruited in 1999 by RFI Shielding to set-up and run a form-in-place gasket facility, to dispense electrically conductive seals on to small electronic devices, such as mobile phones and PDA’s. This has resulted in business with many of the major Japanese electronics giants, including, Sony, Panasonic, Sanyo, Kenwood, and Toshiba.
Alderson was president of Nippon RFI Shielding KK, which became part of Laird in December 2003 and now employs 30 people at its Yokohama base. He is now taking on a business development role for the group, covering the whole of the Asia Pacific region.