Hat-trick of engineering celebrations as Prince Philip House reopens

Hat-trick of engineering celebrations as Prince Philip House reopens
Hat-trick of engineering celebrations as
Prince Philip House reopens
      he reopening of the full facilities of Prince Philip House             for the creation of digital imaging sensors were awarded the
      and the Enterprise Hub’s new Taylor Centre has seen the                £1 million prize, which celebrates global engineering innovations.
      Academy’s home on Carlton House Terrace play host to a                 The announcement was made by Lord Browne of Madingley
series of celebratory events in the first few months of 2017. The            FREng FRS, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal.
official opening of the Taylor Centre, the announcement of the
winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) and           The winners, Professor Eric Fossum and Dr George Smith
Fellows’ Day saw the building filled with Fellows, entrepreneurs,            from the USA, Professor Nobukazu Teranishi from Japan, and
guests and media as the new year got off to a flying start.                  Dr Michael Tompsett from the UK, were awarded the prize for their
                                                                             contribution to revolutionising the way that visual information is
The Taylor Centre is the new physical home of the Enterprise Hub,            captured and analysed. Together, their innovations have made
and was officially opened by Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE               an astounding social impact on the world: digital imaging sensors
FREng FRS on 9 February. The centre will help transform the UK’s             have enabled high-speed, low-cost colour imaging at a resolution
best and brightest engineering and technology entrepreneurs into             and sensitivity that can exceed that of the human eye. (Find out
the business leaders of tomorrow by providing a new, inspiring set           more about the winners on page 3).
of spaces for networking, generating ideas and developing skills.
                                                                             Reflecting on the winning technologies, Professor Sir Christopher
At the launch event, over 200 guests heard Shirin Dehghan,                   Snowden FREng FRS, Chair of Judges for the QEPrize, said:
founder of telecoms company Arieso, give a keynote speech on                 “A picture is a universal form of communication. It can be shared
the importance of building the capabilities of the next generation           instantly with anyone around the world, no matter what language
of technology entrepreneurs. Guests also had the opportunity to              they speak.”
meet some of the Hub entrepreneurs and take a closer look at the
groundbreaking technologies they are developing.                             All of the events that have taken place in the newly reopened
                                                                             Prince Philip House have been supported by the Academy’s
On Fellows’ Day, some 160 Fellows and their partners visited                 catering partner, Harbour & Jones. The redevelopment work
the Academy to view the new Taylor Centre, learn about recent                has also included complete refurbishment of the Academy’s
Academy activities, and meet Trustees and Academy staff.                     catering facilities, as well as an additional lift and a new corridor
                                                                             at mezzanine level. The Taylor Centre was made possible by a
The event was also an opportunity for Fellows to talk to staff and           generous donation from distinguished inventor and entrepreneur
other Fellows about how to get involved in leading and shaping               Dr John C Taylor OBE FREng, as well as the support of the late
Academy work, including policy, international activities and                 Geoffrey Argent FREng and the Wolfson Foundation, and the
research. The ground floor of Prince Philip House and the Taylor             kind donation of equipment for the new space from Toshiba UK.
Centre were filled with displays, with Academy departments                   The Royal Academy of Engineering is grateful to them all for their
showcasing their latest activities. Hub members also exhibited               contribution and support.
their innovations: Comp-A-Tent showcased a compostable tent,
and Mo-Sys Engineering allowed guests to enjoy a virtual-reality
                                                                                 The Enterprise Hub’s new physical home, the Taylor Centre, was
On 1 February, the Academy hosted the announcement of the                    officially opened on 9 February. The Taylor Centre offers Hub members
2017 QEPrize winners. The four engineers who were responsible                a state‑of‑the‑art space to work and network

                                                    President’s column   2                                 New Year’s Honours      11
                                                    People and talent    3                                 News of Fellows    11

Spring 2017
                                                    Innovation and entrepreneurship       6                Obituaries   12
                                                    Technology and society       8
                                                    Academy roundup      10

Hat-trick of engineering celebrations as Prince Philip House reopens
President's                                     We have had a busy start to 2017 at           optimistic about our contribution making

