A nuclear energy and aviation expert from Coventry University has been named among the UK’s top engineers with the award of a prestigious Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Professor Michael Fitzpatrick, Coventry University’s pro-vice-chancellor for engineering, environment, and computing, has received the award, one of the highest national honours an engineer can receive.
Fellows are nominated by their peers based on their engineering accomplishments.
Professor Fitzpatrick has published over 260 research papers and is among a few experts awarded fellowships this year.
His research focuses on structural integrity, and over the years, he has worked closely with the nuclear and aviation industries, both high-tech sectors where safety is critical.
He is also a Director of Feraru Dynamics Ltd, a University spin-out focused on preventing vibration-related injury in manufacturing and construction.
The Royal Academy of Engineering champions excellence in all fields of engineering.
Professor Fitzpatrick, formally elected to the Fellowship on 19th September, said: “I’m delighted to receive this recognition from the senior engineering community. I hope it shows that I have positively impacted the engineering industry and supported the next generation of engineers. I’ve been lucky enough to build great relationships with organisations such as Airbus and the US Air Force Research Laboratory, being able to deliver technical solutions for them.
“I hope this award also demonstrates that Coventry is an institution where engineers can thrive and succeed.”
Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “Engineering is everywhere, but nowhere the same, and our new Fellows represent the great breadth and diversity of engineers who are striving to address some of the world’s most complex challenges – benefiting society and the economy in the process. From next-generation power networks and water systems to quantum computing and artificial intelligence, our new Fellows are shaping the future.
“We live in an era of rapid change across our communities, country, and planet. Today, we welcome to our Fellowship an inspiring group of people harnessing their creativity, courage and commitment to drive positive change in the world. We look forward to their contribution to our work.”
In joining the Fellowship, Professor Fitzpatrick will support the Academy’s mission to harness the power of engineering to create a sustainable society and an inclusive economy for all.