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Prof Postlethwaite

Professor Postlethwaite's achievements have been recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Prestigious Award for Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Postlethwaite

Professor Ian Postlethwaite has received the Heaviside Medal for achievement in Control from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Professor Postlethwaite, a control engineer, received the Heaviside Medal for his major role in the development of the theory which underpins many of the robust control tools now being used by practising control engineers. He has also been involved in efforts to improve the performance and safety of helicopters and future unmanned air-vehicles (UAVs).

The award was presented on Tuesday, November 13 as part of Achievement Awards of the IET’s prestigious Ambition and Achievement Awards.

On recieveing the award Professor Postlethwaite said ' I was delighted to receive this award, which recognises the research I have done at Leicester, much of which was in collaboration with colleagues, research students and staff of the highest quality.'

The Achievement Awards programme recognises and rewards excellence in individuals within the engineering and technology fields. The programme covers students and young professionals who are in the early stages of their career through to individuals who are at the pinnacle of their careers.

About Professor Postlethwaite

Ian Postlethwaite joined the University of Leicester as a Professor of Engineering in 1988, and was Head of Department from 1995-2004. During this period the Department’s reputation grew and it is now seen as one of the best General Engineering Departments in the UK.

In 2005, he became a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, currently with special responsibility for Research.

He has held visiting research positions at the University of California at Berkeley and the Australian National University.

Professor Postlethwaite has received in excess of £7M research funding and published 330 refereed papers. His research interests involve theoretical contributions to the field of robust multivariable control and the application of advanced control system design to engineering systems. He is interested in the underlying principles of control and how they can be used to develop, from a strong theoretical foundation, practical design methods for practising control engineers.

Professor Postlethwaite was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for “contributions to multivariable control design and to control engineering education”. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control.

Professional positions he has held outside the University of Leicester include membership of the IEE Council, National Advisory Committee on Avionics and Flight Systems and the General Engineering Panel in Research Assessment Exercise 2001 and 2008, of which he has been Deputy-Chair. He is Chair of the Research Advisory Board of the new Ministry of Defence-funded Defence Technology Centre (DTC) in Systems Engineering for Autonomous Systems.

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