AN ENGINEERING professor from Helensburgh has been elected as a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Tariq Durrani, who is also a member of Helensburgh Community Council, is among 16 new 'foreign members' elected to the Academy this year from throughout the world, and is the first person from Scotland to receive such recognition since the Academy’s foundation in 1964.

He was inducted into the Academy at a ceremony in Washington in September.

Professor Durrani was cited for his innovations in key areas of signal processing and leadership in engineering.

He has written more than 360 papers and nine books; and supervised some 50 PhD theses. He has been vice president (international) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and vice president for educational activities for the US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

He was formerly deputy principal of Strathclyde University, overseeing staff development and the university’s IT and computing infrastructure, and was head of the department of electronic and electrical engineering.

He was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to higher education and electronics research.