                                                the Academy, with the full facilities of      a difference is the willingness of the
                                                Prince Philip House reopening following       Department for Business, Energy and
                                                the development of our terrific new           Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to work with us.
                                                Taylor Centre.                                To that end, over the last couple of months
                                                                                              I have met a number of government
                                                These state-of-the-art facilities have been
                                                                                              ministers and officials to communicate our
                                                created to provide a new physical home
                                                                                              eagerness to contribute, including Greg
                                                for the Enterprise Hub, its members and
                                                                                              Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business,
                                                mentors. It recognises how important it
                                                                                              Energy and Industrial Strategy, Lord Prior,
                                                is for entrepreneurs to get together to
                                                                                              Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
                                                collaborate, share ideas and advice, and
                                                                                              at BEIS, and Alex Chisholm, Permanent
                                                meet Academy Fellows and is designed
                                                                                              Secretary in the same department.
                                                to help facilitate this. I was honoured to
                                                cut the ribbon at the official launch event   I also spoke on the topic of Industrial
                                                on 9 February and to welcome the many         strategy: the role for science and
                                                Fellows, entrepreneurs, investors and         innovation at the annual reception of
                                                supporters who attended it.                   the Parliamentary Office of Science
                                                                                              and Technology (POST) on 26 January.
                                                I was also delighted to welcome Fellows to
                                                                                              The event, which attracted an audience
                                                the newly refurbished Academy on Fellows’
                                                                                              of parliamentarians and leaders from
                                                day on 30 January. It was wonderful to see
                                                                                              research and industry, prompted plenty of
                                                so many of you, hearing more about the
                                                                                              discussion about the industrial strategy
                                                latest work of the Academy, meeting some
                                                                                              Green Paper published just three days
                                                of the excellent people who we support,
                                                                                              beforehand. A wide variety of views was
Meetings and visitors                           and celebrating your own contributions. I
                                                                                              heard on topics including how best to
                                                am always impressed and humbled by the
In her capacity as President, Dame Ann                                                        commercialise ideas from research and how
has met with:                                   amount of time and expertise that Fellows
                                                                                              to get young people interested in STEM.
                                                give to our Academy: the organisation’s
Sinead Lynch, Chair of Shell UK                                                               Working with government to provide advice
                                                reputation is founded on this.
Professor Tim Broyd FREng, President of the                                                   on issues that affect or should be informed
  Institution of Civil Engineers                Partnership working with Fellows was also     by engineering is one of the ways in which
Professor Jeremy Watson CBE FREng,              at the heart of a very productive day spent   the Academy can truly lead the profession,
  President of the Institution of Engineering   by the Academy’s Trustees and senior          a critical partnership that we will continue
  and Technology                                leadership team on 16 February, discussing    to foster.
Vincent de Rivaz CBE FREng, CEO of              the Academy’s strategy, priorities and
  EDF Energy                                                                                  Arguably one of the greatest testaments
                                                future areas for development. Between
Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary                                                         to the power of combined effort and
                                                us, we debated and deliberated what
  Under Secretary of State for Business,                                                      collaboration so far this year is the award
                                                needs to be done to achieve the Academy’s
  Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)                                                       of the QEPrize to four engineers who
                                                ambitious strategic goals – and we are now
The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of                                                        transformed digital imaging. Like the first
  State for BEIS
                                                shaping those ideas that we hope to begin
                                                                                              winners of the prize, whose combined
                                                sharing soon.
Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for BEIS                                                   contributions built the architecture of
She attended the following events and           We are collaborating again across the         the internet and the World Wide Web, the
 meetings:                                      profession to respond to the government’s     discoveries and innovations of this year’s
High-level stakeholder working group            Green Paper on industrial strategy.           winners have, in combination, transformed
 meetings on EU Exit: Universities,             This follows the publication of our           the way we live in the 21st century. Their
 Research and Innovation chaired by             post‑referendum report Engineering a          innovations: the charge-coupled device
 Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for           future outside the EU, which was the          (CCD); the pinned photodiode (PPD)
 Universities, Science, Research and            product of unprecedented collaboration        and the complementary metal oxide
                                                across the professional engineering           semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor,
Science, Innovation and the UK Industrial       institutions (PEIs). This continues to        span three decades and three continents,
 Strategy POST panel discussion
                                                be very well received at all levels of        with many and diverse applications, from
Fellows’ Day
                                                government and our discussions with           Skyping and selfies, to frontline war
Professional engineering institutions’          ministers and senior officials are ongoing    reporting and medical diagnostics.
                                                to ensure that the engineering imperatives
QEPrize winners announcement                                                                  Engineering has teamwork at its heart
                                                are understood by those developing our
QEPrize judges’ dinner                                                                        and engineering innovations are rarely the
                                                negotiating positions. In January, I hosted
New Fellows’ lunch                                                                            product of a single individual or effort. The
                                                a reception for the Presidents and Chief
Taylor Centre launch                                                                          same is true of the work of the Academy;
                                                Executives of the PEIs where there was
                                                                                              collaboration underpins everything
Trustee Board strategy awayday                  a clear appetite for more joint working,
                                                                                              we do. With 2017 off to a flying start, I
Excellence Fund for Frontier Research panel     particularly on areas of policy where our
                                                                                              look forward to the many partnerships
Delivered the Sir Bernard Crossland Annual      combined voices will have a greater impact
                                                                                              and collaborations the rest of the year
 Lecture at Queen’s University Belfast          than a single organisation’s.
                                                                                              will bring.
QEPrize Trustee Board meeting
                                                Industrial strategy is clearly one of those
Lord Mayor’s Trade and Industry Dinner
                                                areas, and presents us with a huge
She was interviewed by:                         opportunity to shape the future of our
Good Housekeeping magazine                      profession. What makes me particularly

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People and talent

Meet the QEPrize winners                                           The revolution began in the 1970s with the development of the
                                                                   charge coupled device (CCD) by Dr Smith and its later application
The 2017 QEPrize was awarded to the four creators of digital       in imaging by Dr Tompsett. The CCD is the image sensor inside
imaging sensors: Professor Eric Fossum, Dr George Smith,           early digital cameras, converting light into electrical signals
Professor Nobukazu Teranishi and Dr Michael Tompsett.              and enabling images to be stored as digital data. The following
Together, their image sensor technology has transformed            decade, Professor Teranishi invented the pinned photodiode,
medical treatments, science, personal communication and            reducing the size of light‑capturing ‘pixels’ and significantly
entertainment, and is used in everything from smartphone           improving image quality. The development of the complementary
cameras to image sensors in cars.                                  metal oxide semiconductor sensor by Professor Fossum in 1992
                                                                   then allowed cameras to be made smaller, more cheaply and with
Digital imaging sensors have enabled high-speed, low-cost colour   a better battery life.
imaging at a resolution and sensitivity that can exceed that of
                                                                       (L) Dr Michael Tompsett, Professor Eric Fossum and Professor Nobukazu
the human eye. They offer instant access to images ranging from    Teranishi at the announcement in London on 1 February; and fourth winner
minute cell structures to galaxies billions of light years away.   Dr George Smith (R)

Fellows’ Day

  (L) Guests at Fellows’ Day on 30 January, where displays and demonstrations throughout the building gave Fellows an
opportunity to learn about recent Academy activities; (R) Dr Andrew Charles FREng and Kathleen Charles try a virtual reality
experience, created by Enterprise Hub member Mo-Sys Engineering.

