Siemens boss and revolutionary academic named in Royal Academy of Engineering's newest list of Fellows

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Brian Holliday, Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries, and Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Deputy Vice Chancellor University of Wales Trinity Saint David and former president & CEO of NMITE, the new engineering-focused higher education centre in Hereford, are among the 72 newest Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Brian Holliday, MD of Siemens Digital Industries, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Brian Holliday, MD of Siemens Digital Industries, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

The group consists of 60 Fellows, seven International Fellows and five Honorary Fellows, each of whom has 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. This initiative sees the Academy striving for increased representation from women, disabled and LGBTQ+ engineers, those from minority ethnic backgrounds, non-traditional education pathways and emerging industries, and those who have achieved excellence at an earlier career stage than normal.

The new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Academy at a special ceremony in London on 8 November, when each Fellow will sign the roll book. In joining the Fellowship, they will add their unique capabilities to the Academy’s mission to harness the power of engineering to create a sustainable society and an inclusive economy for all.

Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “I am delighted to welcome such an array of enormously talented people to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. From industry and enterprise to education and government – both national and international – these are some of our most pioneering and distinguished engineers and technologists.

“In an uncertain world, one thing is certain – engineering skills, vision and leadership will play a crucial part in addressing the escalating domestic and global challenges that we face today. The combined connectivity, professionalism, experience and wisdom of the new Fellows who join us today will greatly enrich the expertise and support we can provide to the government and to society in general.”

“Engineers have a huge role to play in the future success of our world, from production and helping underpin stable economic growth to decarbonisation," said Brian Holliday. "The Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the best of our profession, championing engineering careers, engineering contribution and engineering diversity. I’m genuinely delighted to be elected a fellow at this time to play my part with the support of Siemens, whose goals are aligned in many ways to those of the Royal Academy of Engineering.”

Also recognised were Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser during the Covid pandemic, who was made an Honorary Fellow, and David Holmes OBE, Advanced Project and Technologies and Manufacturing Director at BAE Systems' Air division.

Full list of winners


Fellows (FREng)

Professor Daniel Alexander

Professor of Imaging Science, Department of Computer Science, UCL; Co-Founder of Queen Square Analytics


Adrian Baguley

Deputy Chief Executive, Defence Equipment & Support, Ministry of Defence


Dawn Bonfield MBE

Director, Towards Vision; Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, King’s College London; Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering, Aston University 


Simon Bowen

Nuclear Industry Advisor to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for BEIS


Professor Ian Chapman

CEO, UK Atomic Energy Authority


Professor Manish Chhowalla

Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science, University of Cambridge


Professor Peter Vivian Coveney

Professor of Physical Chemistry, UCL


Stuart Crooks CBE

Managing Director, Hinkley Point C


Kevin Daffey

Director of Governmental Application Engineering and Automation, Rolls-Royce Solutions


Professor Steve Dixon

Professor and Director of the Centre for Industrial Ultrasonics, University of Warwick


Professor Hongbiao Dong

Professor of Materials Engineering and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, University of Leicester


Professor Suzanne Farid

Professor of Bioprocess Systems Engineering, UCL


Stephen Featherstone

Managing Director, Sachle Consultants Ltd; Chair, Fish Plate Joint Alliance; Non-Executive Director, CC Infrastructure Services


Professor Sebastian Geiger FRSE

Professor for Sustainable Geoenergy, Delft University of Technology


Kuldeep Gharatya

Head of Engineering, Major Programmes Directorate, TfL


Professor Mark Girolami FRSE

Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Cambridge; Chief Scientist, Alan Turing Institute


Professor Susan Gourvenec

Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technology, Intelligent and Resilient Ocean Engineering, University of Southampton


Antony Green

Hydrogen Director, National Grid


Professor Sai Gu

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (China), University of Warwick


Michael Haigh

Chair of the World Economic Forum Infrastructure Industries Governors and the former Chief Executive of Mott MacDonald


Professor Christopher Hancock FLSW

CTO and Founder, Creo Medical Group plc; Chair in Medical Microwave Systems Research, Bangor University


