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Professor Honor Powrie 

Visiting Professor

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Professor Honor Powrie is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Professor Powrie has more than 25 years’ experience in the Aviation industry and since 2007 has worked for General Electric (GE) Aviation. Prior to this Prof Powrie held positions with Smiths Aerospace, University spin-out company Stewart Hughes Ltd and RAE Farnborough. Over 20 years’ of Prof Powrie’s experience has been in Machinery Health Monitoring Systems, with more than 50 published papers in this area. In her current role as Senior Director of Data and Analytics, Prof Powrie manages GE Aviation’s only UK-based Data Science group, which delivers innovative AI/ML based solutions for managing Aviation assets.  During her career, Prof Powrie has been involved in a wide range of technical / technology programs from deploying bespoke electrostatic sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) engine to qualifying landing gear for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Alongside Aviation, Honor has worked in other engineering domains including Renewables/Wind Turbines, Land Vehicles, Industrial Power and Oil & Gas.

Prof Powrie’s expertise in machine health, usage and management technologies spans from systems engineering, product development, sensing, signal processing, vehicle integration and ground based systems to big data and advanced analytics for improved diagnostics, prognostics and better decision making. Prof Powrie’s roles have encompassed R&D, applications engineering, technology development/ownership, customer facing, program management and group leader/director.

In 2019, Honor was awarded the highly prestigious GE Corporate Edison Award. Named after the founder of GE, Thomas Edison, the Award recognizes the technical excellence, customer impact and organizational citizenship of GE employees with at least 20 years’ experience. Each year there are a total of 7 Edison awards across all of GE (c. 280,000 employees). In 2019, in recognition of Honor’s current leadership contribution, she also received GE Aviation Digital’s Leadership Award. Within GE she has won a number of other global awards, including Open Innovation Challenge Winner in 2015 and 2016 and the Customer Champion Award in 2013.

Honor is a Member of the Institute of Physics, Chartered Physicist and long-serving member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ Tribology Group Committee.

Since 2011, Honor has been a Visiting Professor at nCATS (National Centre for Advanced Tribology, Southampton) and has been working with nCATS and prior to that the Engineering Materials Research Group / Surface Engineering and Tribology Group for over 20 years. Research interests include machinery and component condition monitoring, associated signal processing and advanced analytics, as well as the application of electrostatic charge detection to tribological phenomena, an area where Honor is regarded as a leading expert. In her role as Visiting Professor, Honor delivers guest lectures and is co-chair of the MENSUS strategic research group and MENSUS Theme Leader for Big Data and Analytics. Honor performs a number of industrial liaison activities within the University, including joint research programmes, PhD supervision and supporting Part III project students.

In 2017, Honor was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professorship in Data and Analytics, Asset Condition Monitoring and Management.

Professor Honor Powrie
Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ


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