Professor Pat McKeown OBE FREng, has been described as one of the pioneers of modern high precision engineering.
After initial training in the aircraft industry he joined the world leading Swiss high precision machine tool company of the time, GSIP, where he specialised in the comprehensive geometric and thermal error analyses and calibration of high precision machines. This led to rules for the design of high precision machines and eventually to 3D error-mapping and software error compensation,in universal use today.
After 13 years in industry, he returned to Cranfield in 1968 to establish the Cranfield Unit for Precision Engineering, a MinTech industrial unit which went on to design, construct, commission and supply a wide range of ultra-precision machine tools and metrology equipment,world-wide. These included single point diamond turning machines capable of nanometre accuracy, grinding machines for large telescope mirrors, camshafts, crankshafts and complex geometry gears and several specialist metrology instruments etc.
He has led professional development short courses in the UK, USA, China, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia.
He has been visiting professor at U of California, Berkeley, U of Wisconsin, Madison and Nanjing University of Aeronatics, China.
He was the founding president of the highly successful European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, euspen in 1999, has received lifetime achievement awards from the precision engineering societies of America, Japan and Europe and was awarded the Georg-Schlesinger Preis from the State of Berlin in 2007 for his work in production engineering in general and high precision engineering in particular.