|Motto||To bring engineering to the heart of society|
|3 Royal Fellows, 1,541 Fellows|
|Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE, FREng, FRS|
Senior Vice President
|Professor Sir William Wakeham FREng|
The Academy was founded in June 1976 as the Fellowship of Engineering with support from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who became the first senior Fellow and as of 2013[update] remained so. The Fellowship was granted a Royal Charter in 1983 and became the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992.
The Royal Fellows of the Academy comprise Prince Philip, the Duke of Kent, and Anne, Princess Royal. The Fellowship currently stands at over 1,400 engineers. Up to 60 engineers are elected each year by their peers, distinguished by the title 'Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering' and the postnominal designation 'FREng'. Honorary and International Fellows who have made exceptional contributions to engineering are also elected.The current President of the Academy is Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE, FREng, FRS, the first woman to hold the office. The Immediate Past President is Sir John Parker GBE FREng.
The Academy’s activities are focused on positioning engineering at the heart of society by:
It is a national Academy with a global outlook and conducts a number of international activities with partners across the world.
The Academy is also an instrumental player in two policy alliances set up in 2009 to provide coherent advice for engineering education and policy across the profession: Education for Engineering and Engineering the Future.
The Academy’s premises at 3-4 Carlton House Terrace are housed in a Grade I listed building overlooking St James’ Park, designed by architect John Nash and owned by the Crown Estates. The Academy shares the Terrace with two of its sister academies, the British Academy and the Royal Society as well as other institutes.
The building was renamed Prince Philip House, in honour of the Senior Fellow, after renovation works were completed in 2012. Prince Philip House is also available for venue hire for meetings or events.
The Fellowship met for the first time on 11 June 1976 at Buckingham Palace where 126 of the UK’s engineers were enrolled, including turbojet inventor Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, structural engineer Sir Ove Arup, radar pioneer Sir George MacFarlane, bouncing bomb inventor Sir Barnes Wallis, computer scientist Sir Maurice Wilkes, and the Fellowship’s first President, nuclear engineer Lord Hinton
The Fellowship's focus on championing excellence in all fields of engineering and activities began in earnest in the mid-1970s when the Distinction lecture series, now known as the Hinton lectures, was founded; the Fellowship was asked to advise the Department of Industry for the first time and the Academy became host and presenter of the MacRobert prize.
In the 1980s, the Fellowship acquired its own Royal Charter, its first government grant-in-aid in addition to significant industrial funding, initiated its research programme to build bridges between academia and industry and opened its doors to International and Honorary Fellows.
The Academy’s increasing level of influence – both in policy, research and education – was recognised when it was granted a royal title and became The Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992.
The President of the Royal Academy of Engineering is the elected officer of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) who presides over meetings of the Academy’s council. The President is elected for a single term of not more than five years. Sir John Parker stepped down after three years on 15 September 2014.
The Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering announced on 9 January 2014 that it had nominated Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE, FREng, FRS as its Presidential candidate for election by Fellows at the September 2014 AGM. On election, she became the first female President.
|1976-1981||Christopher Hinton, Baron Hinton of Bankside||OM, Kt, KBE, FREng, FRS|
|1981-1986||Robin Inskip, 2nd Viscount Caldecote||DSC, KBE, FREng|
|1986-1991||Sir Denis Rooke||OM, Kt, CBE, FREng, FRS,|
|1991-1996||Sir William Barlow||Kt, FREng|
|1996-2001||Sir David Davies||Kt, CBE, FREng, FRS|
|2001-2006||Alec Broers, Baron Broers||Kt, FREng, FRS|
|2006-2011||John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley||FREng, FRS|
|2011-2014||Sir John Parker||GBE, Kt, FREng|
|2014-||Professor Dame Ann Dowling||DBE, FREng, FRS|
The Sainsbury Management Fellowship was established in 1987 by David Sainsbury (now Lord Sainsbury of Turville) for UK engineering students. SMF annually awards £300,000 worth of MBA (Masters of Business Administration) scholarships to engineers with educational qualifications. It grants an average of ten scholarships each year.
Scholarships are made to engineers who have a track record of achievement in industry. It is desirable that candidates have achieved Chartered Engineers (CEng status) or are making substantial progress towards it. Assessment for the scholarship includes attending an interview panel with members of Sainsbury Management Fellows and Fellows from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
On graduation, the awardees become Sainsbury Management Fellows. Currently SMF has 300 members, with 290 members who graduated from business schools in Europe and the United States and 10 who are studying for their degrees. All Fellows have undergraduate or graduate engineering degrees, as well as their MBA. Most have international experience and are multilingual. Of the business school graduates, 89% are employed in industry or services to industry (of whom 70% are based in the UK or work for UK firms), 10% are in consulting, 12% are in finance and the remaining 6% are in other occupations. Sixty Fellows own and manage SME enterprises. The average age is 37.
SMF set up the Proactive Membership Committee in 2008 to identify and support the nomination of candidates from a range of underrepresented areas, aiming to boost the number of women candidates, engineers from industry, and small and medium enterprises, those from emerging technologies and ethnically diverse backgrounds.
The Academy’s current logo is inspired by human’s first technological advance: the Neolithic hand-axe, which was taken to be a symbol appropriate to the Academy, representative of the ever-changing relationship between humanity and technology.