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Professor receives prestigious award

Professor receives prestigious award

Professor Dame Ann Dowling has received the Engineering Professors’ Council’s (EPC) most prestigious award – the President’s Prize.

I'm delighted and very honoured to be awarded the EPC President’s Prize. It is really special because it is awarded by my peers – engineering professors – who include colleagues and friends that I have known for many years.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling

It was awarded to Dame Ann, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, for her societal impact as an engineer and educator, and her involvement in Global Grand Challenges.

Dame Ann became President of the Academy in 2014 and is also a Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering from 2009-14, and ran the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce from 2001-14. She has held visiting posts at MIT and at Caltech. Her research focuses on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise engines, especially for aircraft and cars. 

At the request of government, Dame Ann led the Dowling Review in 2015 to examine how businesses of all types and sizes could be encouraged to connect with the UK’s universities through strategic research partnerships that can deliver economic benefits for the country as a whole.

Dame Ann OM DBE FREng FRS said: “I'm delighted and very honoured to be awarded the EPC President’s Prize. It is really special because it is awarded by my peers – engineering professors – who include colleagues and friends that I have known for many years. I'm especially honoured, and humbled, when I see the very impressive list of past recipients.”

EPC President, Professor Sarah Spurgeon OBE FREng, presented the award to Dame Ann.

She said: “It is a great honour for me to make the award this year to Professor Dame Ann Dowling. Dame Ann is a distinguished mechanical engineer and a leading advocate for the societal importance of engineering. Her work is characterised by collaboration and she has been hugely influential in developing the UK’s involvement in Global Grand Challenges. She continues to make a considerable societal impact as an engineer and educator.”

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