Professor Uwe Krueger, CEO of global design, engineering and project management consultancy firm Atkins, has been awarded an honorary degree at Heriot-Watt's Dubai Campus graduation ceremony.
Prior to the ceremony, Professor Krueger gave a seminar to a select audience at the Dubai Campus. He discussed design and engineering interdependencies and the implications of a smarter approach to the built environment. In addition, his presentation focused on the global urbanisation challenges, including examples of innovative projects such as the nuclear fusion reactor ITER, and the solar impulse aircraft which will be the first ever whole day-and-night flight without fuel.
Appointed as Executive Director of Atkins in June 2011, Professor Uwe Krueger took up the post of Chief Executive Officer in August 2011. He is a physicist from University of Frankfurt with a PhD in complex system theory. He studied at Columbia University, Harvard and the Ecole Normale Supérieure and holds an Honorary Professorship in Physics from the University of Frankfurt am Main.
Professor Krueger has spent the majority of his career leading engineering and consulting organisations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Professor Ammar Kaka, Vice-Principal and Head of Dubai Campus, said: "Professor Krueger and Atkins have been significant sources of insight and support for our students. We are delighted to present him with this honorary degree and welcome him as a Heriot-Watt alumnus."