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10 January 2007 PR 07/02

Loughborough Professor to receive top honour from Netherlands

A Loughborough Professor is to receive an honorary degree from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Professor Chimay Anumba, who is Director of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Engineering (CICE), is being awarded the doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contributions to building and construction engineering.

Delft University, which only awards a maximum of two honorary degrees per year, is presenting Professor Anumba with his doctorate on Friday (January 12) during celebrations to mark Delft’s 165th anniversary.

Speaking about the honour, Professor Anumba said: “I am delighted to be honoured in this way and by such a prestigious institution. It is also recognition of the work of numerous doctoral students over the years.”

Professor Anumba graduated at 18 with a first class honours degree in Building from the University of Jos, Nigeria. He worked briefly as a site engineer and as a design engineer before undertaking postgraduate research in computer-aided engineering at the University of Leeds.

On completion of his PhD in 1989, he joined Curtins Consulting Engineers plc, and was involved in a wide range of civil and structural engineering projects. This was followed by a period as a Senior Lecturer and Reader in computer-aided engineering at the University of Teesside. Professor Anumba joined Loughborough University in April 1998 and is currently founding Director of the CICE and Professor of Construction Engineering and Informatics.

Professor Anumba has over 350 publications, including 11 books, on aspects of construction engineering and informatics. He was awarded the higher doctorate degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by Loughborough University in July 2006.

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  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough in the top five among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

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