Eight leading figures from the worlds of science, law, history, and the arts have received honorary degrees at Encaenia, Oxford University’s annual honorary degree ceremony. Mr Colin Smith, Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce plc, was made Doctor of Science.

Mr Colin Smith, CBE, BSc, has served on the board of Rolls-Royce as Director of Engineering and Technology since 2005. During his career, he has held the lead engineering roles for three of Rolls-Royce’s most important engine projects and has been responsible for the design of engines which now power thousands of aircraft.

In the role of Chief Design Engineer for the Trent 500 engine, Colin led the design, development and certification of the engine which powers the Airbus A340-500/600 wide-bodied jet. He was also the Chief Engineer for the Trent 700 engine which powers the Airbus A330 and Chief Engineer for Rolls-Royce’s latest helicopter engine, the RTM322. As Director of Engineering and Technology, he oversees all of Rolls-Royce’s engineering activities and has led the company into a diverse range of new markets – including Tidal Power, Nuclear Power and Marine Engineering.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, The Royal Aeronautical Society, and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2002, he won the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his outstanding contribution to British engineering.

Oxford University is proud of its long history of collaboration with Rolls-Royce, which is undertaken in its University Technology Centres in Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics (Osney Laboratory) and in Solid Mechanics.