Top railway engineer Bridget Eickhoff has been conferred as Honorary Professor at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
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.
Bridget’s professorship commenced in April and will last three years, giving her a close association with Birmingham as one of the leading academic centres of excellence in rail.
The accolade underlines Bridget’s reputation for providing unique insights in engineering, improving the safety and reliability of rail transport across Europe.
Professor Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, said: We are delighted to appoint Bridget as Honorary Professor in Railway Interface Engineering. The appointment formalises the significant and important contribution that Bridget has made to our education and research over a number of years. The appointment comes at a time when BCRRE are launching new MSc programmes in Railway Safety and Control, and formally starting the new UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) – for which RSSB is Founding Partner.
RSSB's director of standards Tom Lee said: This is further, well-deserved recognition for Bridget who is an established thought leader in rail engineering. She has been at the forefront of industry’s work on a range of critical infrastructure and rolling stock issues, and with that she has also made a comprehensive contribution to the body of knowledge and research with prestigious academic partners such as University of Birmingham.
On her conferment, Bridget said: I’m extremely grateful to Professor Clive Roberts and the University of Birmingham for making me an honorary professor – I’m very proud and consider this a real privilege to accept. I look forward to continuing to support work that enhances the influence of railway engineering in both industry and academia.
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