Professor Dame Ann Dowling (Doctor of Science)

Wednesday 13 July, 3pm

Ann Dowling is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering from 2009 to 2014 and ran the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls Royce from 2001 to 2014.   Her research is on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, especially aircraft and cars.  She originally studied Mathematics at Girton College Cambridge, followed by a PhD in Engineering.  She was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge in 1978. She has held visiting posts at MIT (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor 1999 –2000) and at Caltech (Gordon Moore Distinguished Scholar 2001- 2002).    She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences.  She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers.  She is also a non-executive director of BP plc and a non-executive member of the Board of the UK government’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and chaired the Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering Panel in the REF2014.  In 2015 she chaired a review for BIS on business-university research collaborations.  She was appointed CBE in 2002 for services to Mechanical Engineering, DBE in 2007 for services to Science and appointed to the Order of Merit by the Queen in December 2015.

Press comment

“I am delighted and very, very honoured to receive this recognition from such a prestigious and highly regarded university.  I very much look forward to sharing this special occasion with students who will be graduating on the same day.”

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