A METROLOGY expert, who is a director for Wotton-under-Edge based firm Renishaw, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).

Professor Geoff McFarland, group engineering director at the company, has been made a Fellow of the RAEng.

He has been elected alongside 50 of the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and business and industry leaders.

The professor is a specialist in dimensional metrology and its applications in manufacturing and medicine.

He is named as an inventor on more than 50 patents and has led the development of multiple innovative measurement products for the aerospace and automotive sectors while at Renishaw.

“It is an honour to be elected as a fellow alongside some of the finest minds in the industry,” said Professor McFarland.

“To solve the challenges that will face the economy, environment and medical sector, multidisciplinary engineering teams must come together to develop innovative products and manufacturing solutions, a process I have been fortunate to be a part of during my time at Renishaw.”

McFarland studied computer-aided mechanical engineering at Heriot-Watt University and joined Renishaw’s Edinburgh research facility in 1994.