Robert McWilliam


Dr. Robert C. McWilliam was named in the “Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers” in December 1967 as that session’s Student Liaison Officer in Dundee, Scotland.  During the following decade he qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer while working mostly on public works in Scotland.  During the following fifteen years his engineering management experience included the energy, process and maritime sectors, as well as being an Industrial Advisor to the Monopolies Commission in the UK.  For twelve years he was responsible for the conservation, display and interpretation of the historical engineering collection at the National Museum of Science and Industry in London and enlarged its scope to include the Standards, Testing and Quality infrastructure.  He has degrees in engineering from the Universities of St. Andrews (BSc) and Leeds (MSc) and in business from Western Ontario (MBA) and Reading (PhD).  The latter after submitting a thesis on the evolution of British Standards.  He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA) and the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (FIES).

Since 1992 he has served on committees concerned with history and heritage at the Institution of Civil Engineers, where he is currently Technical Secretary of its Panel for Historical Engineering Works.  He is also chairman-designate of the editorial panel for Volume 3 (1890-1920) of its Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers and member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for the forthcoming quarterly international journal “Engineering History and Heritage”.