Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture


21/02/2017 - 21/02/2017


6:00PM - 7:45PM


Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast, 185 Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5EE


FREE (but places are strictly limited and booking is essential)

“Universities, Innovation and Growth”

This year, Engineers Ireland and the Chief Executives' Club at Queen’s University are delighted to welcome Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FRS FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, to give the 16th Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture. Ann will be discussing the role of universities in stimulating growth through the people they educate and through their research and enterprise activities.  She will be placing particular emphasis on the importance of partnership between universities and businesses to ensure that these benefits are realised.

The Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, will give the welcome address at this prestigious event, which is also part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival:

Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm, with the lecture starting promptly at 6.30pm.

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About Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FRS FREng

A world authority on combustion and acoustics, Dame Ann is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, where she was Head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14. She became a Cambridge research fellow in 1977 and has remained at the university ever since, including visiting research posts at MIT in 1999 and Caltech in 2001. In 1993, she became the Department of Engineering's first ever female professor. In 2002, she was recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours, receiving a CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering, and again in the 2007 in the New Year's Honours List when she received a DBE for services to science. In 2016, she was awarded the James Watt International Gold Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. She became the first female engineer – and only the tenth woman – to be appointed by HM The Queen to the Order of Merit.

Dame Ann started her career as a mathematician but always wanted to pursue applied mathematics and did her PhD in engineering acoustics with Prof John Ffowcs Williams FREng, who led pioneering noise-reduction research on Concorde. Dame Ann led the Cambridge MIT Silent Aircraft project, which published its radical new design concept SAX-40 in 2006 with the aim of raising aircraft industry aspirations. She now leads research on efficient, low emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low noise vehicles, particularly aircraft.

Her work in aeronautics and energy has been recognised by fellowships of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, as well as foreign associate membership of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Academy of Sciences. She has a number of honorary degrees including an Honorary DScEng, from Queen’s University Belfast.

In 2004, she chaired the widely respected report produced jointly by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties, which highlighted the need for responsible regulation and research around the use of materials at an extremely small scale.

Dame Ann is a non-executive director of BP and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. Her previous appointments include service as a non-executive member of the board of BIS and as a panel chair for the Research Excellence Framework 2014.


About Professor Sir Bernard Crossland

The Northern Region of Engineers Ireland (the all-Ireland professional body representing professional engineers of all engineering disciplines) established the annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture in 2001 at Queen's University to celebrate and promote excellence in engineering.

Sir Bernard Crossland was a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University. He was Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from 1959 - 1982 and enjoyed an international reputation as a research pioneer in high pressure engineering and explosive welding. He was a Fellow (and former Vice-President) of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 1986 to 1987 and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering. In June 2009 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Sustained Achievement Award.


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Sir Bernard Crossland Annual Lecture

Date(s): 21/02/2017 - 21/02/2017
Time: 6:00PM - 7:45PM
Location: Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast, 185 Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5EE