London Underground head of tunnel Keith Bowers is one of 50 people who have been elected to become fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Bowers and the other new fellows will be formally admitted to the academy at its AGM in London today.
Royal Academy of Engineering president Dame Ann Dowling said: “Since 130 engineers were first called together in 1976 to form the Fellowship of Engineering, our fellows have come together to advance and promote excellence in engineering. I’m so proud to welcome our new fellows, who represent the very best of UK engineering. From technology giants to our universities’ finest minds, our new Fellows demonstrate how engineering is tackling some of the biggest challenges facing the world. I look forward to working with them as we continue to make the UK a leading nation for engineering innovation and businesses.”
According to the academy, Bowers was elected to fellowship because he has played a leading role in developing London Underground’s risk-based engineering management to support successful delivery of London Underground’s large and complex capital programme. The academy also said that Bowers has promoted technological development and more efficient construction through the controlled adoption of new technologies.
Before joining London Underground Bowers was an associate director at Arup where he work as discipline lead on several high profile tunnelling projects, including Channel Tunnel Rail Link and King’s Cross. He also spent over 10 years engaged in tunnelling-related research at the Transport Research Laboratory.