The software engineering researcher, who spent 12 years at UCL Engineering, as a researcher department head and Dean, will receive the title in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The heraldic title ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’- shortened to CBE – is awarded by UK for ‘a prominent role at a national level’ or ‘innovation in a specific area’. It recognises people who have made achievements in public life and to develop Britain. Anthony Finkelstein has been nominated for his services to computer science and engineering.
Professor Finkelstein was Head of UCL Computer Science from 2003-2010 and Dean of UCL Engineering from 2010-2015. He left this role in 2015 to take up as a position as Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security to the UK government, and is currently Professor of Software Systems Engineering at University College London and The Alan Turing Institute.
As a researcher he has published more than 250 scientific papers and secured more than £35m of research funding. In the engineering and scientific communities, he is a professional Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), the British Computer Society (BCS), and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and active in all. He received the Oliver Lodge Medal of the IET in 2009 for achievement in Information Technology, and has has been recognised for his contributions to the field of requirements engineering and for his professional service by the IEEE and the ACM.
Anthony is committed to engineering education, and during his time as Dean of Engineering began the UCL Integrated Engineering Programme to bring together the best of modern undergraduate learning. He also partnered with other organisations to support Engineers Without Borders, Generating Genius and Elutec, among others. A believer in integrating engineering into everyday life, he brought the interdisciplinary Institute of Making and the MakeSpace to UCL , and serves as a non-executive Director on the NHS board of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
Professor Finkelstein said:
“It is trite to say this, but nonetheless true … The honour is one I share with the fantastic team at UCL and my collaborators and colleagues in the organisations I have worked with. I have enjoyed incredible support in all aspects of my work and in that context it is easy to achieve things. I am particularly pleased that the citation is for services to computer science and engineering, disciplines I am very proud of singly and in combination!”
The award will be presented later by a member of the Royal Family.