Professor Peter Cawley FREng, FRS, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering with effect from 1 October 2012. He will succeed Professor Tony Kinloch FREng, FRS who retires after 28 years of service to Imperial and becomes a Senior Research Investigator.
Professor Cawley joined the College in 1981 as a Lecturer and after a series of promotions was appointed Professor in 1996. He has served as Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since October 2007. Professor Cawley’s research focuses on non-destructive evaluation (NDE), with the aim to solve problems in industrial inspection and monitoring, particularly through the application of sonic and ultrasonic techniques. He is a director of two spin-out companies that commercialise work from his research group and holds a Diploma with Distinction in Teaching and Course Development in Higher Education from the Institute of Education. Professor Cawley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010.