Professor David Butler, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

World-leading engineer from the University of Exeter elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor David Butler, Director of the internationally-leading Centre for Water Systems, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The prestigious Fellowship is the highest honour available for a UK engineer. Professor Butler is one of 50 new Fellows elected by The Royal Academy of Engineering, comprising of some of UK’s leading engineers from world-leading engineering companies and distinguished academics from renowned research institutions.

The citation for Professor Butler’s Fellowship described him as a “leading international authority in water engineering renowned world-wide for his outstanding contributions to urban water management.”

It highlights his new infrastructure design approaches and water demand management innovations, as well as “important and sustained contributions” to engineering best practice.

Professor Butler said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected by the Royal Academy of Engineering. It is the highest honour that can be bestowed on an engineer in this country, and is testament to the world-class research and innovations that are taking place not just in the Centre for Water Systems, but also at the University of Exeter.”

Professor Butler joins around 1500 other Fellows at the Academy, with new members elected annually to join the Fellowship in recognition of their outstanding contributions to engineering.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The commitment and energy of our Fellows is the lifeblood of our Academy. Our new Fellows join us today as the country’s most innovative and creative minds from both academia and industry. We look forward to working with them, learning from their successes and drawing on their considerable expertise as we continue our work to promote engineering at the heart of society.”

Date: 22 September 2015

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