A LEADING UK scientist has become Britain’s first Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering, after being elected into the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Adisa Azapagic, who leads the Sustainable Industrial Systems research group at Manchester University, is world renowned for her work on lifecycle analysis of products and industrial processes, and has won numerous awards for the development of the CCaLC (Carbon Calculations over the Life Cycle) carbon footprinting tool. CCaLC enables swift analysis of sustainability by measuring greenhouse gas emissions along supply chains, from extraction of raw materials and manufacture of products right through to their use and disposal.
Other work by Professor Azapagic in the sustainability area has included assessments of the sustainability of nuclear power and renewable energy as well as on urban and indoor pollution. Currently, she is Co-Director of the £7.5m Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains, funded by UK Research Councils. She also chairs the Sustainability Section of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).
She said: “I am honoured to have been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. I am particularly pleased that sustainability has been recognised as an integral and important part of engineering and I look forward to working with the Academy on helping engineers embed sustainability into their everyday practice.”
In total, 60 new Fellows were elected at the Royal Academy of Engineering AGM. They include some of the UK's most accomplished engineers from academia and business; five new International Fellows and one Honorary Fellow.
Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “We warmly welcome our new Fellows to the Academy. With their expertise, knowledge and vision we will continue to strengthen our ambition of providing authoritative, impartial, and expert engineering advice to government and to develop the Academy’s growing impact and influence on a global stage.”