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President’s 2015 Awards and Medals for Excellence in Research

The President’s Awards for Excellence are annual awards to recognise staff members who have made outstanding contributions in Education or Research.

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Research are annual awards to recognise staff members who have made outstanding contributions in early career research, research support, as part of a research team, and in research innovation and external engagement.

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR OUTSTANDING RESEARCH TEAM

The Award for Outstanding Research Team celebrates the achievements of research teams at Imperial, recognising outstanding research that delivers impact, a team’s international standing and their beneficial contribution to Imperial.

President’s Awards for Outstanding Research Team are conferred on the following teams:

Compact Muon Solenoid group, led by Professor Tejinder Virdee – Department of Physics
Membrane Biophysics Platform team, led by Professor John Seddon – Department of Chemistry
Centre for Blast Injury Studies, led by Professor Anthony Bull – Department of Bioengineering

President’s Medals for Outstanding Research Team are awarded to the following teams:

Professor Eric Alton’s research group – NHLI
ICFEP group, led by Professor David Potts – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR OUTSTANDING EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER

The Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher aims to celebrate the academic excellence and development of Imperial’s early stage researchers.

President’s Awards for Outstanding Early Career Researcher are conferred on the following staff:

Dr Mohamed Shamji – NHLI
Dr Agi Brandt-Talbot – Department of Chemical Engineering

President’s Medals for Outstanding Early Career Researcher are awarded to:
Dr Soraia Pimenta – Department of Mechanical Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR RESEARCH SUPPORT EXCELLENCE

The Award for Research Support Excellence aims to recognise the contribution of Research Support staff at Imperial, including the beneficial effects their support has given to Imperial research and the innovative approaches/good practice they bring to a project.

President’s Awards for Research Support Excellence are conferred on the following staff:

Dr Katharina Kreissig – Department of Earth Science and Engineering
Catherine Simpson and Jane Srivastava (joint award) – Department of Life Sciences

President’s Medals for Research Support Excellence are awarded to:

Dr Andrew White – Department of Chemistry
Dr Sarah Butcher – Department of Life Sciences
Anusha Sri-Pathmanathan – Department of Chemical Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS

The Award for Excellence in External Engagement and Partnerships celebrates the achievements of academics at Imperial, recognising the development of lasting external collaborations, and the impact of their research inside and outside Imperial.

President’s Awards for Excellence in External Engagement and Partnerships are conferred on the following staff:

Dr Laura Barter – Department of Chemistry

President’s Medals for Excellence in External Engagement and Partnerships are awarded to the following staff:

Professor Richard Jardine – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship celebrates the achievements of academics at Imperial, recognising unique activities breaking new frontiers, the effective and appropriate exploitation of research, and realised or prospective economic or social impact.

President’s Awards for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship are conferred on the following staff:

Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, led by Richard Anderson – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

President’s Medals for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship are awarded to the following staff:

Professor Peter Barnes – NHLI
Professor Constantinos Pantelides – Department of Chemical Engineering

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Faculty of Engineering Senior Appointments

Head of the Department of Materials

Professor Peter Haynes, Professor of Theory and Simulation of Materials, has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Materials, for five years with effect from 1 July 2015, in succession to Professor Neil Alford FREng.

Professor Haynes joined the College in 2007, having held a number of prestigious fellowships at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the development of new methods for performing quantum-mechanical simulations and their application to materials science. He was awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize for Computational Physics by the Institute of Physics in 2010 for this work and for his leading role in the development of the ONETEP materials simulation software, now marketed commercially by BIOVIA, part of the French software company Dassault Systèmes. He is the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Simulation of Materials.

 

Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

 

Professor Eric Yeatman FREng, Professor of Microengineering and Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has accepted appointment as Head of the Department, for five years with effect from 1 September 2015, in succession to Professor Peter Cheung.

Professor Yeatman joined the College in 1989 and has held his professorship since 2005. His current research interests are in energy sources for wireless devices, radio frequency and photonic MEMS, and sensor networks. He is Co-Director of the College’s Digital Economy Lab and Co-Founder and non-executive director of Microsaic Systems plc, which was the first company to introduce a miniature mass spectrometer for liquid analysis to the market and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2011, and was made a Fellow of the Academy in 2012.

 

Faculty of Engineering Associate Dean and Vice Deans

 

Dr Lorraine Craig, Academic Tutor in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, has accepted the additional appointment as Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Engineering.

Dr Craig joined the College in 2006 following appointments at the Royal Geographical Society, the Open University, the University of Cambridge and Keele University. She is Chair of the College’s Exploration Board and was awarded the Rector’s Medal for Supporting the Student Experience in 2011. She was awarded a Fellowship by Imperial College Union in 2013.