SME Leaders programme                       workshops, mentoring from Academy                 CyberOwl (Warwickshire), Dulas (Wales),
                                            Fellows and access to the Taylor Centre,          Lein Applied Diagnostics (Berkshire),
On 18 January, the Enterprise Hub held a    home of the Enterprise Hub.                       Onlicar (London), Oxford Space Systems
speed mentoring day for the awardees                                                          (Oxfordshire), Senergy Innovation
                                            The event was led by Norman Apsley CBE
of a new programme to build leadership                                                        (Northern Ireland), REACT Engineering
                                            FREng, Chair of the programme’s steering
capacity in innovative engineering SMEs.                                                      (Cumbria), and Spiro Control Systems
                                            group. Mentors on the day included Fellows
                                            who are senior business leaders, serial
The SME Leaders programme provides
                                            entrepreneurs and investors.
each awardee with a grant of up to                                                            To find out more about the programme,
£15,000 towards education and leadership    The SME leaders on the programme are              please visit www.raeng.org.uk/SME-
development, plus a six-month support       from 10 companies: Bodle Technologies             Leaders or email catherine.lawrence@
package comprising practical monthly        (Oxfordshire), BOXXARR (Berkshire),               raeng.org.uk

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Hidden Figures STEM event

  (L-R) Elspeth Finch, Chair of the Enterprise Hub’s Innovators’ Network, Anita Bernie, Platform Launch Director at Surrey Satellite
Technology Ltd, Hazel Macnamara, partner at PwC, Panel Chair Ginny Buckley, Professor Karen Holford FREng and TV presenter
Rachel Riley were all Q&A panel members at the Manchester United Foundation’s screening of Hidden Figures on 26 January,
which aimed to inspire young women interested in STEM. The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of three African American
women – two mathematicians and an engineer – who played instrumental roles at NASA during the space race of the 1960s.

Video series launched to
inspire LGBT engineers
On 2 February, the Academy joined
forces with InterEngineering and Mott
MacDonald to launch a new series of
online videos profiling lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
engineers as part of LGBT History Month.

The What’s it like? video series tells real
stories to inspire prospective engineers
who are LGBT, as well as existing
engineers who may wish to come out
or transition at work. It features 20
successful LGBT role models working in a
wide variety of engineering settings, from LGBT History Month is celebrated in
design studios to the British Army.         February in the UK and aims to increase
                                            the visibility of LGBT people and their
An audience of over 150 people, from a      experiences, and to raise awareness of
wide range of employers, institutions       matters affecting the LGBT community.
and other organisations, attended the
launch event at Prince Philip House. They The video profiles can be viewed at www.
were able to watch the videos and listen    interengineeringlgbt.com/lgbt-in-
to personal reflections from Dr Mark        engineering-video-profiles
McBride-Wright, Chair and co-founder
of InterEngineering; Lord Browne of
Madingley FREng FRS; Mike Haigh,
Managing Director of Mott MacDonald;           Top: Attendees at the LGBT video launch event
and Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Deputy CEO and      on 2 February. Right: Lord Browne of Madingley
Director of Strategy at the Academy.        speaks at the event

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Enterprise Fellowships
The Academy has awarded the latest
round of Enterprise Fellowships to
12 engineering entrepreneurs.

The new awardees will join the
61 existing Enterprise Hub members,
who have between them so far raised
a combined £30 million in additional
funding for their start-ups.

The awardees cover a broad range of
innovations: a hard‑wearing antibacterial
coating that can be applied to surfaces
to reduce the spread of germs in public
areas; a heart valve delivery system that
reduces the need for open-heart surgery;
window panes that turn opaque at the
flick of a switch; and improved audio
systems for sports stadiums to make         impact from university research, and         and mentors can be found on the Hub
audiences feel part of the action.          act as role models for others, growing       website. If any Fellow would like to
                                            the entrepreneurial network in their         support any of the awardees, please
The award provides recipients with up       universities.                                contact the Hub team at
to £60,000 funding, as well as business                                                  enterprise@raeng.org.uk
training, PR support, access to the         With lifetime membership to the
home of the Hub, the Taylor Centre, and     Enterprise Hub, the 2017 cohort will be          Enterprise Hub member Dr Alexander Enoch
                                                                                         of Robotical demonstrates Marty the robot at the
mentoring from a Fellow. The ultimate       among the first to make use of the new
                                                                                         launch of the Taylor Centre on 9 February. Awarded
aim is to improve the skills of the         Taylor Centre (see page 1).                  an Enterprise Fellowship in 2016, Robotical
recipients, so that they can repeat their                                                develops 3D-printable robots that are used to help
success in new ventures, generate more      Details and case studies of Hub members      children learn how to code

Diversity and Inclusion
Progression Framework
On 15 December, the Diversity and
Inclusion Progression Framework was
launched at a joint event held by the
Academy and the Science Council at the
Institution of Civil Engineers in London.
The event brought together some 80
senior representatives from engineering
bodies and institutions.

Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive of the
Science Council and Philip Greenish
CBE, Chief Executive of the Academy,        Fatimilehin, the Academy’s Head of           It builds on the Academy’s Engineering
spoke about their organisations’            Diversity, Hannah Kowsun, Director of        Diversity Concordat and the Science
experience of leading diversity and         Marketing and Communications at the          Council’s Declaration on Diversity, Equality
inclusion in science and engineering.       Science Council, Scott Keir, Head of         and Inclusion, and asks professional
There were discussions about the            Education and Statistical Literacy at the    bodies about progress in eight key areas
development of the progression              Royal Statistical Society, and Sarah Bond,   by setting out four levels of good practice.
framework, feedback from the pilot of       Director of for business sake, followed by
the framework, and the next steps for       a networking lunch.                          To view the framework in full, please
a collective benchmarking exercise,                                                      visit www.raeng.org.uk/publications/
which is due to take place in 2017 and      The progression framework was                other/diversity-progression-
includes a self‑assessment against          developed through collaboration              framework
the framework.                              between the Academy and the Science
                                            Council in order to progress diversity and       (L-R) Sarah Bond, Philip Greenish, Scott Keir,
The session closed with a Q&A involving     inclusion across engineering and science     Belinda Phipps, Bola Fatimilehin and Hannah
Philip Greenish, Belinda Phipps, Bola       professional bodies.                         Kowszun take part in the Q&A panel at the event

