Professor Sir Jim McDonald
joined the University of Strathclyde in 1984 following seven years in the
electric utility industry and was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in
Electrical Power Systems in 1993.
He became Principal and Vice
Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in March 2009.
He Co-chairs, with the First
Minister of Scotland, the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory
Board. He is Chairman of the Independent Glasgow Economic
He currently holds several
senior business appointments with organisations including the Weir Group,
Scottish Power, the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the UK National
He chairs two of the
pan-Scotland research pools in Energy and Engineering and is Chair of the Royal
Academy of Engineering Research Committee.
In the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday
Honours List on 16 June 2012, Professor McDonald was awarded a Knighthood for
services to education, engineering and the economy.
He is a Fellow of the Royal
Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and
Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Energy Institute.