Evening talk

Tuesday 27 October 2015


Professor Dame Ann Dowling

Cambridge University

Professor Dame Ann Dowling is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14 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 an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers, and has honorary degrees from Oxford University, Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Kent and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Ann has served on a number industry and government advisory committees. She is a non-executive director of BP plc and chairs their Remuneration and Technical Advisory Committees. She is also a non-executive member of the Board of the UK government’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). She is a member of the Prime-Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and is chairing a review for BIS on enhancing strategic research collaborations between universities and businesses for the benefit of the UK. 

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

"Dame Ann Dowling, 62, is a world expert on aircraft acoustics and one of Britain’s most senior engineers"

Sunday Times