Honorary Degree in Engineering for Professor Peter Hunter

Honorary Degree in Engineering for Professor Peter Hunter

Posted by: Sarah Hollely Date: 21/06/17

We are delighted to announce that Professor Peter Hunter, University of Auckland (NZ), will receive an honorary degree in Engineering from the University of Sheffield on 18 July 2017.

Peter Hunter is known for his essential contributions to the field of in silico medicine and computational physiology.

“This award means a lot to me,” says Professor Hunter. “The Insigneo Institute led by Professor Marco Viceconti at the University of Sheffield is the preeminent bioengineering institute in Europe.”

There are strong connections between Insigneo and Peter Hunter’s institute in Auckland, the Auckland Bioengineering Institute which provided a template for the Insigneo Institute, and Peter’s advice has been invaluable in driving the development of Insigneo. Our connections will continue to strengthen when Professor Hunter joins our new Advisory Board on 01 August 2017.

Peter Hunter completed his Engineering and Masters of Engineering degrees at the University of Auckland before undertaking his DPhil (PhD) in Physiology at the University of Oxford where he researched finite element modelling of ventricular mechanics.

Since then his major research interests have been around modelling various aspects of the human body using specially developed computational algorithms and an anatomically and biophysically based approach which incorporates the detailed anatomical and microstructural measurements and material properties into the continuum models.

Peter has received numerous accolades for his work and in 2010 was appointed to the NZ Order of Merit. In 2009, he was awarded the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s top science award, as well as the KEA World Class NZ award in Research, Science, Technology and Academia.

As recent Co-Chair of the Physiome Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences, Peter is helping to lead the world in the use of computational methods for understanding the integrated physiological function of the body in terms of the structure and function of tissues, cells and proteins.

Alongside his role as Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, Peter is also Director of Computational Physiology at Oxford University, and Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) hosted by the University of Auckland. He also holds honorary or visiting Professorships at a number of universities around the world.

Peter is also on the scientific advisory boards of a number of research institutes in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.