Building named to honour Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson and Elanor Huntington
Friday 22 July 2016

ANU has recognised the career of Distinguished Engineering Professor Brian Anderson’s by naming a building in his honour.

Professor Anderson joined ANU in 1981. In July this year he retired and joined the Emeritus faculty.

He will continue his research and retain his office in the Brian Anderson Building.

Professor Anderson said he has had a wonderful time at ANU and was both deeply honoured and surprised to have his name given to a building in which he has worked for many years.

“It’s been a pleasure in my time at the University to have worked with more than 50 PhD and Post-Doctoral students and watched many of them go on to do very well in their own right,” Professor Anderson said.

In June, Professor Anderson was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) for his role as a teacher and researcher, adding to his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1993.

As an academic at the ANU, Professor Anderson interacted over a period of several years with Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company engineers to generate a design methodology for the pitch control component of a flight controller. This reduced the design time from about 200 person-years to one.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt congratulated Brian on his career and retirement.

“As a University community we could not be more proud or more honoured to call you one of our own,” Professor Schmidt said.

“In addition to being a wonderful teacher, deeply respected by your current and former students, you have also been a leader, an innovator and a pioneer in your field.

“Your work has not only helped shape the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, but it has also ensured it has become one of the world’s foremost centres for engineering research.”

Professor Anderson’s contributions to the field of engineering have been honored through honorary doctorates of seven universities across Europe and Australia.

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