Professor elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor of Ophthalmic Bioengineering and member of St Paul's Eye Unit charity, The Professor Rachel WilliamsFoundation for the Prevention of Blindness, Rachel Williams has been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Professor Williams is one of 50 leading engineers from the UK and around the world who have been elected to join the Fellowship in 2018 in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.

As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most talented and successful engineers to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. The Academy’s Fellowship represents the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. Election to the Academy is by invitation only.

Professor Williams is a Professor of Ophthalmic Bioengineering in the Department of Eye and Vision Science, Institute Research Lead and Deputy Head of the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease. She works closely with clinical colleagues in St Paul's Eye Unit on several cross-disciplinary projects. Currently an EPSRC Engineering for Growth fellow working on ‘Building advanced materials to treat vision loss'.

Professor Williams was funded for many years by the Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness and works on a number of Foundation funded projects.  As member of the Foundation's Management Committee she helps peer review requests for funding to ensure the donations that people make to the charity make are effectively utilised for the purposes intended. 

Of the Fellowship Professor Williams, said: “I was honoured and delighted to accept the Fellowship. I look forward to playing a more active part in the affairs of the Royal Academy.”

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.”