Professors Dimitra Simeonidou from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of her outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.

Professor Simeonidou, Director of Smart Internet Lab and the co-Director of Bristol Digital Futures Institute, is an expert in Telecommunications Networks and advancing the fields of Optical, Data Centre and 5G networks. . She was instrumental to enable the UK to lead on 5G deployments involving sectors such as culture/creative, public safety, transport, tourism. Along with co-founding one of the UK’s prominent start-ups specialising in software platforms for smart infrastructures – Zeetta Networks.

First women at Bristol to be elected a Fellow

In 2016, she received the prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for her ‘novel vision for future cities through digital infrastructure programmability’. She is the first woman at Bristol to be awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship

Headshot of Dimitra SimeonidouProfessor Simeonidou said: “I am thrilled to be recognised with this Fellowship and to be joining an organisation that promotes engineering innovation excellence that benefits all. Yet the research that I lead would not be possible without my brilliant research team and academic colleagues within the High-Performance Networks group. This recognition is a mark of their world-leading research in Telecommunication’s’ Networks. Engineers at the University of Bristol are proving that the UK can be a driving force in the development of Future Internet technologies.”

Professor Simeonidou will join the Academy alongside five-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton who has also been admitted to the Academy as an Honorary Fellow in recognition of his role in inspiring interest in engineering, especially among young people.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, added: “Our Fellows are at the heart of all Academy activities and I am delighted to welcome these highly successful, creative and inspiring engineering leaders to the Fellowship.

“There has never been a more important time for the Academy to advance and promote excellence in engineering so that the engineering profession can continue to contribute to societal wellbeing and economic growth.”