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Engineering high flyer wins aerospace award

* 18 March 2004 *

Engineering high flyer wins aerospace award

A top engineering accolade has been awarded to a senior researcher at the University of Sussex.

Dr Nick Hills is the 2004 recipient of the Rolls-Royce plc Research Fellowship, beating international competition for the title.

The annual honour is awarded to just one academic from numerous UK and international universities working on research projects for Rolls-Royce plc.

Dr Hills is senior research fellow for the University Technology Centre, supported by Rolls-Royce plc, at the University of Sussex. The team work on engines for aircraft, in particular the Trent 500 engine used on the Airbus A340.

Last year, Dr Hills gained recognition among his peers for creating innovative design software, now used by Rolls-Royce plc engineers globally.

Dr Hills said: "The practical software is a design and analysis tool used by engineers developing engines. It helps to design quieter, more efficient and reliable engines for aircraft. It has been excellent seeing the software go into general use and an honour to have my work acknowledged with this lifetime fellowship award."

Professor Peter Childs, director of the University Technology Centre supported by Rolls-Royce plc at the University of Sussex, said: "Nick has exceptionally high standards in all his work. This award recognises his intellectual and academic standing. He has worked incredibly hard for the centre here at the University of Sussex and we are proud of his achievement."

The announcement was made at the annual directors' gathering at the Rolls-Royce plc establishment in Derby.

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  1. Dr Hills began working at the University of Sussex in 1992 and completed his DPhil in computational fluid dynamics at the University in 1996.
  2. Press Office contacts: Alix Macfarlane or Jacqui Bealing Tel 01273 678888 or Fax 01273 877456 or

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