Professor Dame Lynn Gladden, from Cambridge’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, has been appointed as the new chair of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering judging panel.
The QEPrize is the world’s most prestigious engineering prize, celebrating the engineers responsible for ground-breaking innovations in engineering that have been of global benefit to humanity.
The prize aims to raise the public profile of engineering and inspire young people to take up the engineering challenges of the future.
Professor Gladden, who is currently Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), said:
“I am honoured to be asked to Chair the QEPrize judging panel of internationally distinguished engineers.
“It is tremendously stimulating to work with some of the leading engineers of our generation to select winning innovations from among so many excellent nominations.
“The QEPrize is the world’s highest accolade for engineers, recognising the profound effect the profession has across the globe and serving to inspire a new generation of engineers. I look forward very much to our work on the judging panel to find the next winning nomination.”
In addition to her role as EPSRC Executive Chair, Professor Gladden is Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
She is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Professor Gladden is internationally recognised for her work on advancing magnetic resonance imaging techniques, originally developed for use in the medical environment.
She has used them in engineering research to gain a greater understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena that determine the performance of chemical processes and their resulting products.
Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, said: “I am delighted that Dame Lynn has accepted our invitation to lead the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering judging panel as we embark on an exciting new phase for the Prize.
“She is one of the world’s preeminent engineers, and has served on the panel with distinction since the inception of the Prize. We look forward to working with Lynn as Chair of the judging panel.”