Professor Richard Kitney is a bioengineer whose work focuses on applying engineering and physical science to biology and medicine through design, mathematical modelling and data analysis. Richard as published over 300 papers in the fields of synthetic biology, mathematical modelling, biomedical information systems, medical imaging and the general application of computers to healthcare. He is Founder and Chairman of Visbion Ltd, a biomedical IT company with over 400 systems in 10 countries. Richard’s achievements have been recognised by many academies including the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Medicine, and Richard was awarded an OBE for services to information Technology in Healthcare in 2001.
Professor Rene De Borst is a civil engineer who is known for his work on computational solid mechanics and computational fluid-structure interaction, applied to a wide range of problems in civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering. He joined the University of Sheffield in January 2016 after holding the Regius Chair of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Glasgow since 2012. Rene is the author of a book, has edited thirteen books and conference proceedings, and written over 200 journal papers and 30 book chapters. He has also supervised over fifty PhD students and two dozen post-docs, and twelve of his former students have become full professor.
Professor Robert McMeeking is a mechanical engineer and materials scientist holding professorships at the University of Aberdeen and the University of California, Santa Barbara, teaching mechanics of materials and computational methods. Previous appointments include Acting Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics, Stanford Unviersity (1976-78); Assistant Professor of Theoretical and Applied mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1978-82); and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Materials, University of California (1985 – Present). In 2005, Robert became a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering and was awarded the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal by Brown University in 2007.
Professor Win Rampen is Founder and Chairman of Artemis Intelligent Power, an engineering company spun-out from work at the University of Edinburgh, where he currently holds the Chair of Energy Storage. Win has spent his career developing a new breed of efficient and controllable fluid power machines. The Digital Displacement® machines have been applied in large offshore wind turbines as well as off-road construction machinery. In 2014 he was awarded the I.MechE. Bramah Medal and received the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Prize in 2015. He is a Fellow of both institutions and is also interested in grid-scale energy storage, using pumped heat technology.
Professor Rebecca Lunn’s research is in engineering geosciences, with a particular focus on energy. In 2011, she became the first woman and the first engineer to be awarded the Geological Society’s Aberconway Medal. She has been a member of the Committee for Radioactive Waste Management since 2008 which advices the UK Government on radioactive waste disposal. Lunn’s research interests include: development of subsurface monitoring technologies; design of non-cementitious grouts for ground and rock-fracture sealing; modelling subsurface hydro-mechanics; and improving public and government understanding of science to enable a more-informed debate on the UK’s and Scotland’s energy future.
John Archer was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University from January 1997 until his retirement in July 2006. During Principal Archer’s tenure the University grew substantially with overall student numbers increasing by a third including a doubling of the number of postgraduate students. At the same time Heriot-Watt made considerable advances in research, became recognised as Scotland’s most international university with around thirty per cent of on-campus students from outside the UK, and achieved unparalleled numbers of off-campus students studying Heriot-Watt programmes in well over 100 countries.
Bill Cormie achieved great distinction in a broad range of activities, professionally and through his contributions to the community. His achievements were matched by a balanced and engaging but modest personality that made him many friends and admirers. He was the eldest of four children, from a family with a craftsmanship background. His father, James, was a foreman iron turner, and this may have influenced his choice of a career in civil engineering. After Dumbarton Academy he entered the faculty of engineering at the University of Glasgow and graduated with first-class honours in civil engineering in 1937. He financed his studies by lecturing part-time at Stow College.