Professor Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, and NPLML Board member, has been nominated by the Trustee Board of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) as its Presidential candidate for election by Fellows, at the September 2019 AGM. Upon election by the Fellowship, Sir Jim would serve a term of five years and would become the Academy's first Scottish President.
Sir Jim McDonald is one of Scotland's most accomplished engineers, and co-chairs the Scottish Government's Energy Advisory Board, with the First Minister. He is Chairman of the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board and holds senior business appointments with the Weir Group, Scottish Power, the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and NPL.
Sir Jim McDonald says: "It truly is an honour to be considered for the position of President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
"To be recognised by the foremost engineering learned society in the world is both humbling and incredibly flattering. The Academy promotes engineering in all its forms and is a champion for engineering excellence, industrial innovation, societal impact and the nurturing of world-class talent.
"These are all matters I am passionate about and I am also inspired by the Academy's commitment to widening the appeal of engineering, not least for girls and young women, along with those from non-traditional backgrounds.
"Scotland has a strong tradition of engineering excellence – from James Watt to John Logie Baird – and I am proud and delighted to be the first Scot to be nominated for this position. I am hugely thankful to the Trustees for recommending me to the Fellows for consideration."
The Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most talented and successful engineers in the UK to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society.
It gives policy advice to government; it delivers funding and programmes which help exceptional engineering researchers and innovators realise their potential; it promotes engineering to the public and it provides global leadership for the profession.
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20 Feb 2019