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Professors Niki Trigoni and David Hills are among 72 leading figures in engineering and technology to be awarded a Fellowship from The Royal Academy of Engineering this week.

Grid of profile photos of the newly elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2022 (source: Royal Academy of Engineering)

Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering. They provide support for top engineers to develop successful academic research careers, including direct financial support for five years, mentoring, networking and training opportunities.

Newly elected fellows

Niki Trigoni is a Professor and Head of Cyber Physical Systems in the Department of Computer Science. Her research interests lie in intelligent and autonomous sensor systems that have a range of applications in positioning, healthcare, environmental monitoring, and the development of smart cities.

Head of Department for Computer Science, Professor Leslie Ann Goldberg, said: “I am delighted that Niki has received this prestigious fellowship. Her research is absolutely outstanding, and it has also already led to very substantial real-world impact. It is excellent to see it recognised in this way.”

David Hills, a Professor of Engineering Science, directs Oxford’s Rolls-Royce plc University Technology Centre in Solid Mechanics. He specialises in contact mechanics, both fundamentally and in fracture mechanics. His particular interest is in the nucleation of cracks that originate from the edges of notionally stationary contacts but where there is a small amount of differential movement. This phenomenon, known as 'fretting fatigue', is the root cause of many failures in gas turbines, because the roots of all blades suffer from this problem, to some degree.

Head of Department for Engineering Science, Professor Ronald Roy, said: “David has been a mainstay on the Engineering Science Faculty for over 35 years. His work on the fracture mechanics in general — and the nucleation of cracks in particular — delivers broad impact, as does his role as the Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Solid Mechanics. It is indeed fitting to see these contributions acknowledged by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Department offers David our thanks and heartfelt congratulations."

'Pioneering and distinguished'

This year’s cohort of Fellows consists of 60 Fellows, seven International Fellows and five Honorary Fellows, each of whom has made exceptional contributions to their own sector, pioneering new innovations, leading progress in business or academia, providing high-level advice to government, or promoting wider understanding of engineering and technology.

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a special ceremony in London on 8 November 2022.

Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “I am delighted to welcome such an array of enormously talented people to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. From industry and enterprise to education and government – both national and international – these are some of our most pioneering and distinguished engineers and technologists.

“In an uncertain world, one thing is certain – engineering skills, vision and leadership will play a crucial part in addressing the escalating domestic and global challenges that we face today. The combined connectivity, professionalism, experience and wisdom of the new Fellows who join us today will greatly enrich the expertise and support we can provide to the government and to society in general.”

The full list of new Fellows elected in 2022 can be found on the Royal Academy of Engineering website.

Find out more about the annual call for Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships, and eligibility criteria, on the ‘Research Resources’ section of this website.

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