Dame Ann Dowling has been President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from September 2014. She was appointed a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 1993 (the Department of Engineering is one of the leading centres for engineering research worldwide). Between 1999 and 2000 she was the Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor at MIT, subsequently becoming a Moore distinguished scholar at Caltech in 2001.

When she returned to the University of Cambridge, she became Head of the Division of Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery in the Department of Engineering, becoming UK lead of the Silent Aircraft Initiative in 2003 – a collaboration between researchers at Cambridge and MIT. She became Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 2009.

Dame Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Society and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She has honorary degrees from Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Kent and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.