College Fellows and Staff

Professor Dame Dowling

Professor Dame Ann P Dowling

Fellow in Engineering

College Room: X5

College Tel: +44 1223 3 38835

Dept. Tel: +44 1223 3 32739


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Personal Biography

Ann Dowling is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She was previously Head of the Department of Engineering and Director of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce.  She has held visiting posts at MIT (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor, 1999) and at Caltech (Moore Distinguished Scholar 2001). Ann Dowling works primarily in the fields of combustion, acoustics and vibration and her research is aimed, in particular, at low-emission combustion and quiet vehicles. She was the UK lead of the Silent Aircraft Initiative, a collaboration between researchers at Cambridge and MIT who released the conceptual design of an ultra-low noise and fuel efficient aircraft, SAX40.


Ann Dowling is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She serves on a number industry and government advisory committees including the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology. She has Honorary Degrees from the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, the Universities of Kent, Leeds and KTH in Stockholm. She was appointed CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and DBE for services to Science in 2007.


Selected Publications

A list of Ann Dowling's publications are available from the web site