McLaren Group Chairman to become Doctor of Engineering

Chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive Ron Dennis

Chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive Ron Dennis is to be awarded an honorary doctorate on Wednesday July 3 in recognition of his contribution to high technology engineering.

Under Ron Dennis’ direction, McLaren has built upon its reputation as a world beating Formula 1 team, to become a global group of high technology companies, all based at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre.

The McLaren Group is focussed upon the development and application of ground breaking technologies in a range of disciplines.  It has established world class expertise in data management, modelling and simulation, materials science, high performance design and electronic systems.

Amongst its many activities, the company is currently designing and manufacturing FAA approved engine control units for aircraft, helping GSK to improve the efficiency of its manufacturing operations, working alongside doctors to improve the monitoring of children in intensive care and helping to improve the energy efficiency of data centres.

Ron Dennis has also overseen the creation of McLaren Automotive, which is a world leader in the design, engineering and production of high technology cars which set new standards of performance and fuel efficiency.  McLaren pioneered the use of light weight carbon fibre first in Formula 1, then in production cars and has manufactured more carbon fibre cars than any other company in the world.

Ron Dennis is also a passionate advocate of education in science, technology, engineering and maths.  He is a Governor of Wellington College and plays an active role the McLaren Manufacturing Challenge, an annual competition designed to enhance young people’s perceptions of engineering.

Mr Dennis, who will be introduced at the ceremony by Professor Andrew Graves from the School of Management, said:

“It is a great honour to receive this doctorate from the University of Bath. Bath has a well deserved reputation for the quality of its teaching and its research in engineering. Britain is blessed with some of the finest universities in the world, and I am a constant advocate for them. It is only by captivating and inspiring the brightest minds within our schools and universities, that companies such as McLaren will be able to create the technologies of the future, provide jobs and help to deliver growth.”

He added: “I sincerely hope, that through our successes on the track and by producing innovative technologies, McLaren has been able to inspire some of tomorrow’s engineers to take up a vocation that will be crucial to all our futures.”

Mr Dennis will receive his honorary doctorate on Wednesday 3 July during the first ceremony of the day at Bath Abbey.

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