Queen Mary 2 designer Stephen Payne, international development champion Jo da Silva from Arup, and John Loughhead, leader of the UK Energy Research Centre, are among the 44 pioneering engineers elected this year to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Academy, which promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the UK, has elected leading engineers from commercial engineering including BAE Systems’ Simon Howison, UK engineering leader for the Eurofighter Typhoon, and Timothy Leverton, who led JCB’s record-breaking Dieselmax land speed project.

Some of the country’s most visionary academics are also elected, such as cardiac ultrasound expert Professor Alison Noble of Oxford University and fuel cell pioneer Professor Nigel Brandon of Imperial College London.

Fertility expert Lord Winston, venture capitalist Anne Glover of Amadeus, Ordnance Survey chief Vanessa Lawrence and DFID Chief Scientist Sir Gordon Conway have also been elected as Honorary Fellows.

“Our new Fellows are among the very best engineers working in the UK today,” says Academy President Lord Browne of Madingley. “They are pushing the technical boundaries across the most challenging fields from medical imaging to aeronautics and energy technology. Together they demonstrate that engineering is at the heart of modern society.”

The complete list of new Fellows is as follows:


CONWAY, Sir Gordon

Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID) and Chair of International Development, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London


Chief Executive Officer, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd


Chief Executive and Director General, Ordinance Survey

WINSTON, Lord (Robert)

Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College; Member, Council of EPSRC and Chair of EPSRC Societal Issues Panel


BACON, David John

Professor of Materials Science, University of Liverpool

BOLTON, Malcolm David

Professor of Soil Mechanics and Head of the Geotechnical and Environmental Group, University of Cambridge

BRANDON, Nigel Peter

Chief Scientist, Ceres Power and Shell Professor of Sustainable Development in Energy, Imperial College London


Professor of Automated Reasoning, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

CARR, Michael Douglas

Chief Science Officer, BT plc

CLEEVELY, David Douglas

Industrial Fellow, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory

CLYNE, Trevor William

Professor of Mechanics of Materials and Director of Gordon Laboratory, Cambridge University


Director, Arup International Development, Arup Group

DAVIES, Charles William

Chief Technical Officer, Symbian plc

FLECK, Norman Andrew

Professor of Engineering, Director of Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics; Head of Mechanics, Materials and Design, Engineering Department, Cambridge University


Chief of Thermo Fluids Systems Engineering and Engineering Fellow, Turbo Machinery

Aerodynamics, Rolls-Royce plc

GOULETTE, Michael James

Executive Vice President Engineering and Technology - Operations, Rolls-Royce Group

GRAINGER, Philip Stanley

Technical Director and Chief Technologist, GKN Aerostructures

GRATTAN, Kenneth Thomas Victor

Professor of Measurement and Instrumentation and Deputy Dean, City University, London

GRAY, Iain Gilmour

Chief Executive, Technology Strategy Board, Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR)

HONEYMAN, Graham Aubrey

Chief Executive, Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd


Group Engineering Director, BAE Systems Air Systems


Design Authority and Engineering Director, BAE Systems Submarine Solutions

JACK, Alan Galloway

Professor of Electrical Engineering, The University of Newcastle


Executive Vice-President Gas and Projects, Shell Global Solutions; Director, Woodside Energy Limited

KRAMER, Jeffrey

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London

LEE, Joseph Hun-Wei

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Redmond Chair of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

LEVERTON, Timothy Andrew

Group Engineering Director, JCB


Executive Director, UK Energy Research Centre

LYNCH, Michael

Chief Executive Officer, Autonomy Corporation plc

McEWAN, Ian Kenneth

Founder, Brinker Technology; Reader, Aberdeen University

McGEOUGH, Joseph Anthony

Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow, School of Engineering and Electronics, University of Edinburgh

NOBLE, Julia Alison

Professor of Engineering Science and Director, Wolfson Medical Vision Laboratory, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

OWENS, David Howard

Professor of Control Systems Engineering and Head of Department of Automatic Control Systems, University of Sheffield

PADFIELD, Gareth Davies

Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Head of Department of Engineering, University of Liverpool

PAYNE, Stephen Michael

Vice President, Chief Naval Architect, Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, Southampton

PRICE, Peter David

Director of Engineering and Technology, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce plc


Chief Technology Officer, Transitive Corporation Ltd

RICKELL, Robert Andrew

Global Engineering Director, GKN Driveline Driveshafts


Founder and Chairman, Excelsym

SILVA, Sembukuttiarachilage Ravi Pradip

Director, Advanced Technology Institute and Nano-Electronics Centre, University of Surrey

SPURGEON, Sarah Katherine

Professor of Engineering and Head of Department of Engineering, University of Leicester


Professor of Biochemical Engineering, University College London

TOPHAM, Nigel Peter

Professor of Computer Systems, University of Edinburgh

TOUMAZOU, Christofer

Director and Chief Scientist, Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Winston Wong Chair in Biomedical Circuits, Imperial College London


Professor of Electronic Displays, University of Edinburgh; Chief Scientific Advisor, MicroEmissive Displays Ltd, Edinburgh

VAN SOMEREN, Nicholas Benedict

Co-founder of ANT plc and nCipher plc

WIESNER, Christoph Stefan

Director, Research and Technology, TWI


Professor of Engineering Science and Fellow of Hertford College, University of Oxford


DEWEY, Clarence Forbes

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Member of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard and MIT

DURST, Franz Josef

Managing Director, FMP Technology GmbH


Slater Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of Centre for Water Research, University of Western Australia

MUKHERJEE, Tridibesh

Group Director (Technology and Integration), Tata Steel Group

SEO, Jung Uck

Chairman of the Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea; President Emeritus, Institute of Electronics Engineers of Korea; Chair Professor, Sunchon National University, Korea; Chairman, e-Trade Facilitation Committee, Korea

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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