David MacKay, chief scientific adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has been appointed Regius professor of engineering at the University of Cambridge.
MacKay, who is a fellow of the Royal Society, is the first person to hold a royally-appointed engineering post at the university. He took up the role on 29 March. He will continue to work as DECC’s CSA until the end of his term in autumn 2014.
He is to study the modelling and communication of the economic and social impacts of a shift to sustainable energy sources. MacKay was appointed professor in the department of physics at the university in 2003.