Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, has been elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of her contributions to mechanical and aeronautical engineering and the promotion of China-UK engineering collaborations. 

CAE members, known as “academicians”, hold the highest national academic title in the field of engineering in China, with members having made significant and creative achievements and contributions in the fields of engineering and technological sciences.

Dame Ann said: “I am deeply honoured to have been elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering. It is a great privilege to have been selected by my peers in China and I look forward to working alongside them to promote the development of engineering and highlight the importance of international collaboration.”

A world authority on combustion and acoustics, Dame Ann is also a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. After working at Rolls-Royce Bristol, she was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Cambridge in 1979, and has held visiting research posts at MIT in 1999 and Caltech in 2001. She was Head of the Department of Engineering at Cambridge from 2009 to 2014.

Dame Ann was one of 18 foreign members elected to the CAE this year, alongside Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Leo Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bringing the total number of foreign members to 66.

The number of foreign academicians elected this year is the highest ever, signalling a desire to boost international cooperation and build China's reputation worldwide.

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  1. 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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