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KNOXVILLE — Dr. Henry “Harry” McDonald, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and interim vice president for research of the UT system, has received Britain’s highest engineering honor.

Dr. Harry McDonald

McDonald was inducted Monday into the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

With research interests in supercomputing, information technology, artificial intelligence applications and nanotechnology, McDonald holds the Chair of Excellence in Computational Engineering in UT Chattanooga’s Computer Simulation and Design Center.

Before coming to UTC, McDonald directed NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, last year testifying before the board that investigated the space shuttle Columbia-s accident.

McDonald also was professor and head of the computational science lab at the Pennsylvania State University-s Applied Research Laboratory.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Aeronautic Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

McDonald, a native of Scotland, earned a doctorate in engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1985. He is married with three children.