Professor Thomas Rodden has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.
Thomas Rodden is Professor of Computing at the University of Nottingham and is currently on secondment to EPSRC, the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, as the council’s Deputy CEO. He is one of fifty leading engineers from the UK and around the world to become a Fellow and will add his expertise to the Fellowship of nearly 1,600 world-leading engineers from both industry and academia.
Election to the Royal Academy of Engineering is one of the highest honours for an engineer in the UK, and there are now 11 Fellows at Nottingham including emeritus professors, underlining the quality of engineering research at the University.
Professor Rodden is an international research leader in the fields of human computer interaction, computer supported cooperative work and ubiquitous computing. His research brings together a range of human and technical disciplines, technologies and techniques to tackle the human, social, ethical and technical challenges involved in ubiquitous computing and the increasing use of personal data. He has developed new methods and techniques, including ethnographic studies and ‘in the wild’ prototyping that are now a standard part of designing interactive systems. He has also overseen the application of these in a wide variety of domains including air traffic control, banking, tourism and disaster response.
Professor Rodden said: “I am delighted to be elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. It is a great honour to be elected by my peers to join the academy and I am gratefully to many colleagues at Nottingham and elsewhere I have worked with over my career”
Dame Jessica Corner , Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Nottingham, said: “To be honoured by the Royal Academy of Engineering is a tremendous accolade. As a Fellow of the Royal Academy, Professor Rodden has been recognised as one of the leading computer scientists and engineers in the world. He joins colleagues at the Faculty of Engineering whose dedication and world-leading discoveries continue to have transformative impacts on societies here in the UK and across the world."
Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “I am delighted to welcome all our new Fellows to the Academy - together they epitomise the very best of UK engineering. Representing the country’s most innovative and creative minds from both academia and industry, the achievements of our new Fellows highlight the critical role engineering has in addressing major societal challenges and ensuring our readiness for the future. We are very much looking forward to working with them as we continue to fulfil our vision of engineering at the heart of a sustainable and prosperous society.”