Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang DBE FREng

Director of the Future Metrology Hub, Centre for Precision Metrology, University of Huddersfield & Professor of Precision Metrology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Dame Jane Jiang received her DBE the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours, rewarding her global reputation in metrology – the science of measurement, and her invaluable contribution to British-based engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Required to work in a bus factory for 20 years, her scientific ability saw her promoted from the production line into the metrology laboratory. She worked her way up, while teaching herself engineering and mathematics after work, involving self-education and night school. After 20 years of rejection of her applications to go to university, in 1990 her National Graduate Admission Examination results were so good that she was allowed to enroll directly for a Master’s degree at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. This led on to a PhD and, in 1999, she won an award for China’s best engineering dissertation of the decade. 

Aged 38, she came to Britain, becoming a research engineer at the University of Birmingham. She relocated in 1998 to the University of Huddersfield, which became home to the Centre for Precision Technologies. In 2003, she was appointed Professor. In 2006, she received the Royal Society’s Wolfson Research Merit award; the Lloyds TSB Outstanding Woman of Achievement award and was presented to HM the Queen, as someone who has made a significant contribution to national life in the year. Made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012, she received the Sir Harold Hartley Medal from the Institute of Measurement and Control, among other awards in this and intervening years and then a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Professorship, (2016).

She has published over 430 papers, is the author or co-author of eight books and holds several patents in the field of measurement science and surface metrology.