New Fellows 2016 - individual profiles

The Royal Academy of Engineering is proud to welcome 50 of the UK’s finest engineers as new Fellows following its 40th annual general meeting.

Renowned engineers from across the country are elected to the Academy in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession. The 2016 list also includes two International Fellows, recognised for their significant contributions to engineering outside the UK.

The Academy is also pleased to welcome Thomas Heatherwick CBE RDI as an Honorary Fellow. As the founder of Heatherwick Studio, Thomas’ unique designs are recognised the world over – from the iconic cauldron of the 2012 London Olympic Games to the Routemaster-inspired New Bus for London, in addition to acclaimed buildings in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and beyond that have made creative use of materials to combine engineering, architecture and sculpture.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “For 40 years the Academy has gathered the wisdom, ingenuity and expertise of the nation’s finest engineers to advance and promote excellence in the profession. I am delighted to welcome to our Fellowship 50 more of today’s very best engineering minds. From life-changing equipment revolutionising our hospitals to new tools that are enabling high-tech businesses to flourish, their work has delivered great value to society. We are very much looking forward to working with all our new Fellows as we continue to make the UK a leading nation for engineering innovation.”

The first meeting of the Fellowship of Engineering took place on 11 June 1976, when 130 leading engineers of the day including jet engine visionary Sir Frank Whittle, design guru Sir Ove Arup, and father of the UK computer industry Sir Maurice Wilkes were invited to Buckingham Palace by Senior Fellow HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Leading engineers have been elected to the Fellowship – later to become the Royal Academy of Engineering – every year since, and it now consists of around 1,500 engineers from across engineering disciplines in both industry and academia.

The full list of new Fellows for 2016 is as follows:


  • Richard Barber FREng
    Group Head of Engineering, MMD
  • Dr Alan Belfield FREng
    Group Board Director, Arup Group
  • Professor Andrew Bell FREng
    Chair in Electronic Materials, University of Leeds
  • Jane Butler FREng
    Vice-Dean (Enterprise), Faculty of Engineering, University College London (UCL)
  • Gavin Campbell FREng
    Director (Engineering and Technology Development), Bombardier
  • Andrew Carlick FREng
    Chief Executive Officer, DBD Group Holdings
  • Professor Richard Clegg FREng
    Managing Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation
  • Graham Dalton FREng
    Independent Consultant
  • Professor Alexander Davies FREng
    Professor of Electronic and Photonic Engineering and Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Steven Dearden FREng
    President, Nuclear Submarines, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Chris Dulake FREng
    Major Projects Portfolio Director, Mott MacDonald
  • Professor Ahmed Elghazouli FREng
    Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of Structures Section, Imperial College London
  • Professor Mojtaba Ghadiri FREng
    Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Anthony Graham FREng
    Chairman, UK Naval Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Professor Sarah Hainsworth FREng
    Professor of Materials and Forensic Engineering, University of Leicester
  • Antony Harper FREng
    Head of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Sir David Higgins FREng
    Non-Executive Chair, High Speed Two (HS2)
  • Professor Sri Hinduja FREng
    Professor of Manufacturing Technology, University of Manchester
  • Professor David Howard FREng
    Professor of Electronic Engineering and Founding Head of Department, Department of Electronic Engineering, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Professor Ron Hui FREng
    Chair in Power Electronics, The University of Hong Kong and Imperial College London
  • Professor David Hutchins FREng
    Professor of Engineering, University of Warwick
  • Professor William Jones FREng
    Professor of Combustion and Deputy Head of Thermofluids Division, Imperial College London
  • Robert Keiller FREng
    Chair, Scottish Enterprise
  • Simon Knight FREng
    Naval Engineering Director, Babcock International
  • Dr Barbara Lane FREng
    Fellow of Fire Engineering, Technology Group leader, Arup; Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Gary J Lye FREng
    Professor and Head of Department of Biochemical Engineering, University College London
  • Thomas McMichael FREng
    Former Engineering Director (Combat Air), BAE Systems Military Air and Information, BAE Systems
  • Dr Paul Miller FREng
    Secretary (voluntary), Douglas Bomford Trust; Director, Silsoe Spray Applications Unit Ltd
  • Professor Toby Mottram FREng
    Douglas Bomford Trust Chair in Agricultural Mechanisation; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow, Royal Agricultural University
  • Alan Newby FREng
    Director Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Professor Bucur-Mircea Novac FREng
    Professor of Pulsed Power, Loughborough University
  • Professor Paul O’Brien CBE FREng
    Professor of Inorganic Materials, University of Manchester
  • Dr Peter O’Hearn FREng
    Engineering Manager, Facebook; Professor of Computer Science, University College London
  • Roderick Rainey FREng
    Head of Technology (Floating Structures), Atkins (Oil and Gas)
  • Professor Mark Rainforth FREng
    Professor of Materials Science, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Mark Raiss FREng
    Engineering Director, Civil Infrastructure, EMIA, AECOM
  • Dr David Rugg FREng
    Engineering Senior Fellow, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Professor Mark Sandler FREng
    Professor of Signal Processing, Queen Mary University of London
  • Catriona Schmolke FREng
    Senior Vice President, Jacobs
  • Rakesh Sharma FREng
    Chief Executive, Ultra Electronics Holdings plc
  • Professor Ian Smith FREng
    Professor of Applied Thermodynamics and Director of the Centre for Positive Displacement Compressor Technology, City University London
  • Michael Tuke FREng
    Founder and Chairman, MatOrtho Ltd
  • Gavin Twidale FREng
    Chief Engineer, Land (UK), BAE Systems
  • Professor Robert Wood FREng
    Associate Dean of Research, and Director of nCATs, University of Southampton
  • Professor Philip Woodland FREng
    Professor of Information Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Sir Hossein Yassaie FREng
    Tech Entrepreneur and Investor
  • Air Marshal Julian Young CB OBE FREng
    Chief of Materiel (Air), Defence Equipment and Support, Ministry of Defence
  • Professor Zi-Qiang Zhu FREng
    Royal Academy of Engineering/Siemens Research Chair and Head of the Electrical Machines and Drives Research, University of Sheffield

International Fellows

  • Professor Charbel Farhat FREng
    Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures, and Chair, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • Dr Dinesh Verma FREng
    IBM Fellow, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center

Honorary Fellows

  • Thomas Heatherwick CBE RDI HonFREng
    Founder, Heatherwick Studio
  • Dr Peter Jost CBE HonFREng
    President, International Tribology Council and World Tribology Congress

    Dr Jost was elected as an Honorary Fellow but sadly passed away before he could formally take up his Fellowship.

Notes for editors

  • 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:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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