|Legal status||Royal Charter|
|Purpose||To advance and promote excellence in engineering|
|3 Royal Fellows, 1,541 Fellows|
|Professor Sir James McDonald|
|Dr Hayaatun Sillem|
|Board of Trustees|
The Academy was founded in June 1976 as the Fellowship of Engineering with support from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who became the first Senior Fellow and remained so until his death. The Fellowship was incorporated and granted a Royal Charter on 17 May 1983 and became the Royal Academy of Engineering on 16 March 1992. It is governed according to the Charter and associated Statutes and Regulations (as amended from time to time).
Conceived in the late 1960s, during the Apollo space programme and Harold Wilson’s espousal of ‘white heat of technology’, the Fellowship of Engineering was born in the year of Concorde's first commercial flight.
The Fellowship's first meeting, at Buckingham Palace on 11 June 1976, enrolled 126 of the UK's leading engineers. The first fellows included Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, the jet engine developer, the structural engineer Sir Ove Arup, radar pioneer Sir George MacFarlane, the inventor of the bouncing bomb, Sir Barnes Wallis, and father of the UK computer industry Sir Maurice Wilkes. The Fellowship's first President, Lord Hinton, had driven the UK's supremacy in nuclear power.
The Fellowship focused on championing excellence in all fields of engineering. Activities began in earnest in the mid-1970s with the Distinction lecture series, now known as the Hinton lectures. The Fellowship was asked to advise the Department of Industry for the first time and the Academy became host and presenter of the MacRobert Award.
In the 1980s, the Fellowship received its own Royal Charter along with its first government grant-in-aid. At the same time it also received significant industrial funding, initiated its research programme to build bridges between academia and industry and opened its doors to International and Honorary Fellows.
The Academy's increasing level of influence – in policy, research and education – was recognised when it was granted a royal title and became The Royal Academy of Engineering in 1992.
The Academy's current logo is inspired by the Neolithic hand-axe, humans' first technological advance, which was taken to be a symbol appropriate to the Academy, supposedly representative of the ever-changing relationship between humanity and technology.
The Academy's premises, 3-4 Carlton House Terrace, are in a Grade I listed building overlooking St James's Park, designed by celebrated architect John Nash and owned by the Crown Estates. The Academy shares the Terrace with two of its sister academies, the British Academy and the Royal Society as well as other institutes.
The building was renamed Prince Philip House, after renovation works were completed in 2012.
The Academy is instrumental in two policy alliances set up in 2009 to provide coherent advice on engineering education and policy across the profession: Education for Engineering and Engineering the Future.
The Academy is one of four agencies that receive funding from the UK's Department for Business Innovation & Skills for activities that support government policy on public understanding of science and engineering.
As part of its programme to communicate the benefits and value of engineering to society, the Academy publishes a quarterly magazine, Ingenia . The Academy says that Ingenia is written for a non-specialist audience and is "aimed at all those with an interest in engineering, whether working in business and industry, government, academia or the financial community". The Academy also makes Ingenia available to A-Level students in 3,000 schools in the UK.
The President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the elected officer of the Academy, presides over meetings of the Council. The President is elected for a single term of not more than five years.
|1976-1981||Christopher Hinton, Baron Hinton of Bankside||OM, Kt, KBE, FREng, FRS|
|1981-1986||Robin Inskip, 2nd Viscount Caldecote||DSC, KBE, FREng|
|1986-1991||Sir Denis Rooke||OM, Kt, CBE, FREng, FRS,|
|1991-1996||Sir William Barlow||Kt, FREng|
|1996-2001||Sir David Davies||Kt, CBE, FREng, FRS|
|2001-2006||Alec Broers, Baron Broers||Kt, FREng, FRS|
|2006-2011||John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley||FREng, FRS|
|2011-2014||Sir John Parker||GBE, Kt, FREng|
|2014-2019||Professor Dame Ann Dowling||OM, DBE, FREng, FRS|
|2019-||Sir Jim McDonald||Kt, FREng, FRSE|
The Fellowship currently includes over 1,500 engineers from all sectors and disciplines of engineering. The Fellows, distinguished by the title Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and the postnominal designation FREng, lead, guide and contribute to the Academy's work and provide expertise.
The Academy strives to ensure that the pool of candidates for election to The Fellowship better reflects the diverse make-up of society as a whole. It set up the Proactive Membership Committee in 2008 to identify and support the nomination of candidates from underrepresented areas, with the aim of boosting the number of women candidates, engineers from industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, those from emerging technologies and ethnically diverse backgrounds.