Harald Haas recognised as RISE Leader

Harald Haas recognised as RISE Leader

ERPE academic Harald Haas has been recognised by EPSRC as one of ten RISE Leaders for 2014. The campaign, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, was launched by the Science Minister, David Willetts in November 2013 to mark the 20th anniversary of EPSRC.

Ten of the UK’s most inspirational scientists and engineers have been recognised as RISE Leaders, celebrating their achievements as innovators in engineering and physical sciences research. Their contribution to science covers a broad range of disciplines and highlights the diversity and impact of the engineering and physical sciences.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “It’s important to celebrate and champion our leading scientists and engineers who are vital to both society and our economy. Their research has a real impact across a range of sectors from manufacturing to financial services. The RISE leaders announced today will help to inspire and encourage others, keeping us ahead in the global science race.”

Professor Jim Al-Khalili University of Surrey
Professor Sadie Creese University of Oxford
Professor Leroy (Lee) Cronin University of Glasgow
Professor Harald Haas University of Edinburgh
Professor Stephen Haake Sheffield Hallam University
Professor Jenny Nelson Imperial College London
Professor Jeremy O’Brien University of Bristol
Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga University of Leicester
Professor Kevin Shakesheff University of Nottingham
Professor Rachel Williams University of Liverpool

The independent panel comprised of Philip Greenish CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering, Imran Khan, CEO, the British Science Association, Dr Sarah Main, Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering, Professor Sir Richard Brook, Chairman of the ERA Foundation, and Professor Vince Poor, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University. The panel was chaired by David Delpy, CEO of EPSRC.


Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK


As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

Engineering for Growth (EfG) is a partner campaign, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, that brings together prominent organisations and individuals in order to demonstrate the contribution of engineering to economic growth and the quality of life. You can find more information on the EfG website