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Professor Michael Dickson
Professor Michael Dickson
Professor Michael Dickson
Professor Michael Dickson
Professor Michael Dickson
Professor Michael Dickson
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Sergio Viaggio
Sergio Viaggio

Internal News - 27 June 2007

Final day of summer degree ceremonies

The final 2007 summer degree ceremonies took place at the Abbey today, with a further 600 students attending at three ceremonies during the day.

The ceremonies saw students from the Faculty of Engineering & Design, School of Management and School for Health receive their degree awards.

In today’s ceremonies, Professor Michael Dickson, one of the founders of engineering firm Buro Happold, and Sergio Viaggio, a former translator for the United Nations, received honorary degrees.

Professor Dickson is an expert in the field of structural and architectural engineering. He and seven others set up the UK-based consulting engineers Buro Happold in 1976 in Bath, and was its Chairman between 1996 and 2005.

The firm now has 14 offices in seven countries and employs over 1,400 staff. Its recent designs include the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal Football Club and the Ascot Racecourse. Professor Dickson has been Chair of the Construction Industry Council and has worked for sustainable development for many years.

He has tutored students in the University’s Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering for many years.

He received the degree of Doctor of Engineering.

In his oration, Professor Tim Ibell, Head of the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, said: “Michael has exceptional commitment to the profession of engineering and to the education of our future engineers.”

Sergio Viaggio became a translator for the United Nations and developed a new theory of translation and interpreting as interlingual mediation.

He was appointed Chief Interpreter with the UN Office in Vienna in 1991, holding the post until his recent retirement. He received a degree of Doctor of Letters today.

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