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President’s 2017 awards and medals for excellence in 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 collaboration.

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 Medals for Outstanding Research Team are awarded to the following teams:
Separations Engineering and Technology (SET), led by Professor Andrew Livingston – Department of Chemical Engineering

President’s Awards for Outstanding Research Team are conferred on the following teams:
Engineering Alloys, led by Professor Fionn Dunne – Department of Materials
Digistain team, led by Professor Chris Phillips – Department of Physics

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 Medals for Outstanding Early Career Researcher are awarded to the following staff:
Dr Robert Snelgrove – National Heart and Lung Institute
Dr Ben Britton – Department of Materials

President’s Awards for Outstanding Early Career Researcher are conferred on the following staff:
Dr Stamatia Giannarou – Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery
Dr Heather Battey – Department of Mathematics
Dr Emma Robinson – Department of Computing

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 Medals for Research Support Excellence are awarded to the following staff:
Miss Angela Lonergan – Department of Chemical Engineering

President’s Awards for Research Support Excellence are conferred on the following staff:
Mr Martin Kehoe and Mr Simon Johnson (joint award) – Department of Physics

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EXTERNAL COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS
The Award for Excellence in External Collaboration 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 Medals for Excellence in External Collaboration and Partnerships are awarded to the following staff:
Tribology Group, led by Professor Daniele Dini – Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carbon Capture Pilot Plant (CCPP) team, led by Dr Daryl Williams – Department of Chemical 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 Medals for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship are awarded to the following staff:
Dr Frederic Cegla – Department of Mechanical Engineering
Team of Professor Anthony Barrett, Dr Matthew Fuchter, Professor Charles Coombes, Professor Simak Ali – Departments of Chemistry and Surgery and Cancer

President’s Awards for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship are conferred on the following staff:
Dr Daryl Williams – Department of Chemical Engineering
Professor Anthony Kucernak and team – Department of Chemistry

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

President’s 2017 awards and medals for excellence in societal engagement

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Societal Engagement recognise and reward staff, students and community partners who have delivered excellence in schools engagement, community engagement, engagement with research and/or patient engagement.

The President’s Medal for Excellence in Societal Engagement
Professor Austin Burt – Department of Life Sciences

The Achievement Award for Societal Engagement
For staff who have taken the initiative to deliver high-quality engagement activities with the public, schools, community groups and/or patients.

Rebecca Holloway – Student Recruitment and Outreach

The Collaboration Award for Societal Engagement
For staff who have delivered successful engagement activities through collaborating with other departments and/or external partners.

OPAL, led by Dr David Slawson – Centre for Environmental Policy

The Leadership Award for Societal Engagement
For staff who have demonstrated an on-going commitment to societal engagement; bringing enthusiasm and innovation to this area and actively supporting other staff and students to get involved.

Professor Sara Rankin – National Heart & Lung Institute

The Inspirational Partner Award for Societal Engagement
For individuals or teams outside Imperial who have made outstanding contributions that inspire and support us in the achievement of one or more of our societal engagement aims.

Pint of Science, led by Praveen Paul and Michael Motskin

Student Award
For undergraduate or postgraduate students who have taken the initiative to deliver high-quality engagement activities with the public, schools, community groups and/or patients.

Beth Rice, Department of Physics

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

President’s 2017 awards and medals for excellence in education

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Education celebrate staff who have made outstanding contributions in teaching, pastoral care, research supervision and supporting the student experience.

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Awards for Excellence in Teaching are presented annually to members of academic staff judged to have been most outstanding in the quality, organisation and presentation of their teaching.

President’s Medals for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence are awarded to the following staff:

Dr Elizabeth Hauke, School of Professional Development

Dr James Moss, National Heart & Lung Institute

President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching are conferred on the following staff:

Professor Kevin Buzzard, Department of Mathematics

Professor Sue Gibson, Department of Chemistry

Dr Andrew McKeown, School of Public Health

Dr Emma Passmore , Department of Earth Science & Engineering

Dr Mike Streule, Department of Earth Science & Engineering

Dr Shivani Tanna, School of Public Health

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT SUPPORT

Awards for Excellence in Student Support are presented annually to recognise the importance which the College places upon providing a supportive learning environment for its students as part of its academic mission.

President’s Medals for Excellence in Student Support are awarded to the following staff:

Professor Jan Cilliers, Department of Earth Science & Engineering

Ms Photoulla Mikellides, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Dr Martyn McLachlan, Department of Materials

Ms Esther Perea, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Ms Janette Shiel, Faculty of Medicine Centre

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH SUPERVISION

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Research Supervision recognise staff who have made exceptional contributions in the research supervision, encouragement and support of postgraduate research students.

President’s Medal for Excellence in Research Supervision is awarded to:

Dr Vahid Shahrezaei, Department of Mathematics

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

Professor Bassam Izzuddin , Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Nina Thornhill, Department of Chemical Engineering

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS AND MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORTING THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

The President’s Awards for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience recognise the importance placed by the College on the contribution of all staff (academic, professional and technical) to underpinning the College’s learning environment for students.

President’s Medals for Supporting the Student Experience are awarded to the following staff:

Mrs Kate Ippolito, School of Professional Development

Dr Janet De Wilde, Graduate School

President’s Awards for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience are conferred on the following staff:

Professor Lesley Cohen, Department of Physics

Dr Andrew Phillips, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Head of Department of Physics

Professor Michele Dougherty, FRS, has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Physics with effect from 1 January 2018, for a period of 5 years.

Professor Dougherty joined the College in 1991 as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant, and was appointed Professor of Space Physics in 2004.

