Finding innovative solutions to achieving net zero

Dr Tony Trapp MBE FREng, who began his academic career as an Agricultural Engineering undergraduate at Newcastle University in the 1960s, has pledged £520,000 to PhD students finding innovative ways of achieving net zero globally through their research.

Dr Trapp's donation will fund eight PhD studentships at the School of Science, Agriculture and Engineering over the next 12 years, with the first studentship expected to be awarded in September 2022.

Dr Trapp started his academic career at Newcastle University as an undergraduate Agricultural Engineering student in the late 1960s. He went on to complete a PhD with the University's School of Engineering, before using his expertise to pioneer technology which is now vital to the offshore energy industry and the running of the offshore wind farms.

During his career, Dr Trapp built and led three hugely successful offshore engineering companies in the North East of England and was awarded MBE for services to the engineering and energy industries in 2017. He was also made an Honorary Doctor of Engineering at Newcastle University that year.


I have always been impressed with the huge potential within engineers to create solutions to the challenges that we all face. For this potential to be realised students must encounter inspired leadership and engineering excellence. Newcastle University is a great place for these PhD students to achieve this success.”

Dr Tony Trapp MBE FREng
Alumnus and donor
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