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Registrants among first new Fellows elected under Fit for the Future diversity initiative

Published: 24/09/2021

Montage of faces of new Royal Academy of Engineering FellowsThe trustees and staff of the Engineering Council would like to congratulate David Short MSc CEng IntPE(UK) FRAeS FIET, Technology Director for BAE Systems and a Trustee of the Engineering Council, on his election to Fellowship. The Engineering Council is pleased to see that almost two thirds of new Fellows are registrants and would like to congratulate them on this significant achievement.

69 leading figures in the field of engineering and technology have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in recognition of exceptional contributions to their sectors, whether as innovation leaders, inspiring role models, or through remarkable achievements in business or academia. The group consists of 60 Fellows, four International Fellows and five Honorary Fellows. 

This year’s new Fellows are the first to reflect the Academy’s Fellowship Fit for the Future initiative announced in July 2020, to drive more nominations of outstanding engineers from underrepresented groups ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2026. This initiative will see the Academy strive for increased representation from women, disabled and LGBTQ+ engineers, those from minority ethnic backgrounds, non-traditional education pathways and emerging industries, and those who have achieved excellence at an earlier career stage than normal.

These new Fellows were admitted to the Academy, which comprises nearly 1,700 distinguished engineers, at its AGM on 22 September. In joining the Fellowship, they will add their capabilities to the Academy’s mission to create a sustainable society and an inclusive economy for all.

Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says: “Our Fellows represent the best of the best in the engineering world, and we welcome these 69 excellent and talented professionals to our community of businesspeople, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics.

“This year’s new Fellows are the most diverse group elected in the history of our institution. The engineering profession has long suffered from a diversity shortfall and the Academy is committed to changing that, including by ensuring that our own Fellowship community is as inclusive as it can be. It is well established that diverse organisations tend to be more agile and more innovative, and as the UK’s National Academy for engineering and technology, we have a responsibility to reflect the society we serve in addressing the shared challenges of our future.”

Full details and a profile of each Fellow elected in 2021 can be found on the RAEng website and the complete list is as follows:


