Becoming a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow is one of the highest honours that an engineer can receive in the UK. Professor Patterson is one of 53 leading engineers elected this year and receives the accolade in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contributions to engineering.
Professor Patterson also holds the AA Griffith Chair of Structural Materials & Mechanics at the University. He is internationally renowned for the development of optical technology in experimental mechanics for advanced manufacturing and structural testing for clients in the aerospace, glass and nuclear industries.
Professor Patterson boasts a long career of engineering achievements including inventing a new technique for quantifying plastic zone size and shape of cracks and the invention of optical nanoscopy for tracking nanoparticles.
He is also an expert in engineering education and has led major Departments of Mechanical Engineering in both the UK and the USA.
His weekly blog Realize Engineering, which launched in 2012, promotes public understanding of engineering and attracts an audience from more than 100 countries.
Professor Patterson said: “I am honoured to have been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Academy of Engineering and I am very proud to join such an esteemed community of inspiring engineers, who like me support the advancement and promotion of excellence in engineering for the benefit of society.”
Sir Jim McDonald FREng FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “As the UK’s National Academy for engineering and technology, we bring together an unrivalled community of leading business people and industrialists, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics from every part of engineering and technology.
“The new Fellows who join us today are among the most talented and successful engineers working in the field today, leaders in areas from transport and our essential data infrastructure to lifesaving developments in medical research. We look forward to working with them and benefiting from their ideas and insight as we strive to inform public debate and provide workable solutions to our shared national and global challenges.”
The announcement was made today (22 September 2020) at the online AGM for the Royal Academy of Engineering and Professor Patterson will now use the postnominal FREng.