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Distinguished female engineer and a leading businessman to be honoured by Queen's University

Distinguished female engineer and successful Belfast-born businessman receive honours

One of the most respected engineers in the UK and a leading Northern Ireland businessman are to be honoured by Queen's University today.

Currently serving as president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor Dame Ann Dowling embarked on a distinguished career by becoming the first female Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where she also studied.

She has held visiting posts at MIT and Caltech in the USA, and continues to research and teach at Cambridge.

She is best known, however, as an international authority on aircraft acoustics, combustion and vibration, and leads research into how to cut down on noise levels at airports, especially for people living in the immediate vicinity.

Speaking of her honorary DScEng, Dame Ann said: "To receive this recognition from such a prestigious university, and a university with such a fine heritage that's known for its engineering pedigree going back 160 years, is a considerable honour. I very much look forward to sharing this special occasion with students who will be graduating on the same day."

One of Northern Ireland's most successful exports, Shaun T Kelly, will also be honoured today for his contribution to the local economy and fostering of business in Northern Ireland.

Originally from west Belfast, Shaun graduated with a first class honours in commerce from University College, Dublin.

Most recently, he has served as vice chairman of operations for KPMG in the United States, and as chief operating officer for KPMG International's Americas region.

While Shaun's responsibilities with KPMG took him to America in the early 1980s, he has remained a prominent figure in Irish-American circles and the business community. He has been featured in Irish America Magazine's Wall Street 50 each year since 2009.

Never forgetting his roots, Shaun has remained committed to strengthening investment and growth in his home country.

He was involved in a working group to develop economic support in Northern Ireland and continues to work with Invest NI, meeting potential investors interested in the region.

Shaun is also involved with Ireland Enactus, a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world, and is an active supporter of Queen's City Scholarship programme.

Speaking of his DSc Econ for Services to Business and Commerce, he said: "It's an incredible honour to be recognised by such an important institution, and to have that happen in the city where I grew up.

"I have enjoyed building connections with Queen's in recent years and watching its world-class programmes and extraordinary students make vital and lasting contributions, not only to the Northern Ireland economy but to the world at large.

"I am proud and delighted to be returning to the university today for this very special occasion."

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