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30 July 2008
Professor Malcolm Bolton
Professor Norman Fleck
Professors Malcolm Bolton and Norman Fleck from the Department of Engineering, Cambridge University are among the 44 pioneering engineers elected this year to the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of their distinguished work in the field.
Malcolm Bolton, Professor of Soil Mechanics and Director of the Schofield Centre for Geotechnical Process and Construction Modelling, was elected for his outstanding contributions to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering.
The author of 170 publications in these areas, his research has focused on geotechnical centrifuge testing, the fundamentals of soil mechanics, and their applications to such practical problems as retaining walls and offshore pipelines.
His work has carried him into less obvious fields, such as sugar refining and neuropathology. In the latter field, he is currently conducting collaborative work examining the deformation of a cellular matrix suffused with spinal fluid, including simulations using geotechnical software, of tumour growth and hydrocephalus.
Norman Fleck, Professor of Engineering and Director of the Centre for Micromechanics, was elected for his seminal contributions to solid mechanics.
His work established the basic understanding of size effects in plasticity, the compressive failure of composites, the optimal design of metallic foams and lattice materials, powder compaction theory, and the mechanics of ferroelectrics.
The Royal Academy of Engineering was founded in 1976 to promote the engineering and technological welfare of the UK. Its fellowship includes the country's most eminent engineers. The Academy provides independent, impartial advice to Government, works to secure the next generation of engineers and provides a voice for Britain's engineering community.
The Academy, which promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the UK, has elected leading engineers from commercial engineering and some of the country's most visionary academics.
"Our new Fellows are among the very best engineers working in the UK today," says Academy President Lord Browne of Madingley. "They are pushing the technical boundaries across the most challenging fields from medical imaging to aeronautics and energy technology. Together they demonstrate that engineering is at the heart of modern society."
Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. The fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for its activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, the RAE provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.
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