The Royal Academy of Engineering is delighted by today’s announcement that two of its Fellows are to join the House of Lords as new non-party-political peers selected by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

Professor Dame Julia King FREng and Professor Robert Mair FREng FRS are two of just four individuals to be ennobled following the announcement by the House of Lords Appointment Commission today.

Professor Dame Julia King FREng has spent her working life in Engineering and Academia, in a range of highly influential roles. After 16 years as an academic researcher and university lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities, she joined Rolls-Royce plc in 1994. At Rolls-Royce she held a number of senior executive appointments, including Director of Advanced Engineering for the Industrial Power Group, Managing Director of the Fan Systems Business, and Engineering Director for the Marine Business. In 2002 she became Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, and in 2004 she returned to academia as Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London. She has been Vice-Chancellor of Aston University since 2006. Professor Dame Julia has been involved, as Chair or delegate, in numerous advisory groups, boards and committees in the fields of engineering, technology, energy and education (including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Committee on Climate Change and the Cabinet Office National Security Forum). She has lectured and published widely, and has won numerous awards and distinctions for her work.

Professor Robert Mair FREng FRS is a world-renowned civil engineer with extensive practical and academic experience. A Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, he is Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge University and was Master of Jesus College from 2001 to 2011. Earlier in his career, he spent almost 30 years in industry and founded the Geotechnical Consulting Group. At Cambridge he heads a major research group and recently established the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, funded by both government and industry, which is pioneering the innovative use of the latest sensor technology in construction. Specialising principally in tunnels and underground construction, he is known for the introduction of new techniques and has been closely involved on a number of high-profile engineering projects including the Jubilee Line Extension and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now HS1) in the UK. He is a member of the Engineering Expert Panel on Crossrail, currently Europe’s largest civil engineering project. In 2012 he chaired the joint Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering report on shale gas extraction, commissioned by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser. He is Chairman of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Transport, Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and engineering adviser to the Laing O’Rourke Group.

Professor Dame Julia, elected as a Fellow in 1997, served as a vice president and chair of the Academy’s education committee. Professor Mair, who served as senior vice president of the Academy, was elected as a Fellow in 1992.

Notes for Editors

  1. Full details of the announcement can be found at the House of Lords Appointments Commission website:
    Four New Non-Party-Political Peers and Commission Report 2013-15
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

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Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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Aaron Boardley