Professor Dame Ann Dowling

at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

President, Royal Academy of Engineering

Ann Dowling is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She has an Honorary Doctorates from Trinity College Dublin, Imperial College London, the University of Kent and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Ann has served on a number industry and government advisory committees. She is a non-executive director of BP plc and non-executive member of the board of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is currently Chair of Main Panel B: Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Professor Dowling was Head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14 and led the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce 2001-14. She has held visiting posts at MIT (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor, 1999) and at Caltech (Moore Distinguished Scholar 2001).

She was appointed CBE by the Queen for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002, and DBE for services to Science in 2007.

Professor Dowling's research is primarily in the fields of combustion, acoustics and vibration and is aimed at low-emission combustion and quiet vehicles. She is one of the founders of the Energy Efficient Cities initiative in Cambridge and was the UK lead of the Silent Aircraft Initiative, a collaboration between researchers at Cambridge and MIT.

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