We are pleased to announce that Professor Patrick Keogh from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The citation for Professor Keogh included that he “has made an outstanding contribution to progress in the manufacturing industry and currently in academia. Eminent for his seminal contributions to the design of high speed rotating machinery through his fundamental studies of thermoelastic contact dynamics, control and tribology. Distinguished for promoting new methods in industrial practice through UK and international professional bodies.”

Fifty-three of the UK’s leading engineers were elected to the Academy at its annual general meeting in July.

Lord Browne of Madingley, President of Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The expertise of our Fellows is a unique national resource. We want to see that expertise is brought to bear at a much earlier stage of policy development – to ensure that policy is workable, sustainable and affordable.

“While business itself remains the prime vehicle for wealth creation, government can and must do a lot more to foster the right climate for success. Thanks to our network of Fellows with their unrivalled experience in engineering business and research, we are uniquely placed to help government understand the needs of business.”

Professor Keogh spent eight years in the Engineering Research Centre of Alstom before joining the University.

His current research interests span the machine systems and mechatronic areas, which have relevance for the future requirements of high speed machinery.

In recognition of his election, Professor Keogh said: “This is a great honour and I am delighted that it recognises the excellent research that is being undertaken in the Faculty of Engineering.”

Professor Gary Hawley, Dean of the Faculty, added: “Patrick is well deserving of this most prestigious award. His research has pioneered new approaches, especially in the area of optimised control of multi-actuator systems to mitigate vibration in complex machines.”