Issue date: 12 July 2013
UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering to Jenny Body OBE FRAeS in recognition of her significant contribution to engineering.
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Environment and Technology on Tuesday 16 July at Bristol Cathedral.
Born in Bristol, Jenny worked for Airbus in its various guises since 1971 when she joined the company as an undergraduate apprentice. Initially part of the avionics group, she prepared flight software for the preliminary 'fly by wire' UK test aircraft and then worked on slat/flap and landing gear systems for A320 and A340 Airbus aircraft.
After a spell in research and technology management, as a complete change she became the engineering leader of the Nimrod wing design team at Filton. Subsequently she was responsible for on–going wing developments and repairs on in-service Airbus aircraft before moving to the A400M team as wing design team lead. Her final role was in R&T management again. She was responsible for maximising support for UK based Airbus R&T.
Her main achievement was the preparation and establishment of the Next Generation Composite Wing Programme – the biggest UK Aerospace R&T programme to date.
She retired from Airbus in October 2010 as its most senior female engineer.
Jenny was awarded the OBE at the end of 2010 for services to engineering. In May 2013 she became the first female President of the Royal Aeronautical Society.