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Professor Jeremy Daniel McKendrick Watson
  • Professor of Engineering Systems
  • Engineering Science Faculty Office
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Jeremy Watson is Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean (Mission) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, based in the Department of Science Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. He is also Director for Science and Technology at engineering consultancy Arup. Until November 2012, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG).  Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2013 Birthday honours, for services to engineering.


An engineer by training, Jeremy has experience as a practitioner and director of pure and applied research and development in industry, the public sector and academia. He has held research and technical management roles in industry and universities plus voluntary service with the DTI and BIS. His interests include interactions in, and the design of, socio-technical systems, emerging technology identification, development and deployment, and strategic innovation processes.


Jeremy is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the

Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Technology (Past Chairman: IET Innovation & Emerging Technologies Panel), and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Most recently, he has become IET Vice-Chairman elect.


Jeremy is a former Board member of the UK Government Technology Strategy Board, and a Board member of the Institute for Sustainability, having previously been a founding trustee. He serves on the Council of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Research Summary

DPhil: Synthesised Speech Aids for the Vocally Handicapped

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