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NPL experts appointed as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Academy celebrates first new Fellows elected under Fit for the Future diversity initiative

NPL’s Chief Scientist Professor JT Janssen and Fellow in Ultrasound Professor Bajram Zeqiri have been appointed as Fellows of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering. The Fellowship recognises outstanding contribution to the engineering industry and represents the highest calibre of researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and industry leaders across the UK.  

Professor Janssen is the Chief Scientist at NPL since 2017 and in the previous 18 years at NPL, he led the development of the novel underpinning quantum electrical metrology infrastructure which has been instrumental in the redefinition of the electrical units in the SI system in 2019.  

In recent years, the capability he established has enabled the development of new quantum products and become an integral part of the multi-million-pound Quantum Technology Initiative and has enabled the UK to become a world-leader in quantum technology applications.  

Professor Zeqiri is NPL Fellow in Ultrasound and Head of Science for Medical Physics as well as a Visiting Professor with the UCL Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. He is a world leader in clinical applications of ultrasonic metrology, with over 80 peer-reviewed publications. Professor Zeqiri’s research has been instrumental in developing devices, calibration methods and specification standards critical to ensuring the safe and effective application of diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound technologies.  

His passion for technical innovation is reflected in a string of patents and broader IP generation and collaboration with industry partners has enabled adoption of his innovative ideas in a range of engineering applications.  

This year, Professors Janssen and Zeqiri join 67 other leading scientists and engineers from the UK and around the world who have also been elected as Fellows in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.  

The new Fellows are the first to reflect the Academy’s Fellowship Fit for the Future initiative announced in July 2020, to drive more nominations of outstanding engineers from underrepresented groups ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2026. This initiative will see the Academy strive for increased representation from women, disabled and LGBTQ+ engineers, those from minority ethnic backgrounds, non-traditional education pathways and emerging industries, and those who have achieved excellence at an earlier career stage than normal. 

On discussing his appointment, Professor Janssen said: “I’m absolutely honoured and delighted to be elected a fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering and look forward to strengthening the link between the Academy and NPL in years to come.”  

On his appointment, Professor Zeqiri said: “I am thrilled to have been elected an FREng. The appointment recognises the quality and impact of NPL’s activity in my technical area where it has been my privilege to work alongside many excellent measurement scientists. I welcome the opportunity of working with the RAE in supporting their mission, which is the promotion of engineering excellence.”  

22 Sep 2021