Professor Dame Julia King has been presented with her DBE at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Professor Dame Julia King

11 December, 2012

Professor Dame King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, received her DBE for services to education and technology in the Queen’s Birthday honours. She was presented with the Award by Her Majesty the Queen, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (November 21).

Professor King has been the Vice-Chancellor of Aston University since December 2006, is a member of the Board of Universities UK and Chair of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, as well as Non- Executive Director of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

She is frequently called upon to advise Government on education and technology issues, and was appointed by the Prime Minister as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador in November 2010. Julia is a member of the Committee on Climate Change, and in March 2007 was appointed by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer to lead the ‘King Review’ to examine the vehicle technologies that could help reduce carbon emissions from road transport.

Speaking about her honour, Julia King said; “I am passionate about engineering, technology and higher education, so it was an extremely great privilege to receive this honour. It’s both recognition for myself and for Aston University and its ethos of combining research with strong links to industry, government and commerce. I was particularly delighted to receive the letter recommending me for a DBE in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.”

Julia King has had a career which combines industry and higher education.  Following an academic career at Cambridge, in1994 she joined Rolls-Royce plc where she held several senior positions including that of Director of Advanced Engineering for the Industrial Power Group.  In 2002 she became CEO of the Institute of Physics, and in 2004 was appointed Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London.

Her academic research includes over 160 papers on fatigue and fracture in structural materials and developments in aerospace and marine propulsion. In 1997 Julia was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 1999 she was awarded a CBE for services to materials engineering


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