Ann Dowling was President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2014-2019.

She was Head of the Department of Engineering 2009-14 and has held visiting posts at MIT (Jerome C Hunsaker Visiting Professor, 1999) and at Caltech (Moore Distinguished Scholar 2001).

Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Institute of Acoustics. Ann has an Honorary Doctorates from Oxford University, Imperial College London, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Kent, the University of Leeds, Queen’s University Belfast, London South Bank University, Heriot-Watt University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Ann has served on a number industry and government advisory committees and chaired the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering study on nanotechnology. She is a non-executive director of BP plc, chair of their Remuneration and Technical Advisory Committees and a member of their Safety, Ethics and Environment Assurance Committee. She is also a non-executive member of the board of the UK government's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). She was Chair of Main Panel B: Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). In 2015 she chaired a review for BIS on business-university research collaborations.

Ann was appointed CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002, DBE for services to Science in 2007, and was appointed to the Order of Merit by the Queen in December 2015.