  • Gary Aitkenhead BEng (Hons) CEng FIET, Senior Vice President, EMEA Operations, Equinix
  • Zayeed Alam MEng FIChemE, European Director, Corporate Data and Modelling Sciences, Procter and Gamble
  • Dr Jade Alglave ENS MPRI PhD, Distinguished Engineer, Arm Ltd; and Professor of Computer Science, University College London (UCL)
  • Professor Ruth Allen BSc (Hons) CEng MICE CWEM MCIWEM MIWater MIoD, Independent consultant
  • Alison Atkinson BEng CEng MICE, CEO, AWE plc
  • Professor Holger Babinsky Dipl Ing PhD FRAeS FAIAA, Professor of Aerodynamics, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Luke Bisby FRSE BEng MSc PhD FIStructE FIFireE FIIFC FIES PEng MASCE MSFPE MACI, Chair of Fire and Structures, Head of Research Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Byron Byrne BE(Hons) BCom PhD FICE, Ørsted / RAEng Research Chair in Advanced Geotechnical Design, University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Carling BSc CEng FIMechE, CEO, Tokamak Energy Ltd; Director, Zotefoams plc
  • Andrew Churchill BA MA FIET, Executive Chairman, JJ Churchill Ltd
  • Professor Paul P Conway BEng MSc CEng FIMechE SMIEEE, Professor of Manufacturing Processes, Loughborough University
  • Professor Jian Dai BSc MSc PhD CEng FIMechE FRSA FIEEE FASM, Professor and Chair of Mechanisms and Robotics, King’s College London
  • Alice Delahunty BEng MSc CEng MIET, President of Electricity Transmission, National Grid
  • Professor Daniele Dini DPhil CEng FIMechE FInstP FSTLE, Professor of Tribology, Imperial College London
  • Professor Penelope Endersby MA (Cantab) CEng CPhys FInstP, Chief Executive, The Meteorological Office
  • Mark Enzer OBE MA MSc MBA CEng CSci FIChemE FICE MCIWEM, Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald; Director, Centre for Digital Built Britain
  • Professor Andrea Ferrari PhD ScD FInstP FMRS FOSA FAPS FEurASc MAE FRSC, Professor of Nanotechnology, Director, Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge
  • Elspeth Finch MBE BSc MSc MPhil, CEO, IAND
  • Professor Jarmila Glassey BEd MEng PhD CEng FIChemE PFHEA, Professor of Chemical Engineering Education, Newcastle University
  • Neil Glover BA MA CEng FIMMM, Head of Materials Research, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Dr Paul Gosling BSc PhD CEng CPhys FIET FInstP, CTO (Chief Technical Officer), Thales UK
  • Professor Edwin Hancock BSc PhD DSc FIET FInstP FIAPR, Professor of Computer Science, University of York
  • Duncan Hawthorne BEng MBA CEng FIMechE, CEO, Horizon Nuclear Power
  • Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill BSc PhD Eur Ing CEng FIET, Professor of Medical Devices and Electronic Systems, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Peter Haynes MA PhD FREng CEng CSci FIMMM CPhys FInstP, Professor of Theory & Simulation of Materials, Imperial College London
  • Professor Jan-Theodoor Janssen MSc PhD CEng FInstP FIET, Chief Scientist, National Physical Laboratory
  • Professor Samuel Kingman BEng MSc PhD DEng CEng FIMMM, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Anton Kiss BEng MSc PhD CEng CSci FIChemE, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Manchester
  • Professor Paola Lettieri Laurea PhD CEng FIChemE, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of UCL East, University College London
  • Professor James Litster BE PhD FIChemE FTSE, Vice President and Head of Faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Mark Little BSc PhD, VP Engineering, Red Hat
  • Professor Margaret Lucas FRSE BSc(Eng) MPhil PhD CEng FIMechE MIEEE, Regius Chair of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Professor of Ultrasonics and Dean of Research (College of Science and Engineering), University of Glasgow
  • Dr Andrew Lynn BSc(Eng) PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Fluidic Analytics Limited
  • Professor Rob Miller MEng DPhil CEng FRAeS, Professor of Aerothermal Technology, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Aimee Morgans BA MEng PhD CEng MIMechE, Professor of Thermofluids, Imperial College London
  • Dave Nesbitt HNC, Director of Electrical and Vehicle Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Professor Catherine Noakes OBE BEng PhD CEng FIMechE FHEA FIHEEM FISIAQ, Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds
  • Professor Ian Noble BSc PhD CEng FIChemE, Head of Research, Analytical and Productivity - Mondelez International RDQ; Visiting Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Stephen O'Connor BSc MSc PhD DSc CEng FIPEM CPhys FInstP HonFRCP, Visiting Professor, Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering, School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, City, University of London
  • Dr (Olawale) Nelson Ogunshakin OBE BSC MSc MBA DSc(Eng) FICE MCIArb FCMI, CEO, FIDIC, International Federation of Consulting Engineers
  • Professor Rachel Oliver MEng PhD CEng FIMMM, Professor of Materials Science, University of Cambridge
  • Jim O'Sullivan BSC MBA CEng FRAeS, Formerly Chief Executive, Highways England Ltd
  • Professor Sebastien Ourselin MSc Dipl Ing PhD FIPEM, Head of School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, King’s College London
  • Professor Stephen Parkes BSc MSc PhD CEng FIET CPhys FInstP CITP FBCS MIEEE MAIAA, Chief Technology Officer, STAR-Dundee Ltd
  • Professor Tiziana Rossetto MEng MSc PhD FICE, Professor in Earthquake Engineering, University College London
  • Andrew Rutter BSc (Hons) CEng FIChemE, Director and Owner, rutterddesign
  • Professor Simon Saunders BSc PhD CEng FIET, Communication Technology Advisor, Visiting Professor King’s College London
  • Dr Iain Scott BEng PhD, Vice-President of Capability and Chief Technology Officer, Radar and Advanced Targeting, Leonardo MW Ltd
  • Dr Andrew Senior BA PhD CEng FIET, Senior Research Scientist, DeepMind
  • David Short MSc CEng IntPE(UK) FRAeS FIET, Technology and Advanced Programmes Director, BAE Systems Plc
  • Dr Jamie Shotton MA PhD, Chief Scientist, Wayve
  • Dr Jonathan Simm BSc MEng PhD CEng FICE MCIWEM, Chief Technical Director (Resilience), HR Wallingford Ltd
  • Professor Julia Sutcliffe BSc PhD CEng FRAeS, Chief Technologist – Air, BAE Systems; Honorary Professor University of Manchester
  • Dr Robert Swann MA PhD, Chair: Audio Analytic Ltd; AudioTelligence Ltd; SLAMCore; Flusso; Board Member: Undo Software; Living Optics
  • Dr Simon Thomas MEng PhD CEng MIMechE CPhys MInstP, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Paragraf Ltd
  • Professor Patricia Thornley BSc DPhil CPhys, Director, Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute, Aston University
  • Professor Yiannis Ventikos MEng PhD Kennedy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University College London
  • Professor Yanghua Wang BEng MSc PhD CEng FIET FInstP FRAS, Professor of Geophysics, Imperial College London
  • Dr Rebecca Weston MA PhD MBA CPhys FInstP CEng FNucI, Chief Operating Officer, Sellafield Ltd
  • Professor Bajram Zeqiri BSc PhD CEng FInstP, NPL Fellow in Ultrasound, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

International Fellows

  • Professor Cato T Laurencin (USA) BA BSE PhD MD FACS FAICHE FAIMBE FBMES FBSE FMRS, Chief Executive Officer, The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering, UConn, USA
  • Professor Alfonso Hing Wan Ngan (Hong Kong) BSc PhD DSc CEng FHKEng CSci FIMMM FHKIE, Kingboard Endowed Professor in Materials Engineering, University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong SA
  • Professor Nabeel Agha Riza (Ireland) BS MS PhD FIET HonFEI MRIA FNAI FIEEE FOSA FSPIE FEOS, Chair Professor Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College Cork
  • Aleida Rios (USA/UK) BS CEng FEI, Senior Vice President of Engineering, bp

Honorary Fellows

  • Roma Agrawal MBE CEng MIStructE
  • Yewande Akinola MBE CEng
  • Dr Trueman Goba
  • Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
  • Steph McGovern


For press enquiries:

Kate Webster, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0567

Jane Sutton, Royal Academy of Engineering -, 020 7766 0736

Notes for editors:

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit: