Professor Iain Gray CBE awarded honorary degree for leadership in the Aerospace Industry

Issue date: 06 July 2017


Professor Iain Gray was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering (Hon DEng) by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in recognition of his contribution to the UK aerospace industry.

Iain Gray is the Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University. Iain Gray joined Cranfield University in March 2015 after seven years as the Chief Executive of Innovate UK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board).

In this role he is responsible for all aspects of learning, executive education and research in Aerospace for the University and for developing the Aerospace Strategy across the University Group.

Prior to this, Iain was Managing Director and General Manager of Airbus UK, whose Bristol operation he joined when it was still part of British Aerospace.

Iain completed his early education in Aberdeen, culminating in an Engineering Science honours degree at Aberdeen University. He then went on to gain a Masters of Philosophy at Southampton University in 1989. In 2014 was awarded a CBE for services to Innovation.

Iain is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 2007 was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Medal.

He is a Fellow and Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a Council Member for City University of London, Chair of Aerospace Bristol Museum and is a non-executive Director of Versarien, an AIM listed company specialising in materials technology.

Responding to the award Iain said, “I feel very honoured and privileged to be receiving this award. I have had a long association with the University and proud to be linked to it, particularly in the field of Aerospace where the University plays such a strong role developing the engineers of tomorrow in such a rapidly changing world of technology.”

The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering (Hon DEng) was conferred at the awards ceremony of the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol Cathedral on Tuesday 11 July at 10:30.

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