The institute of Mechanical Engineers has inaugurated the second female president in its 165 year history.

Professor Isobel Pollock is the second female to hold the position after Pam Liversidge, who was president in 1997 and is now master cutler of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

The Institution, founded by George Stephenson in 1847, represents more than 100,000 mechanical engineers involved in diverse areas such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries.

Speaking of her appointment as the 127th president of the institution, Pollock said: ‘During my year as President I want the public at large to realise the vital role engineers play in keeping society moving and driving change for the better.’

She continued: ‘I will be a passionate advocate for engineering and manufacturing, and the role it can play in revitalising our economy. Furthermore, I want to encourage more young people to pursue engineering careers.’

Pollock is a visiting professor in engineering and design from the Royal Academy of Engineering for the University of Leeds. She is also chairman of the Electromagnetics & Time Working Group for the National Measurement Office on the research programme for fundamental measurements.