Dr Grahaeme Henderson OBE

Chair, ‘Together in Safety' Global Shipping Industry Foundation


Graham Henley

Senior Vice President Engineering and Projects Capability, Shell


Professor Nicholas Higham FRS

Richardson Professor of Applied Maths and Royal Society Research Professor, University of Manchester


Professor David Hills

Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford


Brian Holliday

Managing Director, Siemens Digital Industries UK


David Holmes OBE

Advanced Project and Technologies and Manufacturing Director, BAE Systems-Air


Professor Brian Hoyle

Professor (part-time), University of Leeds


Professor Bassam Izzuddin

Professor of Computational Structural Mechanics, Imperial College London


Koray Kavukcuoglu

VP of Research & Technology, DeepMind


Professor Kin K Leung

Tanaka Chair in Internet Technology, Imperial College London.


Luke Logan

Director, Luke Logan Consulting Ltd


Wolf Mangelsdorf

Director, Global Head of Design, Technology and Innovation, Buro Happold


Professor Epaminondas Mastorakos

Hopkinson/ICI Professorship of Applied Thermodynamics, University of Cambridge


Professor David Mba

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise), UAL


Professor Derek McAuley

Professor of Digital Economy, University of Nottingham


Chris McDonald

Chief Executive Officer, Materials Processing Institute


Professor Iqbal Mujtaba

Professor of Computational Process Engineering, Associate Dean for Learning, Teaching & Quality, University of Bradford


Professor Arokia Nathan

Co-founder and Director, Cambridge Touch Technologies


Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh

Head of School and Chair of Materials Engineering, University of Edinburgh


Christine Ourmieres-Widener

Chief Executive Officer, TAP Portugal


Dr Yoge Patel

Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Blue Bear Group


Professor Adrian Podoleanu

Head of the Applied Optics Group, Professor of Biomedical Optics, University of Kent


Professor Honor Powrie

Senior Director, GE Aviation


Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon

Deputy Vice Chancellor University of Wales Trinity Saint David


Robert Savidge



Moazzam Shamsi

Global Director, Solutions Architecture, Emerson


Professor Qiang Shen FLSW

Professor of Computer Science and PVC, Aberystwyth University


Gaven Smith

Director General for Technology, GCHQ


Dr Uwe Stein

Director and Chief Engineer, Flowcopter Ltd; Knocktop Ltd


Professor Nikola Stosic

Chair in Positive Displacement Compressor Technology, City, University of London


Professor Danail Stoyanov

Professor of Robot Vision, UCL


Judith Sykes

Senior Director, Expedition Engineering


Professor James Roy Taylor FRS

Professor of Ultrafast Physics and Technology, Imperial College London


Professor Niki Trigoni

Professor and Head of the Cyber Physical Systems, University of Oxford


Professor Sergei Turitsyn

Professor and Director of the Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University


Alexander Van Someren

UK Chief Scientific Advisor National Security; Honorary Professor, University of Manchester


Henning von Spreckelsen

Director, Plastecowood Ltd


Chris Waldon

Chief Engineer and Deputy Director, STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production)


Professor Roger Woods

Professor of Digital Systems, Queen's University Belfast


International Fellows (FREng)

Rebecca Enonchong

Founder and CEO, Appstech


Professor Andrea Goldsmith

Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Princeton University


Professor Chennupati Jagadish

Distinguished Professor, Australian National University


Dr Kinam Kim

Chairman of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics


Dr Mallikarjun Tatipamula

CTO, Ericsson Silicon Valley


Dr Grazia Vittadini

Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Rolls-Royce


Professor Guangwen Xu

President and Professor, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology


Honorary Fellows (HonFREng)


Dr Nike Folayan MBE

Chair and Co-Founder, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK (AFBE-UK); Technical Director, WSP


Professor Hannah Fry

Professor in the Mathematics of Cities, UCL; author and presenter


Indro Mukerjee

Chief Executive Officer, Innovate UK


Damilola Ogunbiyi

CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy


Sir Patrick Vallance Kt KCB FRS FMedSci FRCP

Government Chief Scientific Adviser