Professor Ed Tarleton, Supernumerary Fellow in Maths for Materials, appointed Senior Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

We are pleased to announce that Professor Ed Tarleton, St Anne’s Supernumerary Fellow in Maths for Materials, has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Only three of these Fellowships have been awarded in what the Academy calls one of its “strongest ever” application fields. Professor Tarleton will be the UKAEA / Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Materials Modelling for Fusion Energy.

Commenting on the latest announcement of five new Research Chairs and three Senior Research Fellows, Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng FLSW, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University and Chair of the Academy’s Research Committee, says: “It is very encouraging that one of the Academy’s longest established funding programmes—now in its 35th year—received among its strongest set of applications to date and the number of awards we have made this time reflects this. I remain endlessly impressed at just how creative engineers are at investigating solutions to real-world problems and these projects will deliver societal benefit not only in the UK but also globally. The partnerships that support innovative engineering like this are vital to our future health and prosperity and the Academy values them very highly.”

Professor Tarleton will be working on STEP. STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) is an ambitious programme to deliver a prototype fusion reactor which paves the way for commercial reactors. This fellowship will apply the latest breakthroughs in materials modelling to simulate the behaviour of irradiated engineering alloys to help guide the design of STEP and contribute to making fusion energy a reality.

Many congratulations to Professor Tarleton!