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Academy welcomes leading UK and international engineers as new Fellows

Fifty-four leading engineers from the UK and around the world have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.

Five-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has also been admitted to the Academy as an Honorary Fellow in recognition of his role in inspiring interest in engineering, especially among young people.

All the new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at its AGM in London on Monday 30 September, and they will add their expertise to the Fellowship of nearly 1,600 eminent engineers from both industry and academia.

View profiles of the new Fellows

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says: “Our Fellows are at the heart of all Academy activities and I am delighted to welcome these highly successful, creative and inspiring engineering leaders to the Fellowship. There has never been a more important time for the Academy to advance and promote excellence in engineering so that the engineering profession can continue to contribute to societal wellbeing and economic growth.”

The complete list of new Fellows for 2019 is as follows:


International Fellows

  • Professor Shuji Nakamura FREng Professor of Materials and Electrical & Computer Engineering and The Cree Distinguished Professor in Solid State Lighting & Displays, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • Professor Jeom Kee Paik FREng Professor of Safety Design and Engineering at Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering Department, Pusan National University; Distinguished Professor of Marine Technology, University College London
  • Professor Chai Keong Toh FREng Expert Consultant, Gerson Lehrman Group
  • Professor Jian-Ping Wu FREng Professor & Head of the Department of Computer Science, Tsinghua University

Honorary Fellow

Notes for editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering

As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers from academia and business – our Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society.

We harness their experience and expertise to provide independent advice to government, to deliver programmes that help exceptional engineering researchers and innovators realise their potential, to engage the public with engineering and to provide leadership for the profession.

We have three strategic priorities:

  • Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation and businesses
  • Address the engineering skills and diversity challenge
  • Position engineering at the heart of society

We bring together engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, educators and the public in pursuit of these goals.

Engineering is a global profession, so we work with partners across the world to advance engineering’s contribution to society on an international, as well as a national scale.

  1. For more information please contact: Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0636; email: [email protected]

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