August 2, 2012, by Fraser

Top engineering honour for Nottingham’s Professor Mike Somekh

Professor Mike Somekh, Director of the Institute of Biophysics Imaging and Optical Science (IBIOS) at The University of Nottingham, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Academy honours the UK’s most distinguished engineers.

Professor Somekh said: “I am pleased to be elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, particularly as the citation acknowledges the efforts my colleagues and I have made to promote the applications of engineering to interdisciplinary research in other fields.

“This will become an increasingly important role for engineers in the coming years.”

Internationally renowned research group

Professor Somekh is co-founder of an internationally renowned research group on biophysics and optical science. He is currently developing novel approaches to characterising engineering and biological structures using both optics and ultrasonics.

His projects include optical characterisation of stem cells for regenerative medicine and a diagnostic chip for detection of neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor Somekh has worked at Nottingham for over 20 years. He completed his undergraduate degree and post-doctorate at Oxford University and his PhD at Lancaster University. He has also previously worked at University College London.

More about the Royal Academy of Engineering

Election to The Academy is by invitation – and is therefore a great honour. Up to 60 Fellows are elected each year from the nominations made by existing Fellows.

Fellows are distinguished with the letters FREng, meaning Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the Academy’s Senior Fellow.

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