Professor Dougherty is Principal Investigator for the magnetometer instrument onboard the Cassini spacecraft on its mission to explore Saturn and its neighbourhood. Her innovative use of magnetic field data has had an enormous impact on our understanding of the moons in our Solar System. Michele also lead the European science team which made the case to the European Space Agency for a mission to Jupiter and its moons and has subsequently been selected as the Principal Investigator on the magnetometer instrument for this mission called JUICE, due for launch in 2022 and scheduled to go into orbit around Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, in 2032. In recognition of her research contribution and leadership, she has received the Institute of Physics Chree medal in 2007, the Royal Society’s 2008 Hughes Medal, a prestigious Royal Society Research Professorship in 2014 and most recently the Royal Astronomical Society Gold medal in 2017.

Dr Weir will be Acting Head of Department from 1 July 2017 until 31 December 2017.

Dr Kenny Weir joined Imperial College as a lecturer in 1994. In the Department of Physics he held the role of Senior Tutor 1998-2002 and from 2005 has held the role of Associate Head of Department which from 2016 incorporated Director of Research. His research interests are in optical metrology, optical fibre sensors and biomimetics in photonics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

John Neilson

College Secretary & Registrar

Director, Digital Learning Hub

Gideon Shimshon has accepted appointment as Director, Digital Learning Hub from 1 July 2017, for a period of three years.

In this new role, reporting to the Vice-Provost (Education), Gideon will be tasked with increasing the level of online and digital innovative education-related activity across Imperial, with the ultimate goal of establishing the College as a centre of excellence in this area within the sector. He will also play a key role in delivering the College’s new Digital Learning Strategy.

Gideon joins the College from Leiden University where he is currently Director of the Centre for Innovation. In this role, he founded the Leiden Online Learning and New Media Labs, which now offer MOOCs to 750,000 students worldwide, as well as HumanityX – an initiative which works with UN organisations, companies and NGOs to develop digital innovations for the peace, justice and humanitarian sectors.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering

Professor Nigel Brandon OBE FREng has accepted appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1 October 2017, for a period of 5 years. He will be the Dean-elect from 1 August 2017.

In this role Professor Brandon will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, planning and coordination for the Faculty of Engineering, and for driving continuing excellence in research and education. He will be a senior member of the College’s staff, sitting on the College Council, President’s Board and Provost’s Board.

Professor Brandon joined Imperial as Senior Lecturer in the then TH Huxley School for Environment, Earth Sciences and Engineering in 1998, having previously completed his PhD at Imperial. He transferred to the then Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology in 2001 and was appointed to the Shell Chair in Sustainable Development in Energy in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering in 2004. He held the role of Director of the Energy Futures Lab from 2005-2014, and was the founder of it as a College global challenge institute in 2009. Professor Brandon is currently Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute, the BG Chair in Sustainable Gas, and Vice-Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Engineering.

Professor Brandon’s research is focused on electrochemical devices for energy applications, with a particular focus on fuel cells, electrolysers, and batteries. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2008, and was awarded an OBE for services to UK-China science in 2011.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Department of Mathematics

Professor David van Dyk has accepted the appointment as Head of the Department of Mathematics with effect from 1 October 2017, for a period of 5 years.

Professor van Dyk joined the College in 2011 as a Chair in Statistics in the Department of Mathematics. He previously held a Chair in the Department of Statistics at the University of California.

Professor van Dyk’s research focuses on Astrostatistics and Bayesian Methods and Computation. He was made a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2006, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2010 and was awarded a Wolfson Merit Award by the Royal Society in 2011.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Heads of Department, Faculty of Engineering

DEPARTMENT OF BIOENGINEERING

Professor Anthony Bull, FREng, has accepted an extension to his appointment as Head of the Department of Bioengineering, in the Faculty of Engineering, until 31 July 2022.

Professor Bull is Professor of Musculoskeletal Mechanics and has been Head of the Department since 1 August 2012. His research is focused on the basic mechanics of joints, including the tissues of joints and the mechanics of joints within the whole musculoskeletal system, and the application of this knowledge and technologies developed to the diagnosis and treatment of trauma and other pathologies.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.

DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Professor Peter Cawley, FREng FRS, has accepted an extension to his appointment as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering, until 30 September 2019.

Professor Cawley is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and has been Head of the Department since 1 October 2012. His main research interests are in non-destructive evaluation, with the aim of solving problems in industrial inspection and monitoring, particularly through the application of sonic and ultrasonic techniques.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010.
John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Dean of Business School

Professor Francisco Veloso has accepted appointment as Dean of the Business School from 1 August 2017.

In this role Professor Veloso will be responsible for providing the highest level of strategic and operational leadership, promoting the School’s profile internationally and fostering excellence in research and education.

Professor Veloso joins Imperial from the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Portugal’s top business school, where he has served as Dean since 2012.

Professor Veloso’s research focuses on how firms and regions develop and leverage scientific and technological capabilities for economic growth. He obtained his PhD in Technology Management and Policy from MIT in 2001. Professor Veloso retains an adjunct appointment at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, where he was a tenured Full Professor earlier in his career.

 

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar

Director of Student Services

Ms Hannah Bannister has accepted appointment as Director of Student Services from 15 May 2017.

Reporting to the Vice-Provost (Education), Hannah will play a leading role in establishing a single, strategic direction for student services at Imperial, working in partnership with key colleagues and students to enable all of the College’s student services to work together to enhance and enrich the student experience. She will have direct responsibility for the Careers Service, the Hall Wardens, the Counselling Service, the Disability Advisory Service and the Chaplaincy.

Hannah joins the College from LSE where, as Head of Student Services, she has led teams within the Student Wellbeing Service and the Student Services Centre, and more broadly been part of delivering improvements to educational provision and the overall student experience.

John Neilson
College Secretary & Registrar