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International recognition for railway expert

Professor Mark Robinson has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-lasting contribution to railway innovation research.

​The award was presented at the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards ceremony in Paris. UIC is the worldwide professional association representing the railway sector and promoting rail transport.

Receiving the award, Professor Robinson, Director of NewRail ​and Professor of Rail Systems Engineering, said: "I am thrilled and honoured to receive this Life Time Achievement Award and am h​appy to accept it on behalf of myself and all colleagues past and present in NewRail - the Centre for Railway Research at Newcastle University. Without the support of my colleagues and the tremendous team work that has been part and parcel of our research work and projects at Newcastle this would not have been possible.

"This recognition comes with some responsibility and that is to ensure that I support the International Rail Research Board (IRRB) in keeping up with the remarkably fast technological development and help drive the railway sector into further innovation. I am very grateful to the UIC (International Union of Railways) for this prestigious award."

Professor Robinson's main research interests include railway technology and transport-related issues. He is a specialist in composites, investigating the replacement of metals with composite materials in the rail industry and other transport sectors.

NewRail is the University's dedicated railway research centre with a vast range of expertise in diverse areas of the rail industry. The aim of the research centre is to develop and maintain the highest international standards of excellence in rail-related research.

Mark Robinson, Professor of Rail Systems Engineering

published on: 31 January 2019