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Among the fifty leading engineers from the UK and around the world who were elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) last week, was Professor David Jones – Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Students at Queen’s. 

As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, the Royal Academy brings together the most successful and talented engineers from academia and business – the RAE Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society.

The 50 new Fellows were formally admitted to the Academy at the RAE AGM in London (on 18 September), in addition to four International Fellows and one Honorary Fellow, who will add their expertise to the Fellowship of nearly 1,600 world-leading engineers from both industry and academia.

His citation reads: Professor David Jones is an internationally renowned pharmaceutical and biomedical engineer whose research seeks to provide engineering solutions to medical and pharmaceutical problems. These include innovations in the design of drug-containing implants and medical devices to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with medical-device-related infection. Commercialisation of this research is ongoing.

Within the pharmaceutical domain, Professor Jones has developed novel implants for the treatment of local diseases and engineering technologies to develop new dosage forms, including strategies in which drugs of low solubility (which negate their clinical utility) may be developed for clinical usage.

Speaking about the election of the new Fellows, 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.” 

Commenting on his election Professor Jones said: "I am absolutely delighted to have received this recognition from the Royal Academy of Engineering. I feel honoured to have been elected to the Academy and to join the ranks of so many internationally recognised engineers.

“This is a major career highlight for me and it is a major recognition of the academic standing of Queen's University."

David Jones gained a BSc (1st class honours) in Pharmacy (1985), a PhD in Pharmaceutics (1988) and, in 2006, a DSc from Queen’s. From 1989-1992 he was a lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and from 1992-1994 held the position of Head of Formulations at Norbrook Industries Limited (NI).

In 1994 he was appointed to a lectureship at the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s and was promoted to a Senior Lectureship in 1997 and again to a personal Chair (based in the School of Pharmacy). His research concerns the characterisation, formulation and engineering of pharmaceutical materials/dosage forms and biomedical devices.

The author of two textbooks and over 400 research papers/communications and the holder of 6 patents, Professor Jones has been awarded the Lilly prize for pharmaceutical research and the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Award.

A Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Chemist, Professor Jones is an elected Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Member of the Institute of Engineers in Ireland. He was also elected as a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering earlier this year.

He is the Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and is a previous holder of the prestigious position of a Royal Society Industrial Fellow.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is one of the four national academies, along with the British Academy, the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences. The RAE harnesses the experience and expertise of Fellows to provide independent advice to government, to deliver programmes that help exceptional engineering researchers and innovators realise their potential, to engage the public with engineering and to provide leadership for the profession. 

For more information on this year’s new RAE Fellows or for general enquiries on the Royal Academy of Engineering, please contact Siobhan Pipa on: +44 (0)20 7766 0745.

General enquiries to Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office, tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.


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