Honorary doctorate to Professor Lord Bhattacharyya

Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel AM, Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner

Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel AM, Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya Kt CBE FREng FRS, Chairman of WMG (formerly known as Warwick Manufacturing Group) has been recognised with an honorary doctorate from Monash University.

The University’s highest honour recognised his significant achievement as the founder of WMG, raising the status of engineering and manufacturing in the UK and globally, and for his role in facilitating global collaboration with industry through research and education.

“It is an honour to be awarded this Honorary Doctorate by Monash University, an internationally-recognised home to innovative engineering research solutions and exceptional teaching,” Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said.

Monash Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel AO conferred the Doctor of Laws honoris causa on Professor Lord Bhattacharyya at a ceremony in Melbourne on 20 May.

“For more than three decades, Lord Bhattacharyya has improved the competitiveness of the global manufacturing industry from exploitation of his early patents in machining through to the programs of the Warwick Manufacturing Group,” Dr Finkel said.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has also contributed to the development of the Monash Warwick Alliance with the WMG involved in opportunities including manufacturing, nanomaterials, smart vehicles and linkages between the WMG Academy for Young Engineers and the John Monash Science School.

“As Chairman of WMG, I am pleased to see the Monash Warwick Alliance bringing academics, manufacturers and students together to enable world-leading collaborations with businesses and exciting opportunities for the next generation of engineers,” Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said.

“This is the same ethos in which I created WMG over 34 years ago, to bridge the gap between academia and industry, and to provide education programs which enabled people to learn new skills and explore research to help their business grow. Since then we have seen many successful products developed and people succeed in business, which shows this is a winning formula,” he said.

“He has significantly contributed to the alliance between Monash University and the University of Warwick - creating a new approach to higher education through partnership between manufacturing and university research and teaching,” Dr Finkel said.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya founded WMG in 1980 to help reinvigorate UK manufacturing. From its inception WMG’s mission has been to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value-adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice.

Today it is a world-leading research and education group and the largest single organisation dealing in the multi-disciplinary facets of manufacturing developments.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya has published extensively in the field of manufacturing and is an advisor to companies, governments and organisations around the world. He has received many international honours and awards. He was honoured with a CBE in 1997, awarded a knighthood in 2003 for services to higher education and industry and was elevated to the Lords in 2004.

Formed in early 2012, the Monash Warwick Alliance represents an innovation in higher education and research and aims to accelerate the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash University and the University of Warwick.