Top railway engineer Bridget Eickhoff is one of 54 leading figures from the UK and around the world who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.
Based at rail industry body RSSB as their Principal Infrastructure Engineer, Bridget is renowned as one of rail's leading authorities on the wheel-rail interface, with an impressive career spanning over 40 years, starting at BR Research.
The accolade underlines Bridget’s reputation for providing unique insights in engineering, improving the safety and reliability of rail transport across Europe.
RSSB's director of standards Tom Lee said: “This is fantastic recognition for Bridget, who has been at the forefront of industry’s work on a range of critical infrastructure and rolling stock issues. Her engineering expertise is second-to-none and she is an established thought leader in her field.”
On receiving her Fellowship, Bridget said: “I’m extremely proud to be named as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. The railway is an engineering success story and it’s vital we continue to sell the benefits it brings to wider society, and the opportunity and benefits of a career in engineering.”
You can read more about the Royal Academy of Engineering’s announcement.
About the Royal Academy of Engineering
As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, it brings together the most successful and talented engineers from academia and business – its Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society.
The academy harnesses their experience and expertise to provide independent advice to government, to deliver programmes that help exceptional engineering researchers and innovators realise their potential, to engage the public with engineering and to provide leadership for the profession.
The Academy's Fellowship represents the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders.
Election to the Academy is by invitation only; about 50 Fellows are elected each year by peer review from nominations made by existing Fellows. They are distinguished by the title Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the postnominal FREng.
International and Honorary Fellows are also elected and are distinguished by the postnominal FREng and HonFREng respectively.
HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is our Senior Fellow. HRH The Princess Royal and HRH The Duke of Kent are Royal Fellows.