Recently retired, Professor Richard (Ric) Parker was Director of Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce Group from January 2001 to March 2016. He joined Rolls-Royce as a Chief Research Scientist in 1978, and has held a variety of engineering leadership and general management posts. Ric is a Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, a Visiting Professor in Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University and an Honorary Professors in Materials Engineering at Birmingham University.
Ric has been instrumental in influencing the aviation research strategies for the United Kingdom and European Union. He is Chairman of the €4 billion Clean Sky European Joint Undertaking. He has also been an active promoter of industry/university collaboration, supporting and extending Rolls-Royce’s University Technology Centers world-wide.