Allan Matthews is Professor of Surface Engineering and Tribology in the School of Materials and Director of the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He spent his early career in the UK Aerospace industry with Hawker Siddeley Dynamics then British Aerospace Dynamics group, before returning to academia and completing a PhD at Salford University in advanced plasma-based coating processes for the deposition of ceramic coatings for industrial applications. He then moved to the University of Hull, where he was a member of a team which created a new Engineering Department there. He also created the Research Centre in Surface Engineering. After 21 years at Hull, he moved to the University of Sheffield, growing the Surface Engineering research there and was also Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering 2007-2011. He has published over 300 refereed papers as well as several books and book chapters. He has had a central role in many professional and learned societies, including the British Vacuum Council, the American Vacuum Society and the Society of Vacuum Coaters. He has received several awards, including the IoM3 Gold Medal in 2011. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Surface and Coatings Technology.