People: BP PLC (BP_pb.L)
29 Oct 2014
Professor Dame Ann Dowling serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of BP Plc. She is a member of the SEEAC and the chairman’s and the remuneration committees. She is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. She is chair of the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics Panel in the Research Excellence Framework – the UK Government’s review of research in universities. She was appointed a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 1993 (the Department of Engineering is one of the centres for engineering research worldwide). Between 1999 and 2000 she was the Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor at MIT subsequently becoming a Moore distinguished scholar at Caltech in 2001. When she returned to the University of Cambridge, she became head of the Division of Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery in the Department of Engineering, becoming UK lead of the Silent Aircraft Initiative in 2003, a collaboration between researchers at Cambridge and MIT. She became head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 2009. She was appointed director of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce in 2001 and chairman in 2009. Between 2003 and 2008 she chaired the Rolls-Royce Propulsion and Power Advisory Board. She chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering study on nanotechnology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She has been nominated President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from September 2014.
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