Researchers elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering


Professors Holger Babinsky, Andrea Ferrari, Rob Miller and Rachel Oliver were elected in this year’s class, which consists of 60 fellows, four international fellows and five honorary fellows, each having made outstanding contributions to their sector in their own way. , as leaders of innovation, inspiring role models or remarkable achievements in business or academia.

Professor Holger Babinsky is Professor of Aerodynamics in the Department of Engineering and a Fellow of Magdalene College. He conducts research in fundamental and applied aerodynamics with applications to aeronautics, road vehicles and power generation.

“I am delighted to receive this remarkable honor and feel very fortunate to be recognized by my peers for doing something that I love,” Babinsky said. “I am also very grateful to the University, the Engineering Department and all of my colleagues and students for providing the environment and support that allowed me to grow as a researcher and educator. “

Professor Andrea Ferrari is Professor of Nanotechnology in the Engineering Department. He is director of Cambridge Graphene Center and the EPSRC Center for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology, and Fellow of Pembroke College.

“The Cambridge Graphene Center enables our partners to meet and effectively establish joint industrial and academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with a focus on applications,” said Ferrari. “It is often at the interface between academia and industry that the new challenges of fundamental research are generated. I am pleased that the Royal Academy of Engineering has recognized the translational potential of our work and see this as further encouragement to develop state-of-the-art facilities that will lead to world-class research, technology and innovation.

Professor Rob Miller is professor of aerothermal technology in the engineering department. He is director of Whittle Laboratory and fellow of Gonville and Caius College. Much of the Whittle Laboratory’s research is focused on solving one of the biggest puzzles in technology: how to achieve zero carbon flight.

“I am deeply grateful to all of the colleagues and students I have worked with, especially at the Whittle Laboratory and Rolls-Royce, without whose support this would not have been possible,” Miller said. “Throughout my career, I have benefited from close collaboration with the industry. I believe it is only through these partnerships, between industry and academia, that engineers can tackle society’s greatest challenge, climate change.

Professor Rachel Oliver is Professor of Materials Science in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Director of the Cambridge Center for Gallium Nitride and fellow of Robinson College. When it doesn’t make atomic-scale changes to create ultra-efficient light bulbs and reduce carbon emissions, it aims to help improve equality and diversity in science.

“It’s fantastic that the Academy is engaging in everything from nanoscale materials engineering, which is my focus, to the much larger scale of wind turbines and jet engines,” Oliver said. “All of these varied aspects of engineering are extremely important to sustainability, which is currently one of the Academy’s top priorities. I also look forward to having the opportunity to participate in the Academy’s work to increase equity in the engineering profession, as I am passionate about making fascinating and rewarding engineering careers accessible to the greatest. possible number of talented people.

This year’s new fellows are the first to mirror the Academy’s Fellowship Fit for the Future initiative announced in July 2020, to generate more outstanding engineering nominations from under-represented groups ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2026. This initiative will see the Academy strive to increase its representation. women, disabled and LGBTQ + engineers, people from ethnic minorities, non-traditional education pathways and emerging industries, and those who achieved excellence at an earlier than normal career stage.

These new Fellows will be admitted to the Academy, which includes nearly 1,700 renowned engineers, at its AGM on September 22. By joining the Fellowship, they will add their capabilities to the Academy’s mission of creating a sustainable society and an inclusive economy for all.

Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “Our Fellows represent the best of the best in the world of engineering, and we welcome these 69 excellent and talented professionals to our business community. , entrepreneurs, innovators and academics. .

“This year’s new Fellows are the most diverse group elected in the history of our institution. The engineering profession has long suffered from a lack of diversity and the Academy is committed to changing that, including making sure our own Fellowship community is as inclusive as possible. It is well established that various organizations tend to be more agile and innovative, and as the UK’s National Academy of Engineering and Technology, we have a responsibility to reflect the society we serve by addressing the common challenges of our to come up.

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