He was responsible, at Queens, for developing the vision that led to the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park - now Catalyst Inc - and the ECIT Global Research Institute (www.ecit.qub.ac.uk) for which he is currently Director. In 2002, the Science Park was a “brownfield site”. Today 160 high technology companies are located there, employing over 2,600 people. He also successfully co-founded two high technology companies based on his research activities, APT Ltd, later acquired by Qualcomm, and Amphion Semiconductor, later acquired by Conexant.
Professor McCanny is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IEEE. He is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy. His awards include the IET’s Faraday medal, the Royal Irish Academy’s Cunningham medal, the Irish Times/Royal Dublin Society Boyle medal and an IEEE Millennium medal.