Royal Academy of Engineering

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Royal Academy of Engineering
Royal Academy of Engineering logo.svg
FormationJune 1976
Legal statusRoyal Charter
PurposeTo advance and promote excellence in engineering
Headquarters London, SW1
Location
  • Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Membership
3 Royal Fellows, 1,541 Fellows
President
Professor Sir James McDonald FRSE FREng
CEO
Dr Hayaatun Sillem
Main organ
Board of Trustees
Website www.raeng.org.uk

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) is the UK's national academy of engineering.

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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 remained so until his death. The Fellowship was incorporated and granted a Royal Charter on 17 May 1983 and became the Royal Academy of Engineering on 16 March 1992. It is governed according to the Charter and associated Statutes and Regulations (as amended from time to time). [1] [2]

History

Conceived in the late 1960s, during the Apollo space programme and Harold Wilson’s espousal of ‘white heat of technology’, the Fellowship of Engineering was born in the year of Concorde's first commercial flight. [3]

The Fellowship's first meeting, at Buckingham Palace on 11 June 1976, enrolled 126 of the UK's leading engineers. [4] The first fellows included Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, the jet engine developer, the structural engineer Sir Ove Arup, radar pioneer Sir George MacFarlane, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, Sir Barnes Wallis, and father of the UK computer industry Sir Maurice Wilkes. The Fellowship's first President, Lord Hinton, had driven the UK's supremacy in nuclear power. [5]

The Fellowship focused on championing excellence in all fields of engineering. Activities began in earnest in the mid-1970s with the Distinction lecture series, now known as the Hinton lectures. The Fellowship was asked to advise the Department of Industry for the first time and the Academy became host and presenter of the MacRobert Award. [6]

In the 1980s, the Fellowship received its own Royal Charter along with its first government grant-in-aid. At the same time it also received significant industrial funding, initiated its research programme to build bridges between academia and industry and opened its doors to International and Honorary Fellows. [7]

In 1990, the Academy launched its first major initiative in education, Engineering Education Continuum, which evolved into the BEST Programme [8] and Shape the Future and Tomorrow's Engineers. [9]

The Academy's increasing level of influence – in policy, research and education – was recognised when it was granted a royal title and became The Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992. [10]

The former logo REng-Old-Logo.jpg
The former logo

The Academy's current logo [11] is inspired by the Neolithic hand-axe, humans' first technological advance, which was taken to be a symbol appropriate to the Academy, supposedly representative of the ever-changing relationship between humanity and technology. [12]

Location

The Academy's premises, 3-4 Carlton House Terrace, are in a Grade I listed building overlooking St James's Park, designed by celebrated 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, [13] after renovation works were completed in 2012.

Activities

The Academy is instrumental in two policy alliances set up in 2009 to provide coherent advice on engineering education and policy across the profession: Education for Engineering [14] and Engineering the Future. [15]

The Academy is one of four agencies that receive funding from the UK's Department for Business Innovation & Skills for activities that support government policy on public understanding of science and engineering. [16]

As part of its programme to communicate the benefits and value of engineering to society, the Academy publishes a quarterly magazine, Ingenia . The Academy says that Ingenia is written for a non-specialist audience and is "aimed at all those with an interest in engineering, whether working in business and industry, government, academia or the financial community". The Academy also makes Ingenia available to A-Level students in 3,000 schools in the UK.

Presidents

The President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the elected officer of the Academy, presides over meetings of the Council. The President is elected for a single term of not more than five years.

YearsPresident
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,
1991-1996Sir 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
2014-2019 Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM, DBE, FREng, FRS
2019- Sir Jim McDonald Kt, FREng, FRSE

Fellows

The Fellowship currently includes over 1,500 engineers from all sectors and disciplines of engineering. The Fellows, distinguished by the title Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and the postnominal designation FREng, lead, guide and contribute to the Academy's work and provide expertise. [17]

The Royal Fellows of the Academy are the Duke of Kent and the Princess Royal.

Diversity

The Academy strives to ensure that the pool of candidates for election to The Fellowship better reflects the diverse make-up of society as a whole. It set up the Proactive Membership Committee [18] in 2008 to identify and support the nomination of candidates from underrepresented areas, with the aim of boosting the number of women candidates, engineers from industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, those from emerging technologies and ethnically diverse backgrounds. [19]

Awards and prizes

See also

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