15 June 2017

Engineers recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Robin McNeill and Professor Karen Willcox, who became Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Karen is Co-Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Computational Engineering and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has been recognised for her services to aerospace engineering and education. She has been an MIT faculty member for 15 years and her research has produced methods that are widely applied in aircraft system design and environmental policy decision-making. She is a recognised innovator in the United States and received a First in the World Department of Education grant in 2015. Karen regularly returns to New Zealand, where she has held visiting professor positions at the University of Auckland, most recently in 2016. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Engineering at the University of Auckland.

Robin, who is an IPENZ Fellow, has been recognised for his services to conservation. He has a long history of advocating for conservation values and public access to conservation lands. Robin is on the board of New Zealand Walking Access Commission and was President of Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) from 2012 to 2016. He’s played a key role in the formation of the New Zealand Outdoor Recreation Consortium, which mobilises volunteers to maintain backcountry huts and tracks. He is editor of tramping guidebook ‘Moirs Guide South’ and author of bushcraft manual ‘Safety in the Mountains’.