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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Professor Lynn Gladden elected Executive Chair of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

As announced on 3 May by Science Minister Sam Gyimah, Professor Lynn Gladden CBE, FRS, FREng has been selected to be the next Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). She will take up the role in October, succeeding Professor Philip Nelson, who will step down at the end of September.

Professor Gladden, former Head of Department at CEB from 2006 to 2010 and a Fellow of Trinity College,  is internationally recognised for her work on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods which have benefited a wide array of industrial processes and contributed to a range of products and process technologies across multiple sectors.

In addition to her own research, she has held a number of research oversight roles. She was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Cambridge from 2010-2016 and she is currently a Judge for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the main mechanism that promotes the UK’s strengths in research and innovation both at home and around the world, and ensures that the UK continues to make the most of its world-leading R&D sector and provide support for researchers and scientists.

EPSRC, UK’s main funder for research across the engineering and physical sciences, supports excellent, long-term research and high-quality postgraduate training, in order to contribute to the economic competitiveness of the UK.

Professor Gladden commented: “EPSRC science delivers world-leading, original thinking in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering that transforms the world we live in, and I am honoured to have been selected to be its new Executive Chair. This is an exciting time to lead EPSRC. In particular, the formation of UKRI offers opportunities for EPSRC science and thinking to expand into new fields through collaboration with partner Councils, and to explore new ways of working to deliver the UK’s Industrial Strategy.”

Sir Mark Walport, UKRI CEO, said: “Professor Lynn Gladden is a world-leading chemical engineer. Her ground-breaking work in academia coupled with her strong collaborations with industry makes her the ideal candidate to lead EPSRC and ensure the wider success of UK Research and Innovation. Lynn will build on the successes of her predecessor, Professor Philip Nelson, who I would like to thank for his exceptional leadership of EPSRC over the last four years and the crucial role he has played in the creation of UK Research and Innovation.”

Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Chemistry (2001) and also Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Engineering (2009), Lynn’s research has focused on advancing magnetic resonance imaging techniques, originally developed for use in the medical environment, and using them in engineering research to gain greater understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena that determine the performance of chemical processes and their resulting products.

Lynn still remains in post as full Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at CEB in addition to her new role at the EPSRC.  On behalf of CEB we would like to congratulate her on this fantastic achievement and wish her the best of luck.

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