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Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow 2022

We would like to wish Professor Steve DixonLink opens in a new window a huge congratulations as he has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering during their AGM on 20 September 2022. Steve is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics.

The Royal Academy for Engineering say "The Fellowship is awarded to those who have made exceptional contributions to their own sector, pioneering new innovations, leading progress in business or academia, providing high level advice to government, or promoting wider understanding of engineering and technology. This year’s new Fellows reflect the Academy’s ongoing Fellowship Fit for the Future initiative announced in July 2020, to drive more nominations of outstanding engineers from underrepresented groups ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2026".

Professor Steve Dixon is notable for his internationally pioneering research into techniques for Non-Destructive Testing and ultrasonics and particularly for application of electromagnetic acoustic transducers (EMATs) to industry. This world-leading research led to the award of the Roy Sharpe Prize in 2018 and to being the three-times winner of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing's John Grimwade Medal. He has held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, a Royal Society Industry Fellowship, an EPSRC Established Researcher Fellowship and a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship, which led to him founding the Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics at Warwick University in 2011, focused on delivering measurement solutions to industry. He has worked with numerous companies, especially SMEs, to develop new instrumentation in the area of ultrasonics. He has created successful spin-out companies from his research, further optimising impact in multiple international industrial sectors.

Steve said," My work has focused on the application of Physics to try and tackle some real-world challenges, mainly in the areas of ultrasonic and non-destructive testing. I've been lucky enough to work with many outstanding researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates, tackling some really interesting measurement problems in collaboration with some very supportive and extremely smart industrial researchers, who have worked in organisations of all sizes from micro-companies all the way through to large multinationals. I know that I've learned more from all of these people than they might have learned from me, and it's always a huge privilege to see something that starts of as a research idea, grow and over time evolve into something that is used in real world applications, from industrial processes and safety testing through to medical devices, that can make a real difference to businesses and people. I've really appreciated and have been fortunate to benefit hugely from funding support from a number of organisations including EPSRC, the European Research Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the University of Warwick and many industrial sponsors. "

Steve will formally be admitted to the Academy at a special ceremony in London in November.

21 September 2022.