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50 engineering leaders become Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Published: 18/09/2018

Royal Academy of Engineering logoThe trustees and staff of the Engineering Council would like to congratulate Professor Chris Atkin FREng CEng FRAeS, Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at City University London and Chairman of the Engineering Council, on his election to Fellowship. The Engineering Council is pleased to see the majority of new Fellows are registrants and would like to congratulate them on this significant achievement.

Fifty leading engineers from the UK and around the world have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.

The 50 new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at its AGM in London today, in addition to four International Fellows and one Honorary Fellow, who will add their expertise to the Fellowship of nearly 1,600 world-leading engineers from both industry and academia.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “I am delighted to welcome all our new Fellows to the Academy - together they epitomise the very best of UK engineering. Representing the country’s most innovative and creative minds from both academia and industry, the achievements of our new Fellows highlight the critical role engineering has in addressing major societal challenges and ensuring our readiness for the future. We are very much looking forward to working with them as we continue to fulfil our vision of engineering at the heart of a sustainable and prosperous society.” 

The complete list of new Fellows for 2018 is as follows:


  • Professor Guglielmo Aglietti - Director, Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey
  • Dr Paul Atherton - Chairman, Nexeon Ltd; Phase Focus Ltd; FungiAlert Ltd
  • Professor Christopher Atkin - Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, City University London
  • Fawaz Bitar - Head of Global Operations, BP plc
  • Mark Bennett - Strategy Director - Government, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
  • Sir George Buckley - Chairman, Stanley Black & Decker Inc; Smiths Group plc
  • Dr Mark Buswell - Vice President and Head of Discovery, GSK
  • Mark Carne - Former Chief Executive, Network Rail
  • Professor Judith Driscoll - Professor of Materials Science, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte FRS - Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence
  • Professor Robert Dwyer-Joyce - Professor of Lubrication Engineering, University of Sheffield
  • Trevor Gill - Telecommunications consultant
  • Air Vice-Marshal Susan Gray CB OBE - Air Officer Commanding No. 38 Group, Royal Air Force 
  • Professor Timothy Green - Director of the Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London
  • Professor Yike Guo - Director of Data Science Institute and Professor of Computing Science, Imperial College London and Shanghai University
  • Professor Christopher Hewitt - Pro-Vice Chancellor, Executive Dean and Professor of Biological Engineering, Aston University
  • Dr Graham Hoare OBE - Director – Global Engineering Operations, Ford Motor Company UK
  • Professor David Johnson - Director, DGauge Ltd
  • Professor David Jones - Pro-Vice Chancellor Education and Students, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Raouf Kattan - Managing Director, Safinah Ltd
  • Dr Niel Kempson CB - Director General for Capability, UK Government
  • Professor Robin Langley - Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Division of Mechanics, Materials and Design, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Barry Lennox - Research Director Dalton Cumbrian Facility and Professor of Applied Control, University of Manchester
  • Professor Andrew Lewis - Director of Research & Development, Innovation, Biocompatibles UK Ltd
  • Peter Lomas - Director of Engineering, Norcott Technologies Ltd
  • Professor Kwai Man Luk - Chair Professor of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Rebecca Lunn MBE FRSE - Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • John MacArthur - Vice President Group Carbon, Shell 
  • Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas - Professor of Turbomachinery, Imperial College London
  • Paul McKinlay - Senior Vice President and Head of Broughton Plant, Airbus UK
  • Hilary Mercer - Vice President Pennsylvania Chemicals, Shell Global
  • Professor Andy Neely- Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations, University of Cambridge
  • James O'Callaghan - Founding Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
  • Brian Palmer - Chief Executive Officer, Tharsus Group Limited
  • Professor Thomas Rodden - Deputy CEO, EPRSC; Professor of Computing, University of Nottingham
  • Nicholas Rogers - Executive Director, Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Rob Spurrett - Founder and Director, Cherry Space Ltd
  • Alasdair Stirling CBE - Director Engineering Services, Naval Marine, Babcock International Group
  • Dr Peter Thompson - Chief Executive Officer, National Physical Laboratory
  • Professor Rachel Thomson - Professor of Materials Engineering and PVC for Teaching, Loughborough University
  • Professor Marco Viceconti - Professor of Biomechanics, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Jiangzhou Wang - Professor and Chair of Telecommunications, University of Kent
  • Dr Andrew Ward - Chief Technology Officer, Ubisense Limited
  • Professor Rachel Williams - Professor of Ophthalmic Bioengineering, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Graham Wren - Director of Major Projects and Special Adviser to the Principal, University of Strathclyde
  • David Wright - Director, Electricity Transmission, National Grid
  • Dr Richard Yemm - Director, Quoceant Ltd
  • Professor Paul Young - Professor of Geophysics, University of Toronto
  • Professor Ken Young - Technology Director, Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Professor Zhibing Zhang - Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham

International Fellows

  • Professor Frances Arnold (USA) - Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology
  • Professor Zhenya Liu (China) - Chairman, GEIDCO, Beijing 
  • Dr Harry Shum (USA) - Executive Vice President – AI & Research, Microsoft Corporation
  • Professor Ji Zhou (China) - Honorary Chairman, Governing Board of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)

Honorary Fellow

  • Philip Greenish CBE - Chair of Council, University of Southampton

Profiles of all newly elected Fellows are available on the Royal Academy of Engineering's website.