If we are to meet the carbon reduction targets set by Government, we need to reduce vehicle emissions dramatically and as a matter of urgency, so says Julia King in her contribution to The New Optimists. And she knows a thing or two about such matters. She’s author of HM Treasury King Review and is on the Committee for Climate Change.
Professor King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, is an engineer with over 160 published papers on fatigue and fracture in structural materials, and developments in aerospace and marine propulsion technology. She has held a number of senior posts in both industry and academia.
She was awarded a DBE in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
After sixteen years as an academic researcher and university lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities, Julia King joined Rolls-Royce plc in 1994. At Rolls-Royce she held a number of senior executive appointments, including Director of Advanced Engineering for the Industrial Power Group, Managing Director of the Fan Systems Business, and Engineering Director for the Marine Business. In 2002 Julia became Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, and in 2004 she returned to academia as Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London. In December 2006 she became Vice-Chancellor of Aston University.