Two members of UCL Engineering were among the 59 new fellows elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering this week. Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Engineering, and Paul Wrobel, Professor of Naval Architecture, join many of their colleagues at UCL in this association of the UK’s most distinguished engineers.
Paul Wrobel is distinguished for his contributions to many Royal Navy programmes in a career spanning the Ministry of Defence, industry and academia. He was one of the first to see the cost benefit of building warships to commercial standards – specifically for HMS Ocean (LPH) and subsequently HMS Albion & Bulwark (LPDs). He was Technical Director at Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd during the peak of the TRIDENT submarine programme responsible for the engineering disciplines.
He led a multi-national team for the newly formed Thales Naval Limited, winning the competition for the design of the Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) – the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers. He joined QinetiQ at the beginning of 2004 as the Director of Naval Programmes: responsible for setting strategy across the Naval Domain and acting as a catalyst to transform the business into a successful international industrial partner. Now in academia, he is the leader across five Universities of the EPSRC & Industry co-funded project into “Low Carbon Shipping”.
Further information about can be found on Paul Wrobel’s webpage.
Distinguished for his contributions to research in software engineering, Anthony Finkelstein has played a principal role in establishing the area of requirements engineering, a systems and software engineering process which covers all of the activities involved in determining, documenting and maintaining a set of requirements for a computer-based system. His professional and academic leadership in the software engineering community both nationally and globally is well known and he has encouraged knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship. He has founded or been a director of several spin-out companies, including UCL Consultants, Systemwire Ltd, Message Automation Ltd and npcomplete Ltd. He currently serves on the board of UCL Business.
Professor Finkelstein said:
“I’m honoured to receive this recognition and join such distinguished company, some of whom I have worked with before and others I look forward to getting to know. Our faculty shares many objectives with the Academy: it is crucial that the engineering community works together if we want to change the world.”