Professor Emeritus honoured for engineering impact

Massey  Professor Emeritus Bob Hodgson.

Engineering New Zealand has named Professor Emeritus Bob Hodgson a distinguished fellows, the top tier of its membership.

Professor Hodgson was awarded the title, along with three new distinguished fellows and 17 new fellows, in Wellington earlier this month at the professional body’s annual fellowship dinner.

Professor Hodgson served as the Head of Institute Information Sciences and Technology at Massey University from 1998-2005, and as director of the Massey School of Engineering and Technology from 2005-07.

He is a recognised expert in image processing, information, human factors and systems engineering. He was a founding member of the New Zealand Council of Engineering Deans.

Professor Hodgson was involved in a start-up science and engineering company that has won worldwide recognition for using Artificial intelligence to extract information from microscopic images, called the Classifynder, which won the supreme award at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards in 2013.

His contribution to the professional body has been immense, having served on numerous boards and committees and six International Washington Accord Panels.

As the New Zealand representative, and then President, of the Association of Engineering Educators in South East Asia and the Pacific, Bob revitalised that organisation. He has also worked with the University of the South Pacific, in an unpaid Adjunct Professor role, to support its work towards engineering accreditation.

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