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Royal Academy of
Engineering and Royal
Society of Edinburgh
joint lecture
This year’s annual joint lecture, hosted
by the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 6
March, was given by Archie Bethel CBE
FREng FRSE, Chief Executive of Babcock
International Group Plc.
                                                         aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth,         Fellows, Scotland-based engineers and
Mr Bethel gave a talk entitled Delivering                the largest warship ever commissioned           members of the public.
the Nation’s Flagships, which offered                    for the Royal Navy, and HMS Prince of
his insight into the engineering and                     Wales. Following the lecture, Mr Bethel
                                                                                                             The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest warship
technological innovation involved in the                 answered questions from an audience             in the Royal Navy, and subject of the RAEng/RSE
development and building of two new                      of more than 130 guests, which included         annual joint lecture

Innovation and                                           Samuel took his inspiration from the

entrepreneurship                                         highest Welsh peak, Snowdon. He is
                                                         currently studying for his GCSEs at
                                                         Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph, including
                                                         a GCSE in engineering. He has a keen
Introducing the 2017                                     eye for drawing and design, and has
QEPrize trophy                                           previously illustrated a games manual
                                                         for the local playing fields association,
                                                         as well as designing the logo for
                                                         his band.

                                                                                                            Samuel Bentley’s winning trophy design, inspired
                                                         When asked about his design, Samuel             by Welsh mountain Snowdon
                                                         said: “I enjoy the design aspect of
                                                         engineering and seeing the finished             Samuel was announced as the winner
                                                         product after all of the hard work has          at an event held at the Royal Academy
                                                         been put in. My trophy was inspired by          of Engineering on 1 February, in the
                                                         the great Welsh mountain, Snowdon; it           presence of HRH The Princess Royal.
                                                         is an achievement to start at the bottom        His design will be 3D printed into the
                                                         of Snowdon and climb to the top, just as        final trophy by BAE Systems, and will be
    Samuel Bentley is presented with a certificate for   it is an achievement to win the Queen           awarded to the winners of the QEPrize at
his winning trophy design                                Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.”               a reception at Buckingham Palace later in
                                                                                                         the year.
Samuel Bentley, 15, from Wales was                       This year, the competition was open to
selected as the winner of this year’s                    an international audience, and entries          View the gallery at
QEPrize Create the Trophy competition.                   were received from 32 countries.                qeprize.org/trophy-2017

Frontiers of Engineering                                                                                 across different academic disciplines. At
for Development                                                                                          the end of the event, groups of two or
                                                                                                         more participants were invited to apply
In February, the second Global                                                                           for one of nine seed funding awards of
Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)                                                                          £20,000 each in order to kick-start a new
Frontiers of Engineering for                                                                             collaborative project.
Development symposium took place
at the Royal Society of Surgeons of                                                                      Having received excellent feedback so far,
Edinburgh. The event brought together                                                                    the symposia continue to be a highlight in
                                                            Participants at the symposium in Edinburgh
an international group of 60 future                      share ideas                                     the Academy’s portfolio of activities under
leaders in engineering and international                                                                 the GCRF.
development to network and discuss                       The two-and-a-half-day symposium
how cutting-edge research can help to                    offered participants the opportunity            To find out more about future events,
address global challenges on the themes                  to think about these challenges in a            please visit www.raeng.org.uk/
of economic sustainability, clean water                  collaborative and cross‑disciplinary way,       frontiers-of-engineering-for-
and clean energy.                                        sharing techniques and approaches               development

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Africa Prize training
A shortlist of 16 entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya,
Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda
have been selected for the next stage of the Africa Prize for
Engineering Innovation. In February 2017, representatives
from all 16 teams went to Kigali, Rwanda, for a week of
entrepreneurial training, where they practised their pitches
and met inspiring local Rwandan innovators.

Their innovations include renewable energy solutions,
technology that helps disabled people access employment, and
medical equipment to help diagnose pneumonia in children.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is in its third year.       Zang, who won the award last year with his invention of the
It provides mentoring and training for sub-Saharan African              Cardio‑Pad.
entrepreneurs, and supports them to develop scalable
solutions to local challenges.                                          To find out more, please visit www.raeng.org.uk/africaprize

Following a pitch competition in Nairobi on 23 May, the next               Brian Turyabagye with his innovation, Mama‑Ope, a jacket that
winner will be chosen, following in the footsteps of Arthur             diagnoses pneumonia

New Research Chairs                            supporting exceptional academics in UK               Professor Robert Bowman, Seagate
and Senior Research                            universities to undertake use-inspired               Technology / Royal Academy of
                                               research that meets the needs of the                 Engineering Research Chair in
Fellowships                                    industrial partners.                                 Advanced Materials for Data Storage
                                                                                                    at Queen’s University Belfast.
The Academy has announced the award            Full list of awardees:
of four new Research Chairs and Senior    Dr Xibo Yuan, Safran Electrical & Power                   Professor Serafim Bakalis, Procter
Research Fellowships.                     UK / Royal Academy of Engineering                         & Gamble / Royal Academy of
                                          Senior Research Fellowship in Advanced                    Engineering Research Chair in
The four awardees cover a broad spectrum Aircraft Power Generation Systems at the                   Engineering Consumer Products for a
of engineering research and will hold     University of Bristol.                                    Sustainable Future at the University
these positions for five years from March                                                           of Birmingham.
2017. Each awardee will be mentored by    Professor Christoph Bruecker, BAE
an Academy Fellow during this time.       Systems / Sir Richard Olver and                           The next round of applications is due
                                          Royal Academy of Engineering Chair                        to close in September 2017. For more
The programme aims to strengthen the      in Aeronautical Engineering at City                       information, please visit
links between industry and academia by    University London.                                        www.raeng.org.uk/researchchairs

Industrial Fellowships Annual Forum
On 2 February, the Industrial Fellowships Annual Forum took
place at Prince Philip House. It was attended by delegates from
industry and academia, as well as Academy Fellows.

