Professor Graham Wren, Special Adviser to the Principal, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, in recognition of his services to Education, Science and Engineering.
Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: “I am delighted that Graham has been recognised in this way. Over the last ten years, he has played a significant role in helping us shape Strathclyde’s innovation and business engagement strategy and has supported the development of our key links with industry. Many of our large industrial research centres have been designed and developed with Graham’s intimate involvement. His work has also supported us in creating a UK leading approach to industry collaboration and has helped us build strategic industrial links internationally.”
Professor Wren added: “I am delighted that my contributions to Education, Science and Engineering have been recognised in this way. My work at Strathclyde is of course as part of a team and it has been my privilege to work with Sir Jim and the many talented colleagues from across the University and beyond to play my part in our growth and engagement with industry over the years.”
Professor Wren has 40 years of international technology business experience, most of which has been spent in advanced technology and science areas. He has been a member of more than 30 company and research centre boards and has held most director positions including Chairman, CEO, Managing, Operations, Sales, Business Development and various Non-Executive Director roles. He has represented the UK Government on OECD and NEA committees as an expert, has given evidence to UK Parliamentary select committees and has sat on numerous government and industry committees, including, for two sessions, the Scottish Science Advisory Committee – the committee which advises the Scottish Government.
He has worked at Strathclyde for over ten years, overseeing a number of ambitious projects where the University is engaging with industry to produce innovative technology in areas as diverse as renewable energy, aerospace, nuclear and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Graham was the initial Project director and SRO for the National Manufacturing Institute (NMIS) which is due to open in 2021.