DfT Science Advisory Council
DfT's Science Advisory Council supports the department on key science and technology issues to make sure our work is of the highest standard.
DfT’s Science Advisory Council provides strategic level scientific advice and challenge to the department. Specific activities include:
- horizon scanning - considering how emerging trends and developments might potentially affect current policy and practice
- reviewing departmental strategic evidence plans
- strengthening links with the academic community
- advising on specific requests from officials
- advising on the quality of evidence processes, capacity and capability within the department
The council provides independent advice and its members come from a mix of transport and non-transport areas.
- Customer satisfaction measures in transport
- Condition monitoring and intelligent infrastructure report
- Annual report, 2015 to 2016
- Annual report, 2014 to 2015
- Professor Robert Mair, CBE, FREng, FRS, Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cambridge
- Paul Stein FREng, Chief Scientific Officer, Rolls Royce
- Peter Jones, Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, University College London
- Paul Newman, BP Professor of Information Engineering, University of Oxford
- Sue Duncan, Visiting Professor of Policy Studies, University of Lincoln
- Barry Clarke, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Leeds University
- Ricardo Martinez-Botas, Professor of Turbo-machinery, Imperial College London
Chair and member biographies
Chair, Professor Lord (Robert) Mair CBE FREng FRS
Professor Lord Mair is the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge University. He was Master of Jesus College 2001 to 2011 and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2008 to 2011.
Before he was appointed to a professorship at Cambridge in 1998 he worked in industry for 27 years, in 1983 founding the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. He is Engineering Adviser to the Laing O’Rourke’s Group.
His research group at Cambridge specialises in the geotechnics of tunnelling and underground construction. He has advised on numerous tunnelling and major civil engineering projects in the UK and worldwide, including the Jubilee Line extension project for London Underground. He introduced the technique of compensation grouting to the UK; this was successfully used to protect Big Ben from movement due to construction of the adjacent Westminster Station and the technique has now been adopted worldwide. He is closely involved with Crossrail, Europe’s largest civil engineering project, and is a member of its Engineering Expert Panel. He gave evidence to the House of Commons and House of Lords Select Committees in connection with the Crossrail Bill.
Professor Lord Mair also leads the Centre on Smart Infrastructure and Construction at Cambridge, involving the innovative use of the latest sensor technologies to monitor the behaviour of civil engineering infrastructure. He chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering report on shale gas for the government, published in 2012.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007 and awarded the CBE in 2010 for services to Engineering. In October 2015 he was appointed an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords.
Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas
Ricardo is Professor of Turbomachinery at Imperial College London, and Head of the Thermofluids Division in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
He leads a research group in the area of low carbon vehicles with particular emphasis to highly downsized engines, turbochargers and energy storage systems. He has developed the area of unsteady flow aerodynamics of small turbines, with particular application to the turbocharger industry. The contributions to this area, centre on the application of unsteady fluid mechanics, instrumentation development and computational methods. The work has attracted support not only from government agencies but also from industry. His group has become a recognised centre of turbocharger turbine aerodynamics, and more particularly in the application experimental methods and one dimensional calculation procedures.
Ricardo has a MEng (Hons) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London. He obtained a DPhil in the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre at the University of Oxford University in 1993. He was appointed lecturer at Imperial College in 1994 and became professor in 2012.
He is the current chair UK University Internal Combustion Engines Group (UnICEG) and he is also vice-Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbomachinery Committee. He is a visiting professor in the University Teknologi of Malaysia and at the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. He has published over 85 journal papers. He is Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Turbomachinery and the IMechE Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science.
Professor Barry Clarke
- is past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and professor of Civil Engineering Geotechnics
- is a founding director of the Institute of Resilient Infrastructure at the University of Leeds
- is a past president of the UK Engineering Professors Council
- represents higher education on the board of CITB ConstructionSkills, the training body for the UK construction industry
- is chair of E4BE, a UK Construction Industry Council led body that focuses on the educational base of professionals working in the built environment
- is a member of the Engineering Strategic Advisory Team of EPSRC, the research funding body for engineering research in the UK
- is chairman of the Engineering Accreditation Board, a body that brings all the UK professional engineering bodies together to address the education of engineers
Professor Peter Jones
Peter Jones is Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, and Director of the Centre for Transport Studies at University College London. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission and co-chairs the DfT’s Joint Analysis Development Panel.
