It has handed the role to Beverley Parkin, the former top lobbyist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
Parkin has been appointed director of policy and public affairs at the body, which works to promote excellence in engineering and to increase understanding of the profession.
The new post brings together policy, communications and public affairs functions. It reflects the academy's drive to position engineering as a 'must-consult' profession on national public policy issues.
Parkin previously spent eight years as role director of public affairs and communications for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the regulatory and professional development body for pharmacists, before leaving in March last year.