The event brought together past and current awardees
and their industrial partners to showcase the impact
that this programme, previously known as the Industrial
Secondments Scheme, has had over its 15 years of facilitating
collaborative research.

Professor Elaine Martin OBE FREng, the scheme’s Chair, shared
her vision for the future after attendees were welcomed by              and industrial relevance of teaching. The next round of
Dr Andrew Clark, Director of Programmes at the Academy. The             applications is due to open later this year.
event concluded with drinks and networking.
                                                                        For further information, please contact the research team at
The Industrial Fellowships scheme enables mid-career                    research@raeng.org.uk
academics to undertake a collaborative research project in an
industrial environment. It aims to strengthen the relationship              Professor Elaine Martin OBE FREng, Chair of the Industrial Fellowships scheme,
between universities and industry, and improve the quality              talks to attendees at the forum

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Research Fellows’ induction day
On 2 February, the Academy held an induction day for its
new Research Fellows to give them the opportunity to
learn more about the Academy’s work and network with
other attendees.

The Research Fellows were welcomed by Professor Neil
Alford MBE FREng, who chairs the steering group for this
scheme. Attendees included both current and past Research
Fellows, as well as Academy Fellows. The annual event is part
of the Academy’s wider engagement with its awardees, both
during and after their Research Fellowship.

Research Fellowships provide funding for five years and are
designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide
support for early-career researchers and encourage them to
develop successful academic research careers.                        Research Fellows learn about the Academy at their induction

Global Grand Challenges                     Oculus VR; Professor Dame Sally                   teams of undergraduate students from
summit                                      Davies, Chief Medical Officer to the UK;          across the UK, China and the USA the
                                            Jeffrey Dean, Google Senior Fellow,               opportunity to pitch their engineering
The third Global Grand Challenges           Google; Christof Koch, President                  innovations to solve a global challenge
Summit will be held on 19 and 20 July       and Chief Scientific Officer, Allen               to a panel of experts.
2017 in Washington DC, organised by         Institute for Brain Science; Professor
the UK, US and Chinese academies of         Molly Stevens FREng, Professor of                 The UK’s five teams will be chosen via
engineering. Engineering researchers,       Biomedical Materials and Regenerative             the Engineering a Better World student
educators, policymakers and students        Medicine and Head of The Stevens                  competition, which is a seven-month
are invited to meet and seek solutions      Group, Imperial College London; and               programme of innovation, design and
to humanity’s great challenges, inspiring   musician and technology enthusiast                business development. The successful
the next generation to forge a better       will.i.am. More speakers are to be                teams will be picked to go to Washington
future for the world through engineering    announced shortly.                                DC at a competition showcase hosted by
and interdisciplinary collaboration.                                                          the Academy in April 2017.
                                            Before the summit on 18 July, the Global
Confirmed speakers for the summit           Grand Challenge Student Innovation                Registration for the summit is now open
include: Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist,   Competition will be held. This will give          at www.ggcs2017.org

Technology and
Zones of engineering discovery at
New Scientist Live 2017
In September 2017, the Academy will partner with the
second New Scientist Live event at Excel London. A veritable
extravaganza of science, technology, engineering and maths,
the four-day show will run from 28 September to 1 October.

This year’s festival of ideas and discovery will feature
immersive exhibition zones covering humans, technology,
Earth and the cosmos, plus a new engineering zone in
which the Academy is a key partner. Each zone also has a
stage hosting its own programme of talks by innovators and        showcased some of the latest engineering techniques for
thought-leaders.                                                  human enhancement.

The inaugural 2016 show attracted over 20,000 visitors.               Visitors to the Academy’s stand at the 2016 New Scientist Live event
The Academy’s Superheroes vs Superhumans stand                    learn about the engineering behind Marvel’s Iron Man

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Creating value from data                      The event was chaired by Professor Jim       The discussion covered a number of
                                              Norton FREng, Chair of the Academy’s         topics, ranging from the importance
On 5 December 2016, the Academy               Digital Systems Community of Practice,       of metadata standards and robust
hosted a joint event with the Royal           and panellists included: Professor Mandy     data governance to valuation of data
Statistical Society to explore how            Chessell CBE FREng from IBM; Dr Mike         and the challenges for companies
engineers and statisticians, along            Short CBE FREng from Telefonica;             in unlocking its value. A conclusion
with representatives of a number of           Professor David Hand OBE from Imperial       was the need for more education at
other disciplines, can work together to       College London, the UK Statistics            all levels and better multidisciplinary
address the future challenges around          Authority and Winton Capital; and            working if the UK is to move towards a
big data and exploit the opportunities        Professor Adele Marshall from Queen’s        data-enabled economy.
that may arise.                               University Belfast.

Procurement guidelines                        diversity and inclusion throughout the       of the Association for Consultancy and
for diversity and                             supply chain. The action group will now      Engineering and a member of the Transport
                                              lead on the production of guidance on        for London Board. The action group brings
inclusion                                     common clauses and policy statements         together representatives from many of
A small action group has been established     that can be used in procurement,             the key client organisations in highways
to lead activity on procurement guidelines    initially focusing on the highways and       and transportation, such as High Speed 2,
for diversity and inclusion.                  transportation sectors.                      Highways England, Network Rail and the
                                                                                           Department for Transport. It is drawing on
Over the past year, the Academy’s             As part of the work carried out by the       examples from previous work carried out
diversity programme has debated whether       Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group,    by organisations such as the London 2012
procurement contracts could or should be      the action group is being led by Dr Nelson   Olympic Delivery Authority and Crossrail.
used to encourage and support greater         Ogunshakin OBE, who is Chief Executive       Initial output is expected in the summer.