He has a wide range of transport research and teaching interests, covering both analytical methods and policy. These include:
- traveller attitudes and behaviour
- travel trends and the determinants of travel demand
- traffic restraint studies
- accessibility studies
- policy option generation
- major transport economic and social impact studies
- public engagement
- development of new survey and appraisal methods
- advances in urban street planning and design
Peter is a member of the Independent Transport Commission and the Transport for London roads task force; he also chairs the West End Partnership’s Transport Group. He was recently a member of the International Task Force for the Chinese ‘Green Travel in Cities’ initiative, and has carried out various advisory roles for the European Commission and for several national and city governments.
Professor Paul Newman FREng FIET FIEEE
Paul Newman is the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford and an EPSRC Leadership Fellow. He heads the Mobile Robotics Group within the Department of Engineering Science which enjoys a world leading reputation in mobile autonomy - developing machines and robots which map, navigate through, and understand their environments. His focus lies on pushing the boundaries of navigation and autonomy techniques in terms of both endurance and scale.
The Mobile Robotics Group has developed a keen focus on intelligent transport for example the RobotCar and enjoys collaborations with many industrial partners which provide exploitation opportunities to drive the research. In 2014 he founded Oxbotica - a spinout company focussed on Robotics and Autonomous Systems - and was elected fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering with a citation for outstanding contributions to robot navigation.
He obtained an MEng in Engineering Science from Oxford University, Balliol College in 1995. He then undertook a PhD in autonomous navigation at the Australian Center for Field Robotics, University of Sydney, Australia. In 1999 he returned to the UK to work in the commercial sub-sea navigation industry. The navigation software he wrote then was used to repair the Deep Sea Horizon leak in 2010.
In late 2000 he joined the Department of Ocean Engineering at MIT where as a post-doc and later a research scientist, he worked on algorithms and software for robust autonomous navigation for both land and sub-sea agents. In early 2003 he returned to Oxford as a departmental lecturer in Engineering Science before being appointed to a University Lectureship in Information Engineering and becoming a Fellow of New College in 2005, Professor of Engineering Science in 2010 and BP Professor of Information Engineering and Fellow of Keble College in 2012.
Paul Stein FREng
In his early career Paul Stein has held engineering roles with Philips, Thorn-EMI and Thales in the field of radio communications systems. In 1996 he was appointed Managing Director of Roke Manor Research, then a part of Siemens, which developed electronic and software systems as diverse as mobile phone design, automotive radar, internet routers and vision systems. Amongst its more famous developments are the software for the Western Extension Zone to the London congestion charge and ‘Hawk-Eye’, the highly successful ball-sport tracking system. In 2003 he was appointed to the Siemens UK Executive Management Board with special responsibilities for innovation and business strategy.
In 2006 he moved to the UK Ministry of Defence as the Director General, Science and Technology.
In 2010 Paul joined Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, as the group Chief Scientific Officer and in 2016 was appointed Director – Research and Technology. Paul is responsible for the effective investment of Rolls-Royce Research and Technology expenditure, for shaping its innovation strategy and for promoting the technical specialist career path.
Paul is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Professor Eddie Wilson
Eddie Wilson is Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at the University of Bristol and head of the department of Engineering Mathematics. He is an applied mathematician and mathematical and computational modeller by training, with interests across a very wide range of application domains, but with a particular focus on transport; he has worked in highway traffic modelling. An especial interest has been on mathematics applied directly to industrial problem solving.
His current work of direct interest to DfT involves advice to a DfT-sponsored project on use of mobile phone data in transport models (delivered via the Transport Systems Catapult), and an EPSRC project on using MOT data to estimate patterns in national mileage.