Guest Speaker Professor Dame Ann Dowling

Guest Speaker Professor Dame Ann Dowling

Ann Dowling is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14.

Professor Dowling’s research is on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, especially aircraft and cars. She led the Silent Aircraft Initiative, a research collaboration between Cambridge and MIT, and ran the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce 2001-14. She has held visiting posts at MIT and at Caltech.

Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Prime-Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a non-executive director of BP plc and is also a non-executive member of the Board of the UK government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

She was appointed CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002, DBE for services to Science in 2007 and was appointed to the Order of Merit by the Queen in December 2015.

Read her CV here.