Alison Cooke

CEng FIMechE Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Alison Cooke

Alison is the International Coordinator of Future Climate – Engineering Solutions (FC-ES). FC-ES is an international project which engages over 1 million engineers worldwide to develop national energy and climate plans. There are currently twenty-three partner countries in the project network. Under her watch the first IMechE UK 2050 Energy Plan was written in 2009 and the second FC-ES conference in 2011 was hosted in London. This work took her to the United Nations COP16 in Mexico at the end of 2010 and COP17 at the end of 2011 in South Africa.

Alison supervises for Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and also led a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Cambridge University Centre for Sustainable Development from 2010 to 2012 which undertook research of relevance to energy efficiency in the built environment.

Alison is a two-fold graduate of Cambridge, having studied both her BA and PhD in Engineering at New Hall. Her PhD thesis was on ‘The Aerodynamics and Mechanics of Shuttlecocks’.

Alison’s engineering experience, which spans over 30 years, has been both varied and extreme: from living “in” the North Sea working as an offshore engineer with BP Exploration; to developing competitive manufacturing strategies with senior industrialists as RTZ Industrial Fellow based from Cambridge University Engineering Department. She has managed over 120 collaborative projects with industry. Alison is a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and was a Council Member from May 2009 to May 2012.

As well as an independent consultant in engineering and management, Alison’s previous professional roles have included being an industrial mentor of graduate engineers for the IMechE, lecturing in engineering design, manufacture and management, and technical writing for a large number of research publications. Alison also held responsibility for instigating and leading Cambridge University Engineering Department’s first industrial tour to Taiwan and Hong Kong. She is a trustee of Mayden Foundation.

Alison is married with two children. She has always been a keen sportswoman – she and her son won the Mother-Son Open Final at the 2009 National Family Tennis Championships and they were finalists in the Open Mixed Doubles in the 2012 Dartmouth Regatta Tennis Tournament.