One of the UK’s leading offshore renewable energy academics has been admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Professor Deborah Greaves OBE has been working in the sector for more than two decades and is currently heading a £9million programme pulling together the country’s foremost figures in wave, tidal and offshore wind.
She now joins the ranks of an invitation-only body which represents the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders, and aims to use the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and create an inclusive economy that works for everyone.
Since arriving in Plymouth in 2008, Professor Greaves has consistently pioneered new technology and won high-profile awards in recognition of her work.
She has developed novel types of wave energy converter, analysis methods for offshore renewable energy farms, and extreme wave-structure interactions, while combining hydrodynamics experiments in the University’s COAST Laboratory with numerical modelling.
She has also led national and international research initiatives, including being selected by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to head its Supergen ORE Hub, provided expert advice to organisations across industry and society, and is a strong advocate for women in STEM subjects.
Professor Greaves was made an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and was also listed by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) among its Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability. She said: