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Professor of Control Engineering gets industry accolade

15 September 2008

Sarah Spurgeon, professor of Control Engineering at the University of Kent, has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The accolade, described as the highest honour in the discipline, is awarded by nominations from existing fellows.

Up to 60 Fellows are elected each year and the academy said Professor Spurgeon was recognised for her 'fundamental contributions to the development of nonlinear control and estimation methods, from theoretical developments through to trials and subsequent industrial support of technological exploitation.'

Professor Spurgeon said: 'I feel honored and extremely privileged to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the most prestigious engineering institution. It is humbling to receive this acknowledgement from one's peers. Engineering is a hugely enjoyable and rewarding career.'

She added that she is looking forward to playing an active role in the Academy in the future 'There are many great challenges facing our communities and engineers have much to contribute,' she said.

Lord Browne of Madingley, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: 'Our new Fellows are among the very best engineers working in the UK today. They are pushing the technical boundaries across the most challenging fields from medical imaging to aeronautics and energy technology. Together they demonstrate that engineering is at the heart of modern society.'

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