Professor Mark Rainforth elected Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Mark Rainforth looking at a material structureProfessor Mark Rainforth have been recognised for his contribution to engineering after being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering – the highest accolade in the sector.

The announcement came at the Academy’s 40th AGM on Friday 9 September. Fellowship of the Academy is considered to be one of the highest national honours that an engineer can receive and is awarded to the UK’s most eminent engineers representing the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders.

Professor Mark Rainforth was elected in recognition of his outstanding work in the use of advanced microscopy techniques that bring new insights into the understanding of friction and wear of materials.

An international expert in materials processing, mechanical properties and characterization, much of his research has led to new materials design conceptions being adopted in commercial products within sectors including automotive, aerospace and biomedical materials. Mark is also the Advanced Metals Processing academic champion for the £235m Sir Henry Royce Institute; supporting the transformation of advanced manufacturing in the UK.

It’s an incredibly competitive process to become a Fellow, with only 50 new Fellows selected each year, so I am delighted for Professor Rainforth. Becoming a Fellow of the Academy is a matter of high esteem; it recognises the ingenuity and expertise of our finest engineers and promotes excellence in the profession.

Professor Mike Hounslow / Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engineering at Sheffield

Further information

The first meeting of the Fellowship of Engineering took place on 11 June 1976, when 130 leading engineers of the day were invited to Buckingham Palace by Senior Fellow HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Leading engineers have been elected to the Fellowship every year since and it now consists of around 1500 engineers from across engineering disciplines in both industry and academia.

Professor Mark Rainforth is an alumnus of the Department, having graduated in 1983 with BMet Metallurgy 1st Class Honours.