Responding to the industrial strategy Green Paper
On behalf of 38 professional engineering institutions, the          of this, and the very positive response to the report from
Academy is leading a response to the government’s Green             across government, media and the engineering community,
Paper on industrial strategy – Building our Industrial Strategy.    the profession has agreed to adopt a similar model to shape a
                                                                    collective response to the Green Paper.
The profession’s 2016 report on the impacts of Brexit,
Engineering a future outside the EU, highlighted the crucial        This is an important opportunity for the engineering profession
role of an industrial strategy in ensuring that the UK can thrive   to ensure that the voice of the sectors and disciplines it
in a changing and highly competitive global landscape. In view      represents is heard.

New digital policy studies                    identifying best practice examples           The second will take the form of a
                                              and highlighting opportunities and           challenge paper or discussion paper, on
The Academy is starting two new policy        barriers. The case studies will include      the regulation of autonomous systems,
studies under its ‘digital systems’ theme.    engineering examples, especially those       led by Professor Tony Gillespie FREng.
                                              that have involved the supply chain,
The first, led by Professor Jim Norton        and examples from other sectors. It will     The study aims to explore the
FREng, aims to better understand how          focus on the engineering solutions used      engineering sectors that will be most
to co-create value by sharing or trading      for the platform, data management            affected by regulatory changes, and
data. Case studies will build on the          or analytics as well as the business         to better understand the key concerns
growing body of work on data sharing          outcomes. The Academy aims to publish        for engineers and regulators in order to
and trading by the Academy and others,        the study in early 2018.                     support UK innovation in this field.

The Higher Education                          reports; information about schemes for       reach by collaborating with other
Focus website                                 industry, undergraduates, postgraduates      organisations, including the Engineering
                                              and academic staff; information about the    Professors’ Council and the Engineering
The Academy has developed a new               Engineering Education Research Network;      Education Research Network.
interactive website for engineering           details of upcoming events; and weekly
higher education. The site collates           news updates. There is also an interactive   The Higher Education Focus website and
information and provides a hub for            forum for the engineering community to       details about signing up can be found at
those teaching, studying, working, or         discuss relevant teaching practices and      hefocus.raeng.org.uk
interested in the subject.                    share useful links and information.
                                                                                           For further information or to add
The website includes links to relevant        The Academy is currently working to          content to the website, please contact
books, journals, online resources and         increase the website’s content and           highereducation@raeng.org.uk

                                                                                                          Technology and society 9
Hat-trick of engineering celebrations as Prince Philip House reopens
Robots at the Science                        with the Science Museum, and will                   Visitors can interact with some of the
Museum                                       explore the cutting‑edge engineering                12 working robots on display and glimpse
                                             behind contemporary robotics.                       recent developments from robotics
The Academy is supporting the Science                                                            research, exploring how roboticists
Museum’s latest exhibition Robots with       The exhibition features more than                   are building robots that resemble us
a series of live events.                     100 robots, and explores humanity’s                 and interact in human-like ways. The
                                             500‑year quest to recreate ourselves in             exhibition ends by asking visitors to
The pop-up workspaces and live               mechanised form. From a 16th‑century                imagine what a shared future with
dialogue events are funded by the            mechanical monk to robots from                      robots might be like.
Academy’s public engagement scheme           science fiction and modern‑day
Ingenious and will coincide with the         research labs, the exhibition enables               The Robots exhibition is open until
new exhibition. The events, taking           visitors to discover the cultural,                  3 September 2017. For more information,
place between March and June, will be        historical and technological context of             please visit beta.sciencemuseum.org.
developed by engineers in partnership        humanoid robots.                                    uk/robots/

Academy                                                                                          in the near future. A trial version is now

                                                                                                 being tested and further information will
                                                                                                 be available in coming weeks.

                                                                                                 Fellows can find details of upcoming
                                                                                                 regional events at www.raeng.org.
Sharing expertise                                                                                uk/events and I look forward to the
                                                                                                 opportunity to meet you at some of these.
Professor Richard Williams OBE FREng,
Vice President of Fellowship Engagement,         Ian Ritchie CBE FREng FRSE, Professor Richard   I continue to welcome your ideas,
provides an update on the Academy’s          Williams OBE FREng FRSE and Enterprise Hub          observations and advice, and can be
Fellowship activities.                       member Dr Sam Chapman of KENOTEQ                    contacted at vicepresident@raeng.org.uk

On 30 January 2017, Prince Philip            very positive comments and emails from              Publications received
House was filled to capacity for what        attendees about the event. A few days
has become our annual Fellows’ Day.          later, I also attended the formal opening           Higher – 100 years of Boeing by Russ
The occasion celebrated the work             of the Taylor Centre, which provides a              Banham has been donated to the
that Fellows are leading through the         physical home for the Enterprise Hub, as            Academy by Sir Michael Arthur and added
Academy to advance engineering policy        it continues to engage a good number                to the library in the Fellows’ room.
and drive change through innovation          of Fellows in mentoring and support
                                                                                                 The 5G Myth and why consistent
and research. Fellows were able to see       though our contact networks. It was
                                                                                                 connectivity is a better future by Professor
the state‑of‑the‑art new facilities in the   interesting to talk to a number of Hub
                                                                                                 William Webb FREng has been donated to
Taylor Centre and its new drop-in ‘Hub       members about their experiences of
                                                                                                 the Academy by the author and is also in
Central’ zone. It was an opportunity to      this mentoring, and to also have the
                                                                                                 the library in the Fellows’ room.
hear about how the Academy’s Enterprise      opportunity to see and interact with
Hub is enabling young entrepreneurial        many of their innovations.                          Total Design over time by Arup has been
engineers to develop their ideas, and                                                            donated to the Academy by ­­­­­Dervilla
we heard from a number of them during        Looking ahead, the new interactive                  Mitchell CBE FREng and can be found in
the evening. I was pleased to receive        e-forum for Fellows is due to be launched           the Fellows’ room.

