Double Fellowship honour for UON Laureate Professor
University of Newcastle Laureate Professor Scott Sloan is one of only three International Fellows elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering for 2015.
This prestigious appointment brings together the world's most talented and successful engineers to advance and promote excellence in engineering.
In 2015, 50 new Fellows have been appointed to the Royal Academy of Engineering, representing the cream of the engineering profession.
"The commitment and energy of our Fellows is the lifeblood of our Academy. Our new Fellows join us today as the country's most innovative and creative minds from both academia and industry.
"We look forward to working with them, learning from their successes and drawing on their considerable expertise as we continue our work to promote engineering at the heart of society," said Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
There are 1500 distinguished Fellows at the Academy, with new members elected annually to join the Fellowship in recognition of their outstanding contributions to engineering.
The Academy has a Royal Charter to build research bridges between academia and industry and first opened its doors to Fellows outside the UK in the 1980s.
This has been an incredible year of accomplishment for Professor Sloan, having also been elected to The Royal Society, a fellowship of the world's most eminent scientific minds, earlier this year.
"I'd like to store 2015 and keep replaying it," Professor Sloan said, "as it comes hot on the heels of my election as a Fellow of the Royal Society in July". "This appointment is a particular honour as I was elected as an International Fellow, which means you're competing against other non-British engineers from across the globe".
Professor Sloan, who leads the Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering at the University of Newcastle, is a pioneer of new methods that enable engineers to predict the collapse states of geostructures such as tunnels, dams, highways and foundations. These methods have delivered a new tool for engineers to design cheaper and safer civil infrastructure across the globe.