Professor Adrienne Houston CEng

Professor Adrienne Houston

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor

Contact details

School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a mechanical engineer, entrepreneur and visiting professor. I am committed to promote diversity in the engineering profession, help embed inclusivity and equality into the curricula and support under represented student groups.


  • PhD in Physics, 1999
  • MEng (Hons), Budapest Technical University, 1997
  • BEng (Hons) Integrated Engineering, Nottingham Trent University, 1996
  • Chartered Engineer, Institute of Engineering and Technology


Adrienne played a key role in the development and manufacturing of a wide range of vacuum pumps and low pressure compressors. Her work on vacuum systems and vacuum evaporator technologies made her company’s success. Her journey as a female engineer, business owner, and visiting professor showcases her dedication to advancing technology, fostering innovation, and educating future generations in the exciting world of vacuum engineering.

As a female business leader in traditionally male-dominated field, she has become a role model for aspiring female engineers and entrepreneurs. Her passion for education and mentorship drives her to make a meaningful impact in academia.