Media roundup                                Following the Chancellor’s Autumn                   the 2017 finalists. An interview with 2006
                                             Statement in November, the Academy’s                winner Douglas Anderson OBE FREng
The Academy’s past President, Sir            comments on industrial strategy were                FRSE appeared in the Daily Express in
John Parker GBE FREng, featured in           widely featured in trade press and received         February, about his invention of Optos, a
several national newspapers, including       coverage in The Times. The Academy’s                non‑intrusive whole-retina scanner that
the Daily Telegraph in November              response was further shared in January              uses laser technology to monitor any
and the Financial Times in February,         when the government published its                   changes to the eye.
emphasising the work that large              industrial strategy Green Paper.                    The announcement of the 2017 winners of
companies need to do to increase                                                                 the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
boardroom diversity. His comments            The engineers on the Africa Prize for               received global coverage across countries
complement the Academy’s wider               Engineering Innovation shortlist continue           including the USA, Japan and the UK,
work on diversity and inclusion, which       to receive attention, with a number of              where it featured on BBC One’s News at Six
included an appearance by Head of            profile pieces appearing on the Guardian            and in segments on Sky News, BBC World
Diversity Bola Fatimilehin on BBC            website during December. Past winners of            News and BBC radio. News of the QEPrize
Radio 4’s Today programme in January,        the MacRobert Award have also received              announcement reached a potential global
discussing the film Hidden Figures.          coverage ahead of the announcement of               audience of 1.3 billion people.

 10 Academy roundup
GL, and President, European Wind              Officer, Nottingham Scientific Ltd, for
New Year’s Honours                         Energy Association, for services to           services to science
                                           renewable energy
Congratulations to the 13 Academy                                                        Michael Douglas Carr FREng,
Fellows who were recognised by HM          Professor Peter John Goodhew                  Board member, Innovate UK, and
The Queen in this year’s New Year          FREng, Emeritus Professor of                  Non‑Executive Director, Ordnance
Honours list.                              Engineering, University of Liverpool, for     Survey, for services to innovation
                                           services to engineering and education
Knighthoods                                                                              Professor Anne Neville FREng FRSE,
                                           Professor Hywel Rhys Thomas                   Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in
Professor John Vincent McCanny
                                           FREng FRS, Pro Vice-Chancellor                Emerging Technologies, University of
CBE FREng FRS, Professor of
                                           (International and Engagement), and           Leeds, for services to engineering
Microelectronics Engineering and
                                           Director, Geoenvironmental Research
Director, Institute of Electronics,                                                      Dr Christoph Stefan Wiesner FREng,
                                           Centre, Cardiff University, for services to
Communications and Information                                                           Chief Executive, The Welding Institute,
                                           academic research and higher education
Technology, Queen’s University Belfast,                                                  for services to engineering and
for services to higher education and       Dr David Watson FREng, Director, IBM          innovation
economic development                       Research UK, for services to science and
                                           engineering research                          Members of the Order of the British
Order of the British Empire                                                              Empire
Commanders of the Order of the             Professor Guang-Zhong Yang FREng,
British Empire                             Director, Hamlyn Centre for Robotic           Dr Antony David Trapp DL FREng,
                                           Surgery, for services to biomedical           Executive Chairman, Osbit Ltd, for
Professor Polina Bayvel FREng FRS,         engineering                                   services to the engineering and energy
Professor of Optical Communications and                                                  industries
Networks, University College London, for   Officers of the Order of the British
services to engineering                                                                  Anthony Peter Wilson FREng, Director,
                                                                                         AECOM, for services to building and
Dr Andrew Douglas Garrad FREng,            Professor Vidal Ashkenazi FREng,              engineering
Member of Supervisory Board, DNV           Founding Director and Chief Executive

Legacy support
Copies of Build a better world, the Academy’s legacy              Fellows who would like to have a confidential, informal
information brochure, are available from the Development          discussion about legacy giving are invited to contact Clare
department or can be downloaded from the Academy’s website        Flynn Scarcelli, Head of Major Giving, on 0207 766 0652 or
at www.raeng.org.uk/ways-to-give                                  clare.flynn@raeng.org.uk

News of Fellows                            Williams OBE have all been elected            Professor Sir John McCanny CBE FRS
                                           Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh     has been appointed Regius Professor of
Professor John Bell GBE has been                                                         Electronics and Computer Engineering at
appointed industrial strategy champion     Dame Judith Hackitt DBE has been
                                           appointed Chair of the Semta Group            Queen’s University Belfast
for life sciences
                                           Professor Christopher Hall FRSE has           Colin Smith CBE FRS has been
Baroness Brown DBE, has been
appointed as the next Chair of the         been elected Curator of the Royal Society     elected to the US National Academy of
Committee on Climate Change’s              of Edinburgh                                  Engineering
Adaptation Sub-Committee                   Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS             Professor Stephen Myers OBE has
William Tudor Brown MBE has been           has been appointed Regius Professor in        been appointed a non-executive director
appointed to the board of Marvell          Computer Science at the University of         of Advanced Oncotherapy PLC
Technology Group                           Southampton and has been chosen to
                                           lead the government’s review into the         Professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE
Professor David Butler has been                                                          has been appointed industrial strategy
                                           development of artificial intelligence
appointed Chair of South Devon UTC                                                       champion for ultra-low emission vehicles
                                           Professor Peter Hansford has
Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE
                                           been named Chair of Network Rail’s            Dr John C Taylor OBE has been awarded
has been awarded an honorary doctorate
                                           competition and contestability review         an honorary doctorate from the
of science from Northumbria University
                                                                                         University of Durham
                                           Sir David Higgins has been appointed
Professor Amr S Elnashai has
                                           Chair of Gatwick Airport                      Sir Colin Terry KBE CB DL has been
been appointed Vice-Chancellor
and Vice‑President of Research and         Graeme Hobbs has been appointed               appointed Chair of BOXARR
Technology Transfer at the University      Chair of Bristol Is Open                      Peter Warry has been appointed Acting
of Houston
                                           Dr Raghunath Anant Mashelkar FRS              Chair of River & Mercantile Group
Jim Fairbairn OBE, Professor Win           has been appointed a director of ACCESS
Rampen and Professor Richard               Health International

