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Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FRS FREng

Professor Dame Ann Dowling,  DBE FRS FREng

Head of the Department of Engineering

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Chairman of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce

Fellow of Sidney Sussex College


Ann Dowling is a Fellow of the Royal Society, 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 industry and government advisory committees and and chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering study on nanotechnology. She is currently Chair of Main Panel B: Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Professor Dowling has held visiting posts at MIT (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor, 1999) and at Caltech (Moore Distinguished Scholar 2001).

She was  appointed CBE by the Queen for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002, and DBE for services to Science in 2007.

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

Professor Dowling's 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.  



4A15 Aeroacoustics


  • Combustion
  • Acoustics
  • Flow Instability
  • Energy, transport and urban infrastructure
  • Aircraft noise
  • Combustion instability/thermoacoustics
  • Jet and wind turbine noise
  • Combustion noise

4th Year Project Deadlines

Week 7 Start of Mini-conferences

15th January
Submission of Technical Milestone reports to Group Centre (2 copies).

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