Ann Dowling

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(academic, engineer)
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Born15 July 1952
Alma materUrsuline College (Westgate-on-Sea), Girton College (Cambridge)
Member ofBP/Board
Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, on the board of BP. Attended the 2015 Bilderberg

Dame Ann Patricia Dowling is a British engineer and administrator. She is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering,[1][2] and from 2009 to 2014 she was Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge,[3] where she was the first female professor in 1993.[4] She was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2014–2019.[2]

From 2012, she has been a non-executive director of BP. She attended the 2015 Bilderberg.


Dowling was educated at Ursuline Convent School, Westgate, Kent[5] and the University of Cambridge (as a member of Girton College), where after studying mathematics at undergraduate level, and following a summer job at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, she was awarded a PhD degree in 1978.[6] Dowling's doctorate was in aeroacoustics, specifically on the Concorde noise problem.[7]


Dowling's research career has been at University of Cambridge starting as a research fellow in 1977[8] but she has held visiting posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the California Institute of Technology [8] Dowling is one of four main panel chairs for the Research Excellence Framework.[9] She has researched combustion, acoustics and vibration, focusing on efficient, low-emission combustion and reduced road vehicle and aircraft noise.

On 3 February 2012, the oil company BP announced that Dowling was to become a non-executive director with immediate effect.[10] She has been a non-executive board member at BIS since February 2014.[11]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/201511 June 201514 June 2015Austria
The 63rd meeting, 128 Bilderbergers met in Austria