Robert is a world-renowned civil engineer with extensive practical and academic experience. He is Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cambridge University and was Master of Jesus College from 2001 to 2011.
Earlier in his career, he spent almost 30 years in industry, founding the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. At Cambridge he heads a major research group and recently established the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, funded by both the Government and Industry, which is pioneering the innovative use of the latest sensor technology in construction.
Specialising principally in tunnels and underground construction, he is known for the introduction of new techniques and has acted as consultant on many high profile engineering projects all over the world. In the UK he was closely involved with the design and construction of the Jubilee Line Extension for London Underground and with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now HS1). He is also a member of the Engineering Expert Panel on Crossrail, Europe's largest civil engineering project.
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, Nick Baveystock, commented:
"We are delighted to hear Robert Mair has been appointed to the House of Lords as a non-party political Peer. Robert, who will be ICE president in 2018 to mark our 200th anniversary, is held in extremely high regard across industry and academia and will bring a wealth of global engineering expertise to the House. Our congratulations to Robert for this honour and recognition."
Engineer and academic Professor Julia King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, was also was also appointed to the House of Lords. Julia has spent her working life in Engineering and Academia, in a range of highly influential roles. After 16 years as an academic researcher and university lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities, she joined Rolls-Royce plc in 1994. At Rolls-Royce she held a number of senior executive appointments, including Director of Advanced Engineering for the Industrial Power Group.
In 2002 she became Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, and in 2004 she returned to academia as Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London. She has been Vice-Chancellor of Aston University since 2006. Professor King has been involved, as Chair or delegate, in numerous advisory groups, boards and committees in the fields of engineering, technology, energy and education.