Professor Helen Atkinson, who has developed metal alloys you can spread like butter, Sergio Pellegrino, the father of ultra-lightweight expanding space mirrors, and Dervilla Mitchell, who led the engineering design for the roof at Terminal 5, are among the 30 pioneering engineers elected this year to The Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Academy, which promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the UK, has also elected leading engineers from the business world including Andrew Herbert, Managing Director of Microsoft Research, Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer at Network Rail and David Waboso, Director of Engineering at London Underground.

Astronomer Royal Lord Rees of Ludlow, President of the Royal Society, and Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard University, have also been elected as Honorary Fellows.

“Our new Fellows demonstrate the importance of engineering in the modern world,” says Academy President Lord Browne of Madingley. “They are the cream of the UK’s engineering talent and many of them are actively involved in meeting some of the world’s greatest challenges: energy provision, climate change and sustainable use of materials. We salute their achievements and invite their help in moving engineering to the centre of society.”

The complete list of new Fellows for 2007 is as follows:


JUMA, Calestous

Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology and Globalisation Project, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

REES of Ludlow, Lord (Martin)

President of the Royal Society; Astronomer Royal; Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics and Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge


ALFORD, Neil McNeill

Professor of Physical Electronics and Thin Film Materials, Imperial College London

ATKINSON, Helen Valerie

Professor in Metals Processing, University of Leicester

BEAUMONT, Steven Peter

Vice Principal for Research and Enterprise, University of Glasgow


Professor and Head of Electronic Engineering and Head of Photonics Research, Aston University

BEYNON, John Howard

Dean of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

BROOK, Richard Anthony

Director, E-Synergy Ltd

COLLINGS, Nicholas

Professor of Applied Thermodynamics, Cambridge University; Founder and Director, Cambustion Inc, Cambridge


Technical Director, BAE Systems

EAST, (David) Warren Arthur

Chief Executive Officer, ARM Holdings

FIRTH, Ian Peter Thomas

Senior Partner, Flint and Neill Partnership

GOODALL, Roger Morgan

Professor of Control Systems Engineering, Loughborough University

GUILD, Nigel Charles Forbes

Chief Naval Engineer Officer, Ministry of Defence

HERBERT, Andrew James

Managing Director, Microsoft Research Ltd Cambridge

HICKS, Michael Arthur

Chief Technologist - Materials, Rolls-Royce plc

MARSH, John Haig

Board Director and Chief Technical Officer, Intense Ltd (on secondment from University of Glasgow)


Chief Engineer, Network Rail

MITCHELL, Dervilla

Director, Arup

MULGREW, Bernard

SELEX S&AS/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Signal Processing,

University of Edinburgh

PAGE, Trevor

Cookson Group Chair of Engineering Materials and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Affairs and Research), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Director of the NE joint Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and the Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology, Microsystems and Photonics (CENAMPS)


Professor of Structural Engineering and Fellow of Corpus Christ College,

University of Cambridge


Head of Systems Engineering, Thales Naval UK

SCRIVENER, Colin Terence John

Formerly Chief Audit Engineer Aerospace Engineering, Rolls-Royce Engineering Fellow Aerothermal Technology, Rolls-Royce plc


Professor of Materials Processing and Head of Department of Materials Processing,

Cranfield University

THOMAS, Martyn Charles

Director, Martyn Thomas Associates Ltd Visiting Professor: University of Oxford,

University of Bristol and University of Wales

VARDY, Alan Edward

Part Time Research Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee;

Consultant, Dundee Tunnel Research

VINTER, Richard Bertrand

Head, Control and Power Research Group, Imperial College London


Director of Engineering, London Underground


Professor of Fluid Power, Cardiff University

YORK, David W

Research Fellow, Proctor and Gamble Newcastle Technical Centre;

Visiting Professor, Leeds University Institute of Particle Science Engineering

YOUNGER, Paul Lawrence

HSBC Professor of Energy and Environment, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne


KASAGI, Nobuhide

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Tokyo

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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