University of Leicester engineering Professor honoured

Posted by ap507 at Sep 09, 2016 12:59 PM |
Royal Academy of Engineering elects top engineers as Fellows at its 40th anniversary AGM

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 9 September 2016

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The new Head of the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering is one of 50 of the UK’s finest engineers to be elected as new Fellows to the Royal Academy of Engineering on the day of its 40th annual general meeting.

Among the new Fellows to be elected is Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Professor of Materials and Forensic Engineering at Leicester. Renowned engineers from across the country are elected to the Academy in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession. The 2016 list also includes two International Fellows, recognised for their significant contributions to engineering outside the UK.

As well as leading the University’s Department of Engineering, Professor Hainsworth is Director of the Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC) based at the MIRA Technology Park. Her research has included measuring the mechanical properties of small volumes of material, studying the forces involved in stabbing, characterising tool marks in injury and dismemberment and the use of cutting-edge vibration techniques in the measurement and analysis of structures and materials.

Professor Hainsworth said: “I am absolutely delighted that my work has been recognised in this way.  I am incredibly honoured to be joining the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship.  I am also grateful to the many colleagues with whom I have worked both at Leicester and elsewhere over the course of my career for contributing to stimulating, exciting and rewarding research in the different areas I have worked.”

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “For 40 years the Academy has gathered the wisdom, ingenuity and expertise of the nation’s finest engineers to advance and promote excellence in the profession. I am delighted to welcome to our Fellowship 50 more of today’s very best engineering minds. From life-changing equipment revolutionising our hospitals to new tools that are enabling high-tech businesses to flourish, their work has delivered great value to society. We are very much looking forward to working with all our new Fellows as we continue to make the UK a leading nation for engineering innovation.”

The first meeting of the Fellowship of Engineering took place on 11 June 1976, when 130 leading engineers of the day including jet engine visionary Sir Frank Whittle, design guru Sir Ove Arup, and father of the UK computer industry Sir Maurice Wilkes were invited to Buckingham Palace by Senior Fellow HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Leading engineers have been elected to the Fellowship – later to become the Royal Academy of Engineering – every year since, and it now consists of around 1,500 engineers from across engineering disciplines in both industry and academia.


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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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