A historic post at the University has its ninth incumbent, some 145 years after it was created by Queen Victoria.
Professor Jason Reese is Edinburgh’s new Regius Professor of Engineering.
The distinguished academic hopes to be an ambassador for engineering not only in academia, but also to wider society and to government.
Professor Reese, who joins Edinburgh from the University of Strathclyde, takes over the post from recently retired Professor Peter Grant.
He sees his new role as a platform from which to motivate and inspire people to seek engineering solutions to fundamental challenges facing the world in the 21st century.
Having graduated in physics from Imperial College London, Professor Reese completed his masters and doctoral research in applied mathematics at the University of Oxford in 1993.
Subsequently he held posts at the Technical University of Berlin, the Universities of Cambridge and Aberdeen, and King’s College London before joining Strathclyde.
In addition to his research and teaching on fluids engineering at the very smallest scales, Professor Reese co-founded Brinker Technology Ltd, a company that developed novel leak detection and sealing systems for oil and gas pipelines and wellheads.
Jason Reese is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and of the Institute of Physics.
As Regius Professor I want to be an advocate and ambassador for cutting-edge engineering in the UK, and I will work to set the agenda and to raise aspirations in engineering teaching and research, both within and beyond the University of Edinburgh. Over the next few years I want to engage as widely as possible with society, and be a voice of engineering to policymakers and the public.