Professor Dame Ann Dowling has been elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).
It's a great privilege to have been selected by my peers in China and I look forward to working alongside them to promote the development of engineering and highlight the importance of international collaboration.Professor Dame Ann Dowling
A world authority on combustion and acoustics, Dame Ann has been elected in recognition of her contributions to mechanical and aeronautical engineering and the promotion of China-UK engineering collaborations.
CAE members, known as ‘academicians’, hold the highest national academic title in the field of engineering in China, with members having made significant and creative achievements and contributions in the fields of engineering and technological sciences.
Dame Ann is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She was one of 18 foreign members elected to the CAE in 2017, alongside Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Leo Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bringing the total number of foreign members to 66.
The number of foreign academicians elected in 2017 was the highest ever, signalling a desire to boost international co-operation and build China's reputation worldwide.
“I’m deeply honoured to have been elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering,” she said. “It's a great privilege to have been selected by my peers in China and I look forward to working alongside them to promote the development of engineering and highlight the importance of international collaboration.”
After working at Rolls-Royce Bristol, Dame Ann was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Cambridge in 1979, and has held visiting research posts at MIT in 1999 and Caltech in 2001. She was Head of the Department of Engineering at Cambridge from 2009 to 2014.
This article has been edited from the Royal Academy of Engineering's website.