Nottingham digital economy professor elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Professor Derek McAuley has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his work translating technology research into innovation, business value and real-world impact.

The Royal Academy of Engineering elected 72 leading figures in the field of engineering and technology to its Fellowship. The group consists of 60 Fellows, seven International Fellows and five Honorary Fellows, each of whom has made exceptional contributions to their own sector, pioneering new innovations, leading progress in business or academia, providing high level advice to government, or promoting wider understanding of engineering and technology.

Derek McAuley is Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science and Director of Horizon an interdisciplinary research institute funded through the UKRI Digital Economy programme.

Professor McAuley’s research has contributed to many areas of computer systems engineering, including optical networking, internet technologies, virtualization, operating systems and distributed systems.

This research had also led to Professor McAuley being called upon for policy matters and he served on the Furman panel looking at digital competition that resulted in the UK HM Treasury report Unlocking Digital Competition which has added to a growing number of activities around regulating platforms.

I am honoured to be elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. I am grateful to many colleagues, in both industry and academia, who have guided me in my research career and have been a joy to work with.
Professor Derek McAuley

Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says: “I am delighted to welcome such an array of enormously talented people to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. From industry and enterprise to education and government – both national and international – these are some of our most pioneering and distinguished engineers and technologists.

“In an uncertain world, one thing is certain – engineering skills, vision and leadership will play a crucial part in addressing the escalating domestic and global challenges that we face today. The combined connectivity, professionalism, experience and wisdom of the new Fellows who join us today will greatly enrich the expertise and support we can provide to the government and to society in general.”

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