Dame Ann Dowling is Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge where she is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chairman 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). Her research is primarily in the fields of combustion, acoustics and vibration and is aimed at low-emission combustion and quiet vehicles. She is one of the founders of the Energy Efficient Cities initiative in Cambridge and was the UK lead of the Silent Aircraft Initiative, a collaboration between researchers at Cambridge and MIT.
Ann Dowling is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She has an Honorary ScD degree from Trinity College Dublin. Ann has served on a number of industry and government advisory committees and is a non-executive director of BP plc. She was appointed CBE by the Queen for services to mechanical engineering in 2002, and DBE for services to science in 2007.