Professor Ashutosh Tiwari is one of five University of Sheffield academics elected to Royal Academy of Engineering’s Fellowship

Professor Ashutosh Tiwari from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is one of five academics from the University of Sheffield to have been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in engineering, announced today

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield with four of the academics who have been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering's Fellowship
Four of the academics who have been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering's Fellowship with the University of Sheffield's Vice-Chancellor (end left) and Vice-President for Engineering (end right).
  • Professor Ashutosh Tiwari is one of five academics from the University of Sheffield to have been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering as Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to engineering and technology
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering is one of the world’s leading engineering institutions, with Fellows being elected each year by peer-review
  • The University of Sheffield has more engineers being elected this year than any other UK university, along with Imperial College London
  • Five is believed to be the highest number of academics elected from Sheffield at any one time

Five academics from the University of Sheffield have been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in engineering, announced today (20 September 2023).

Professor Tiwari (Automatic Control and Systems Engineering) is joined by Professor Joby Boxall (Civil and Structural Engineering), Professor Timothy O’Farrell (Electronic and Electrical Engineering), Professor Iain Todd (Materials Science and Engineering) and Professor Keith Worden (Mechanical Engineering) in being elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Fellowship in recognition of their outstanding contributions to engineering and technology.

The Academy is one of the world’s leading engineering institutions. It brings together some of the best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders through its Fellowship, which elects new Fellows each year by peer-review in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.

This year sees five engineers elected from Sheffield - more than any other university in the UK along with Imperial College London. It is believed to be the highest number of academics elected from Sheffield at any one time.

Sheffield’s engineers will be formally admitted to the Academy at a special ceremony in London on 28 November 2023. In joining the Fellowship, the academics will lend their unique capabilities to achieving the Academy’s overarching strategic goal - to harness the power of engineering to create a sustainable society and an inclusive economy for all.

Professor Ashutosh Tiwari is internationally renowned for research in digital manufacturing and works in partnership with industry to develop new techniques and solutions for digitalisation, instrumentation, in-process monitoring and realtime simulation of skill-intensive manufacturing processes, such as wing manufacture and engine assembly. He holds a Royal Academy of Engineering / Airbus Research Chair in Digital Manufacturing, and has a strong track record of leading research and innovation projects across technology readiness levels. He serves on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Strategic Advisory Team for Manufacturing and Circular Economy, is Deputy Director of the EPSRC Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub, and Sheffield Lead of the Made Smarter Research Centre for Connected Factories. He is passionate about training people for manufacturing research.

Prof Tiwari in the lab

Professor Tiwari said: “I am absolutely delighted to be elected as a Fellow of the Academy. My contributions to the research and practice in manufacturing engineering were made possible as a result of the UK manufacturing industry providing me with so many exciting opportunities for collaboration at factory shop floors. I am grateful to the University of Sheffield and our funders for providing such a vibrant research and innovation ecosystem that supports seamless working across university, catapult and industry boundaries. I hope to continue inspiring more and more people to join me in the exciting world of engineering research.”

Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “It is fantastic that so many researchers from Sheffield have been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering this year. Engineering has always been a significant part of the University of Sheffield's identity, and our academics are known around the world for their engineering research and expertise. 

“I am delighted that the Academy has recognised the outstanding dedication, hard work and skills of our engineers, and the positive impact their research has on society.”

Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Vice-President for Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said: “I am really proud to see that five of our academics have been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering this year. The Academy is one of the world’s leading engineering institutions, so for them to recognise so many of our academics at once is a real honour. 

“The University of Sheffield is one of the biggest providers of engineering research and education in the UK, and this award illustrates just how well regarded our engineers are, not only in academia, but throughout industry. 

“Our academics who have been elected are working in a range of disciplines - from electronics, 3D printing and telecommunications to digital manufacturing, structural dynamics and water engineering - all of which bring major benefits to society and the economy. Engineering has a crucial role to play in some of the major challenges of our time and I’m delighted that the work our engineers are doing as part of this has been recognised by the Academy.”


 

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