06 January 2017 | Martin Read
Building engineer Ant Wilson has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.
Wilson, who is director, sustainability & advanced design - building engineering at building engineering consultancy AECOM, is also a long-standing council member for BSRIA, the research and consultancy organisation for construction and building services.
Ant Wilson is recognised as one of the UK's most influential building service engineers and works tirelessly in the promotion and advancement of Engineering and Sustainability. This includes becoming a STEMNET Ambassador (2002 - present), which sees him undertaking regular presentations in schools to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and in particular engineering as a viable long-term career option. This includes: changing the perception of the built environment engineering from the traditional construction industry and aligning it to the reduction of both energy consumption and carbon usage.
In addition, Ant has been a member of the Building Services Research and Information (BSRIA) governance council since 2001, providing industry insight that allows BSRIA to take a leading position in the development and implementation of best practice for the industry, with a focus on skill development, conservation of fuel and power in buildings, low carbon/energy design, sustainable buildings and developments, renewable energy systems and façade engineering. He is the chairman of the BSRIA Energy & Sustainability Network.
As well as contributing to BSRIA and promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in schools, Wilson has fellowships of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE). He was the first winner of ACE Engineering Ambassadors award in 2008 and awarded a CIBSE silver medal in 2007 for his contribution. In 2010 Wilson was awarded the Institute of Mechanical Engineers award for promotion of construction and building services.