Welcome to our new Fellows

Introducing the six new Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales in 2024 who work in engineering.

Professor Sandra Esteves FLSW

Professor in Bioprocess Technology for Resource Recovery: Energy and Materials & Director of the Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion
University of South Wales

Professor Esteves has over 23 years’ experience in biotechnology research, development and deployment. She has directed R&D projects with over £15m of funding from the state and private sectors.

The inventor of two patents and eight trademarks, Professor Esteves was finalist for the BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2019. She also supports biological full-scale infrastructure development nationally and internationally.

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I am delighted to become a member of the LSW as my goals and achievements are reflected in the ethos of the society. I aim to contribute to the Society’s work related to research, knowledge and education, that has to do with biotechnologies when they are placed at the heart of the circular economy and net zero.

Professor Antonio Gil FLSW

Head of the School of Aerospace, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Swansea University

Professor Gil is Professor of Computational Mechanics at the Zienkiewicz Institute for Modelling, Data and AI at Swansea University. With over 20 years of research experience and a vast track record of publications, funding and impact within industry, his contributions have led to fundamental discoveries in the fields of mechanics and robotics. His work has been recognised with prestigious awards such as The UK Leverhulme Prize and The ECCOMAS Olgierd Cecil Zienkiewicz award.

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It is with great honour that I receive this amazing news. To receive such prestigious recognition from Fellow colleagues across Wales is something that I will always treasure whilst serving as an ambassador of the Society worldwide.

Professor Michael Hughes FLSW

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Khalifa University

Professor Michael Hughes’ research in biomedical engineering explores the interaction between cells and electric fields; he uses this to study how cells interact with their environment, to diagnose diseases such as cancer, and to examine ways in which cells use their own electrical properties to interact with other cells. Additionally, he develops the machines needed to make these measurements, and works with companies that have been established to bring his technology to market.

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Professor Aimee Morgans FLSW

Professor of Thermofluids
Imperial College London

Professor Morgans researches fluid dynamics, aeroacoustics and combustion. She obtained MEng and PhD degrees in Engineering at Cambridge University, before joining Imperial College London in 2007, where she became full Professor in 2017. She has held European Research Council ‘Starting and Consolidator’ grants, was elected FREng in 2021 and was awarded the LSW 2023 Menelaus Medal for her work on the instabilities that threaten the structure of gas turbine aero-engines.

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I am delighted to have been elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. My career has been built on the foundation of growing up in Wales and being educated in Welsh state schools, and I look forward to building deeper networks with others who share links with Wales.

Professor Chris Pearce FLSW

Vice Principal (Research & Knowledge Exchange)
University of Glasgow

Professor Pearce has undertaken research in computational engineering. He focuses on modelling complex material behaviour and multi-physics problems. He has applied these techniques to various fields, including civil, nuclear, manufacturing, and biomedical engineering. His work involves novel numerical methods, theoretical advances, and new software tools. He has addressed critical, life-limiting structural integrity issues, most recently applied to civil nuclear reactors in the UK, thereby supporting their ongoing safe operation and securing low-carbon baseload electricity supply.

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Professor Agustin Valera-Medina FLSW

Director, Net Zero Innovation Institute
Cardiff University

Professor Valera-Medina has participated as PI/Co-I on 30 industrial projects. He has published 215 papers (h-index 34) and led Cardiff’s contributions in 10 projects intended to demonstrate ammonia power in thermal systems. As part of various scientific boards and large industrial panels, he has supported two Royal Society policy briefings related to the use of ammonia as an energy vector. He is the principal author of the book Techno-economic challenges of ammonia as energy vector.

Read more about Professor Valera-Medina’s work.