Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang FREng is the Professor of Precision Metrology, Head of the Surface Metrology Group and the Chief Scientist in the Centre of Precision Technologies. Since 2011, she holds the Directorship of UK EPSRC National Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology.
Jane’s research includes: development of mathematical models and algorithms for geometrical products specification and metrology, including geometric shape, tolerancing, and surface texture analysis, filtration and parametric characterization; and development of new optical interferometry techniques for future embedded measurement sensor and instrumentation. She devotes her research on underpinning manufacturing science, especially in the creation of infrastructure in geometrical products design, processing control, verification in manufacturing.
Jane has published more than 330 papers; most critical papers were published in Philosophy Transaction of the Royal society A, Proceeding of the Royal Society A, Applied Optics, Optical Letters, Optical Express, Review Scientific Instruments, Measurement Science and Technology, CIRP Manufacturing Technology, Precision Engineering, Wear, Proceedings of the institute of mechanical engineers and Tribology Letters & Transactions etc. She has author/co-authored/edited 6 books, 3 journal special issues and 7 conference proceedings on measurement science and manufacturing research. She has been awarded over £13.9 million funds to support her research as a principal investigator. These sponsorships were awarded from research councils (UK, EU, industry and overseas), including an ERC advanced Investigators Grant in 2008. Many plenary lectures, keynotes, invited talks and best papers, student PhD Prize Awards have derived from Jane led research programmes.
Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng 2012), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (FIET 2007), a Fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (FCIRP 2012), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA 2006), and a Liveryman with the worshipful company of scientific instrument makers (2013) resulting in the Freedom of the City of London (2013). She has been honoured many times, e.g. Directorships for national laboratories, President of Professional Societies. Currently, she is appointed as a member of the Panel 6: Manufacturing and Design of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of Newton Fund Steering Group of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and also a Panel member of the French Academy of Technology (equivalent to the Royal Academy of Engineering) for assessment of France’s LNE (equivalent to NPL) for Technology Transfer (2013-2015), she was nominated for this assessment by the Trustees of Euro-CASE. Jane is a member of a high level international scientific group for China State Council to help with advice on China scientific strategies for the next three years.
In 1999, Jane was awarded a Cheung Kong (Yangzi) Distinguish Professor, by the Ministry of Education, China and she was awarded the Outstanding Young Scientist by the National Natural Science Foundation Council, China in 2000. Prof Jiang was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award in March 2006 becoming the first Royal Society Senior Research Fellow from a 92’ new University (more than 50 UK universities) in any subject area. In May 2006, she was awarded Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award – The Lloyds TSB AWA. In December 2006, Prof Jiang was presented to The Queen as one of the “People who have made a significant contribution to national life in 2006”, at Buckingham Palace. She was also awarded the title: fifth most influential women of Chinese origin in the world 2006, by the Woman of China, and in 2010 she was awarded the title: One of the Top Talent Specialist (a Distinguish Professor) by the China state council. October 2014, she was awarded the Sir Harold Hartley Medal by the Institute of Measurement and Control. Jane’s team recently also won the IET 2014 Innovation Award in the manufacturing technology category.