30 September 2019

Oxford Instruments’ Chief Executive elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Oxford Instruments plc, a leading provider of high technology products and services to industrial companies and scientific research communities, is delighted to announce its Chief Executive, Dr Ian Barkshire, has been elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his continuing contribution to the profession.

The Academy’s Fellowship represents the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. Ian is one of fifty-four new Fellows adding their expertise to the Fellowship of nearly 1,600 eminent engineers from both industry and academia.

Throughout his career, Ian has driven the development of key enabling technologies and products for the practical measurement and characterisation of materials down to the atomic and molecular level. In line with the Royal Academy’s ambition to advance engineering for the benefit of society, Ian has led Oxford Instruments’ focus to support their customers in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges with innovative and enabling technologies, products and services.

Dr Ian Barkshire said, “I am honoured to have been elected a Fellow and to have the opportunity to join such a prestigious group of thought leaders from around the world. I share their drive to make a difference in the world and am passionate about driving the best from engineering at Oxford Instruments to ensure we continue to enable a greener economy, increased connectivity, improved health, and leaps in scientific understanding.”

Following an early academic career in surface science instrumentation and measurement, Ian moved into industry, at GEC-Marconi Materials and later at Oxford Instruments. After several years as a Managing Director, Divisional Head and Group Technical Director, Ian is now Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments plc. In his time at Oxford Instruments Ian has led numerous projects, winning three Queens Awards for Innovation and a finalist for the RAEng MacRobert Award.