Professor Deborah Greaves OBE FREng FICE FRINA

Deborah Greaves is a Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Plymouth, and one of the UK’s leading offshore renewable energy researchers.

In a career spanning more than two decades, she has consistently pioneered the development of new technologies in offshore wind, wave and tidal power.

This has included novel types of wave energy converter, analysis methods for offshore renewable energy farms and extreme wave-structure interactions.

In addition to her research, Professor Greaves has led high-profile national and international initiatives designed to ensure such technological advances can be applied in real-world scenarios to help meet the country’s future clean energy demands.

She was selected by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to head its £9 million Supergen ORE Hub. She has provided expert advice to organisations across industry and society, and is a strong advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.

Professor Greaves was made an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Marine Renewable Energy, Equalities and Higher Education.

In 2020, she was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and listed by the Women’s Engineering Society among its Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability.

Last updated: 1 April 2022

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