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Professor Sir Jim McDonald inducted as International Member of National Academy of Engineering




Donald Winter, President of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde;  John Anderson, president of the NAE.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, has been inducted as an international member of the US-based National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Sir Jim was inducted in a ceremony in Washington at the 2022 NAE Annual Meeting, hosted by NAE President John Anderson, in recognition of his “contributions to engineering leadership and interdisciplinary education, power systems experts, low-carbon technologies and renewable energies”.

Sir Jim said: “I am humbled and honored to be elected an international member of NAE, an organization which represents professional excellence and the highest quality of research, innovation and education in the field of engineering. .

It was a privilege to attend the NAE Annual Meeting and Ceremony in Washington and to meet and participate in this special occasion with other members.

Engineering Branch

Sir Jim is one of 310 international NAE members worldwide and was inducted alongside other new members including: Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Engineer of SpaceX; former Samsung C&T Executive Vice President Ahmad Abdelrazaq; Norma Clayton, retired vice president of Boeing; Kathleen Bergeron, executive vice president of hardware engineering at Apple; Daniel Hart, President and CEO of Virgin Orbit; and Marian Croak, vice president of engineering at Google.

Founded in 1964, the United States National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service of the United States of America. Its mission is to advance the welfare of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by bringing together the expertise and ideas of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

Graduated three times

Sir Jim is a three-time graduate of Strathclyde having completed his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems and Energy Economics.

He worked in the electrical utility industry for seven years and returned to the University of Strathclyde in 1984 as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering for the University Grants Commission. He was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Professorship in Electric Power Systems in 1993 and became Director and Vice-Chancellor of Strathclyde in March 2009.

In October 2019, Sir Jim was elected Chairman of RAEng, becoming the first Scottish holder of the post. In the Queen’s Jubilee Honors List in 2012, he was awarded a knighthood for his services to education, engineering and the economy.

Sir Jim is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology; he co-chairs, with the First Minister, the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Council; and he is Chairman of the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institute of Physics, Energy Institute, Honorary Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering and Fellow foreigner from the Chinese Society. for electrical engineering.

Sir Jim currently holds several senior non-executive positions on the boards of ScottishPower, the Weir Group and the UK’s National Physical Laboratory. He also chairs two of the pan-Scottish university research pools in energy and engineering.