Prestigious Fellowship awarded to Bath Engineer

A professor from our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering has been elected a Fellow of the highly prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering.

Professor Tim Ibell was elected to the Fellowship on the back of his world-class work in the field of structural engineering. His primary field of research has been in the structural behaviour and retrofit of concrete buildings and structures, through which he has investigated methods for assessing existing concrete bridges and has worked on the use of fibre-reinforced polymers to strengthen structures.

In other research, Professor Ibell has explored the creation of architecturally-interesting and material-efficient concrete structures using flexible fabric formwork.

Professor Ibell’s research group at Bath has won five best research paper awards and an Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) award for the imaginative use of student learning resources - including online modules in the education of future structural engineers.

Here at Bath, Professor Ibell was Head of the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering when it rose to the top of UK league tables for study, and he has helped to develop a department known around the world for its research in sustainable buildings.

In addition, Professor Ibell is also Vice-President of the IStructE, the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in structural engineering.

Professor Gary Hawley, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, said: “Professor Ibell’s award-winning research and teaching in structural engineering and his leadership in both academia and the profession of structural engineering make him a worthy Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. This is an impressive accolade for Professor Ibell and is highly valued by the University and the Faculty.”

Professor Ibell said: “I am delighted to have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. It is a massive honour and privilege. Many colleagues at Bath and elsewhere have supported me in this nomination, and I am extremely grateful to them all. I hope to contribute to the work of the Academy over the coming years, particularly in the areas of research and education.”

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