                                                                                                             Academy roundup 11
Call for nominations                        2016 Annual Fund update                    New funding
The Academy’s effectiveness is              Launched in September 2016, the            The Academy’s Connecting STEM
dependent on the talent, energy and         Academy’s 2016 Annual Fund appeal has      Teachers programme has received a
commitment of its Fellows, and the role     raised £21,500 as of 1 February 2017.      further year of support from Royal Dutch
of the Fellowship is central to the whole                                              Shell. A grant of £300,000 will help
membership process.                         Since it was first launched in 2012,       the programme continue to work with
                                            the Annual Fund has helped the             teachers to improve the STEM learning
The deadline for making nominations         Academy launch new initiatives in          experience, and improve uptake of and
this year is 1 May 2017. This can be done   enterprise, education and other            attainment in STEM subjects. Last year,
via the Academy’s online system for         areas of work. It has also brought         the programme reached 570 schools,
nominations, which is found in the Fellows’ much-needed additional capacity to         740 teachers and over 66,000 students
secure area of the Academy’s website        established work programmes. An            across the UK.
www.raeng.org.uk/fellows-area               update on how funds have been used
                                            will appear in a future newsletter.        BP has been confirmed as Headline
Fellows will require a username and                                                    Sponsor of the Academy’s 2017 Awards
password to access it. To retrieve a        The Academy would like to extend           Dinner, which will be held on 29 June
forgotten password, email                   its thanks to all those who have           at the Landmark Hotel, London. The
webmaster@raeng.org.uk                      contributed so far.                        Silver Sponsors of this year’s event
                                                                                       are BAE Systems, GKN, Jaguar Land
All other queries regarding nominations     Copies of the Annual Fund brochure can     Rover, Lockheed Martin, Rolls‑Royce,
should be directed to membership@           be viewed and/or downloaded from           and Electrical Power Research
raeng.org.uk                                www.raeng.org.uk/get-involved              Institute (EPRI).

Forthcoming events                          4 September 2017                           18 October 2017
                                            Research Forum                             New Fellows’ dinner
This is a selection of Academy events.      Venue: Prince Philip House                 Venue: Drapers’ Hall
For a complete list, visit                  Time: 10.00am to 4.30pm                    Time: 6.30pm to 10.45pm
www.raeng.org.uk/events                     5 September 2017
                                            AGM                                                 Follow the Academy on Twitter:
23 May 2017                                 Venue: Prince Philip House                          @RAEngNews
Enterprise Hub Showcase
                                            6 September 2017                                    Follow the Academy on Facebook:
Venue: Prince Phillip House                                                                     www.facebook.com/RAEngineering
                                            Diversity and Inclusion Programme
Time: 4.00pm to 7.30pm
                                            plenary event
                                                                                       Edited by Portia Sale
                                            Venue: Prince Philip House
22 May to 23 May 2017                                                                  Email: portia.sale@raeng.org.uk
Africa Innovates 2017                       26 September 2017                          Published by the Royal Academy of Engineering,
Location: Nairobi, Kenya                    Ingenia live!                              Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace,
                                            Venue: Prince Philip House                 London SW1Y 5DG

29 June 2017                                Time: 6.30pm to 9.00pm                     Tel: 020 7766 0600      www.raeng.org.uk
Awards Dinner 2017                          18 October 2017                                       The Royal Academy of Engineering
Venue: The Landmark London                  New Fellows’ briefing                                 promotes excellence in the science,
Time: 6.30 to 10.30pm                       Venue: Prince Philip House                            art and practice of engineering.
                                            Time: 12.30pm to 5.00pm                               Registered charity number 293074

Obituaries                                  Partnership and UK Low Carbon              Professor Roger Lacroix FREng died
                                            Innovation Group Executive.                aged 88. He was formerly Honorary
                                                                                       Professor at ENPC Paris.
Professor Paul Adrian Auchmuty              Mr Ernest Martin Eltis FREng died on
                                                                                       Mr Frank Alexander Sims OBE FREng
Back CBE FREng died aged 86. He was         3 January 2017, aged 95. He formerly
                                                                                       died on 22 December 2016, aged 84.
formerly Director of Sir Alexander Gibb     worked for Rolls-Royce Plc.
                                                                                       He was formerly Chief Executive of Pell
and Partners Ltd.
                                                                                       Frischmann Consultants Ltd.
                                            Dr William Henry Penley FREng died
Dr David Andrew Clarke FREng                on 27 January 2017, aged 99. He was        Professor Graham Charles Wood FREng
died on 4 February 2017, aged 55.           formerly Engineering Director of Marconi   FRS died on 4 November 2016, aged 82.
He was Chief Executive Officer of           Underwater Systems, and Controller of      He was formerly Emeritus Professor of
the Energy Technologies Institute, a        R&D Establishments and Research at the     Corrosion Science and Engineering at the
member of the UK Energy Research            Ministry of Defence.                       University of Manchester.

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