Professor Peter Cheung will continue to serve for a further two years as the Faculty’s Vice Dean for Education, until 31 July 2017. Professor Neil Alford will also continue to serve as the Faculty’s Vice Dean for Research for two further years, until 31 July 2017.

 

 

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Provost’s 2015 Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety

The College has established the Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Health and Safety to recognise individuals and teams whose efforts have resulted in significant improvements to health and safety in the College over the past year.

These have recently been awarded as follows:

Individual award

Ms Cristina Andrighetti-Formaggini, Catering Operations Manager, Campus Services

Individual award

Mr Ken Keating, Laboratory Manager, Department of Bioengineering

Team award

Heavy & Mechanical Lifting Group:

Mr Jon Dyne, Mechanical Workshop Engineer / Technician, Department of Physics

Mr Dave Bowler, Mechanical Workshop Engineer / Technician, Department of Physics

Mr Lee Tooley, Mechanical Workshop Engineer / Technician, Department of Chemistry

 

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Chair of Council

Sir Philip Dilley has accepted appointment as the next Chair of the Council and of the Court of Imperial College London, in succession to Baroness Manningham-Buller. Sir Philip will become Chair on 18 May 2015, and is appointed for an initial four year term to 31 May 2019.

Sir Philip graduated from Imperial with a First in Civil Engineering in 1976, and spent his engineering career within Arup Group, rising to become its Executive Chairman from 2009 to 2014. He continues to advise the firm, and since September 2014 has been Chairman of The Environment Agency. He joined Imperial’s Council in 2011.

Last year Council appointed a Search Committee to find a successor to Baroness Manningham-Buller, led by the Council’s Deputy Chair Jeremy Newsum. The Council has endorsed the recommendation of the Search Committee that Sir Philip should be its next chair. The Wellcome Trust has announced today that Baroness Manningham-Buller will become its chair in autumn 2015.

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Faculty of Natural Sciences – Vice Deans

Professor Paul French, Professor of Physics, has accepted appointment as the Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Natural Sciences with effect from 1 April 2015. Professor French is in the Photonics Group of the Physics Department at Imperial College London. He was a Royal Society University Research Fellow from 1989 until 1994 when he joined the academic staff. He served as Head of the Photonics Group from 2001-2013. His research has evolved from ultrafast dye and solid-state laser physics to biomedical optics with a particular emphasis on fluorescence lifetime imaging for applications in molecular cell biology, drug discovery and clinical diagnosis. He has worked extensively with industry and his current portfolio includes the development and application of multidimensional fluorescence imaging technology for microscopy, high content analysis, endoscopy and tomography. Outside College, he has worked with the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Physics and the European Physical Society, for which he has served as Chair of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division.

Professor Alan Spivey, Director of Education for the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Professor of Synthetic Chemistry, has accepted appointment as the Vice-Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Natural Sciences with immediate effect. Professor Spivey joined the Department of Chemistry as a Reader in 2003. He was promoted to Professor in 2008. His research interests are in the area of synthetic chemistry and in particular the development of useful new synthetic concepts and methods and the demonstration of their utility in addressing biological and medicinal questions. He was Director of Undergraduate Studies for Chemistry from 2007-2013 and has been the Chair of the FoNS Teaching Committee since 2009 and FoNS Director of Education since 2013.

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

The Julia Higgins Awards

The 2014-15 Julia Higgins Medal has been awarded to Dr Liz Elvidge, Head of the Postdoc Development Centre, in recognition of her work with female postdocs and early career academics.

Julia Higgins Awards have been made this year to:

  • Dr Karen Makuch, Academic Women’s Ambassador for the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Lecturer in Environmental Law, Centre for Environmental Policy
  • Ms Su Nandy, Senior HR Manager, Faculty of Engineering
  • Professor Lesley Regan, Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery & Cancer
  • Dr Vicky Salem, Academic Women’s Ambassador for the Department of Medicine and NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Department of Medicine
  • Dr Emma Watson, Education Manager in the National Heart & Lung Institute

The Medal and Awards recognise individuals and departments that have made a significant contribution to the support of academic women at the College, and are selected by the Academic Gender Strategy Committee, chaired by the Provost. They are named in honour of Professor Dame Julia Higgins FRS, FREng, Professor of Polymer Science, now a Senior Research Investigator in Chemical Engineering and previously Dean of the City and Guilds College and Principal of the Faculty of Engineering.

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Professor Gavin Screaton FMedSci, currently Vice Dean (Academic Development) in the Faculty of Medicine, has accepted appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, with effect from 1 March 2015.

