Royal Academy of Engineering headquarters is named Prince Philip House

The Royal Academy of Engineering announced that its newly renovated 'Forum for Engineering' in London is to be named Prince Philip House, in honour of its Senior Fellow HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who formally opened the building on Carlton House Terrace on Tuesday, 16th October 2012.

Dr Eleanor StrideDr Eleanor Stride, University Lecturer with the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering, was asked to speak at the opening about her research and the contribution to UK Engineering of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She said: “The process of designing, building and testing microbubbles is really not that different from the one that you would employ for designing a car, skyscraper or space shuttle – it’s all engineering”.

Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: "As our Senior Fellow, The Duke of Edinburgh has worked tirelessly to support the Academy right from its inception as the Fellowship of Engineering, which he was instrumental in creating in 1976. We are now a fully-fledged national Academy of some 1,500 Fellows, working in partnership with government, business, the engineering profession and our universities to promote the engineering and technological welfare of the UK…

A new portrait of The Duke of Edinburgh was also unveiled at the opening. Specially commissioned by Dame Stephanie Shirley FREng from the award-winning artist Paul Brason, the triptych-style painting will be on permanent display at the Academy.

Prince Philip House naming ceremony

Dr Stride was awarded a five year Royal Academy of Engineering and EPSRC Research Post-doctoral Fellowship in 2005 to develop her research into the use of microbubbles in ultrasound imaging and therapy.  In addition to supporting her research, Dr Stride’s links with the Academy have led her to being involved in several exciting events.

From 2006-2008 she was part of the organising committee for Engineering Exhibition at the British Association for the Advancement of Science Festival, leading this in 2007.

In 2007 she also took part in University Challenge - The Professionals team as part of the Academy team.

In November 2011 she was invited to attend the Launch of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at the Science Museum and to talk about her research with the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

She was subsequently interviewed on BBC breakfast television and radio with Professor Brian Cox and she and her team also feature in the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering video.

Dr. Stride’s research focuses on two complementary areas:

  1. Drug delivery systems engineering
    • Advanced encapsulation methods for the fabrication of drug carriers
    • Controlled release and biophysics of therapeutic delivery -Theranostics and treatment monitoring
  2. Biomedical ultrasonics
    • Engineering microbubble agents for diagnostic and therapeutic applications
    • Physics of cavitation in high intensity focused ultrasound
    • Biophysical effects of ultrasound

Her current projects include: the development of magnetic microbubble agents whose position in the body can be controlled using an externally applied magnetic field thereby enabling highly localised therapeutic delivery.

Dr Eleanor Stride joined the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering in 2011 when she also became a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College.