Dr Alexander (Sandy) Knowles

Dr Alexander (Sandy) Knowles, a University of Birmingham researcher specialising in high performance 'superalloys' is one of 18 academics awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship.

The Academy’s Research Fellowships are designed to advance excellence in engineering by enabling early-career researchers to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering.

In addition to five years of funding support,  Dr Alexander John Knowles will also receive mentoring from experienced Academy Fellows, providing valuable advice and industry links that will enable the researchers to establish themselves as future leaders in their fields.

Dr Knowles is a lecturer in Birmingham’s School of Metallurgy and Materials. His research is focused on the design & development of new high performance ‘superalloys’ for extreme environments, including nuclear fusion, fission and aerospace gas turbines.

Five of the awards have been made as part of the Academy’s Engineering for Development Research Fellowships. Funded through the government’s Global Challenges Research Fund, these fellowships are awarded to research projects that directly tackle the challenges faced by developing countries and highlight the vital role of engineering in achieving sustainable global development.

Professor Philip Nelson CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships Steering Group, said:

“I am delighted to announce these five-year Research Fellowships to 18 of the most promising engineering academics working in the UK today. Engineering research plays a vital role in addressing societal and industrial challenges, both today and in the future, and the variety and impact of the research being done by these awardees demonstrates the depth and breadth of world-leading engineering expertise we have within our universities.

“We have been able to appoint a record number of new engineering Research Fellowships this year, thanks to the government’s Investment in Research Talent initiative, which has provided the Academy with a significant increase in funding over the next few years to attract and retain the best research talent in the UK and support their work.”

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Royal Academy of Engineering - Academy supports engineering excellence with 18 new Research Fellowships