Dr Alison Cooke

Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment Programme Manager at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Programme Manager, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Alison is a two-fold graduate of Cambridge, having studied both her BA and PhD in Engineering at Murray Edwards college. Her PhD thesis was on ‘The Aerodynamics and Mechanics of Shuttlecocks’.

Alison’s engineering experience, which spans over 25 years, has been both varied and extreme: from living “in” the North Sea working as an offshore engineer with BP Exploration; to developing competitive manufacturing strategies with senior industrialists as RTZ Industrial Fellow based from Cambridge University Engineering Department. She has managed over 120 collaborative projects with industry, including sports engineering product development with the US Tennis Association and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Previous professional roles have included being an industrial mentor of graduate engineers for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, lecturing in engineering design, manufacture and management, and technical writing for a large number of research publications. Alison also held responsibility for instigating and leading Cambridge University Engineering Department’s first industrial tour to Taiwan and Hong Kong.

In May 2008 Alison was made a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is currently the Chair of the Institution’s Steering Group on Future Climate project, which feeds into the Copenhagen summit at the end 2009.

Currently Dr Cooke is EEBE Programme Manager, leading a multidisciplinary team of researchers in close collaboration with other researchers across the university who are undertaking research of relevance to energy efficiency in the built environment.

  • 31 October 2011, 5pm

    The first chief scientific adviser in the foreign office

    The first Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs was appointed in 1782. It took another 227 years for the Foreign Office to appoint its first Chief Scientific Adviser. We are delighted that CSaP's sixth Distinguished Lecture will be given by the first holder of this historic post, Professor David Clary FRS.

  • 28 April 2011

    Science on the Inside

    A joint event between CSaP and GO Science which will bring together scientists and policy professionals to explore the increasing impact of science on policy from the perspective of practitioners.