 

Since Professor Screaton joined the College in 2004 as the Chair of Medicine, a position he continues to hold, he has served as Campus Dean for Hammersmith, and Head of the Department of Medicine (formerly Division of Medicine), before becoming Vice Dean in 2013. He holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, and his research currently focuses on the immunology of infectious disease with particular respect to dengue virus infection.

 

Professor Screaton is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a member of the Association of Physicians and was made a Founder Senior Investigator in the National Institute for Health Research. He sits on funding panels at the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council.  He is an honorary consultant physician at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

 

Professor Screaton will succeed Professor Dermot Kelleher FMedSci, Vice President (Health), who will take up appointment as the new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Canada, on 1 September 2015. The College will now begin the search for a successor to Professor Kelleher as Vice President (Health).

 

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Vice President (Advancement)

Mrs Sarah Porter Waterbury, currently Vice President of Development and Campaigns at New York University, has accepted appointment as the College’s first Vice President (Advancement). Her remit will be to build relationships and support for Imperial through fundraising and advocacy, and her responsibilities will include alumni relations, development, database management, prospect research and events. She will report to the President and will take up her position on 20 April 2015.

Mrs Waterbury has held a range of development appointments during her career. She served as Major Gifts Officer at Harvard Business School from 1985, and then as Director of Development and External Relations at the Fletcher School at Tufts University from 1993. In 1999 she became Deputy Vice President for Development at the American University of Beirut before joining the Children’s Hospital Boston as Senior Director of Campaign and Major Gifts. She took up her current role at NYU in 2009.

She was educated at Princeton University, New Jersey, where she took a BA in History, before working in private banking in South and Central America.

In advance of the Vice President (Advancement) taking up her position, the Alumni Office and the Regular Giving teams joined the Development division on 1 January 2015. Mrs Nicola Pogson, Head of Alumni Relations for the Business School, is serving on an interim basis as Head of the College’s Alumni Relations function. In this capacity she reports to Angela Bowen, Deputy Director of Development, who currently oversees all advancement functions.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Appointments in Business School

Professor Nelson Phillips, currently Chair in Strategy and Organisational Behaviour, has accepted appointment as Associate Dean of Faculty and Research of Imperial College Business School for three years, with effect from 17 November 2014. He succeeds Professor Gerry George, who is leaving the School to become Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University from 1 January 2015.

Professor Phillips was the Group Head of Organisation and Management at Imperial from 2005 to 2012. Prior to joining the College, Professor Phillips was the Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School from 2002 to 2005 and was an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Organisation Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 1993 to 2002.

The Business School’s Groups have become Departments. To reflect this change, three Heads of Department have been appointed.

Professor Richard Green, currently the Alan and Sabine Howard Professor of Sustainable Energy Business, has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Management. He was appointed as Management Group Head in January 2013 for a three-year term. He was previously Professor of Energy Economics and Director of the Institute for Energy Research and Policy at the University of Birmingham, and Professor of Economics at the University of Hull. He started his career at the Department of Applied Economics and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Professor Alex Michaelides, currently Professor of Finance, has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Finance. He was appointed as Head of the Finance Department in October 2014 for a three-year term. He is Research Fellow at CEPR (International Macroeconomics and Financial Economics Programmes), at CFS (Frankfurt) and NETSPAR (The Netherlands). He was previously a lecturer (2001-2006) and associate professor (2006-2010) at the Department of Economics, London School of Economics, and a professor of finance at the Department of Public and Business Administration, University of Cyprus in 2010-2014. 2014/15 – 07 Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

Professor Mike Wright, currently Professor of Entrepreneurship, has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He became Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group Head in March 2013 for a three-year term. He is Director of the Centre for Management Buy-out Research, the first centre to be established devoted to the study of private equity and buyouts, which was founded in 1986 at the Nottingham University Business School. Previously he was Professor of Financial Studies at Nottingham University Business School since 1989.

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Vice President (Health)

The post of Vice President (Health) will be elevated to a College-wide role and will become the sole focus of Professor Dermot Kelleher FMedSci, who currently also serves as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

Professor Kelleher’s new remit as Vice President (Health) will be to support and grow the multidisciplinary approach to improving health across all of the College’s academic disciplines, and to develop strong external support and relationships for these efforts, with both international and domestic institutions. He will engage with healthcare partners in identifying new models of health care with particular emphasis on using data sciences in new and innovative ways. He will report directly to the President and will become a member of the Executive Group of the President’s Board.

As a result of the elevated role of Vice President (Health), a new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine will be appointed to lead the Faculty’s management and academic processes. The Dean shall report to Imperial’s Provost, Professor James Stirling CBE FRS, and will join the President’s Board, the Provost’s Board and the College Council. The changes will become effective upon the appointment of the new Dean.

 

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar