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Patrick Kniveton is elected president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

23 May 2013

Patrick Kniveton succeeds Professor Isobel Pollock to become the 128th president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Patrick Kniveton
Patrick Kniveton

Patrick Kniveton, who is also Head of Engineering Improvement at Rolls-Royce Marine Power, said he wanted the theme for his Presidency to be about celebrating not just the engineers of the past, but to celebrate the engineers that are making a real difference to people’s lives today and in the future.

“During my Presidency I want to encourage government to continue to work with industry to boost UK engineering and engineering skills," he said. "Without engineers we cannot build a strong economy, nor build the large-scale infrastructure projects needed to revitalize our transport, energy and manufacturing industries. I also want to work hard to help SMEs and to ensure the Institution works with industry to lead the development of new engineering business ventures.”

During his career, Patrick Kniveton led the installation for the Isaac Newton Telescope and developed revolutionary traffic signal technology in the 1990s which is still in use today.

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