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University of Nottingham appoints new Dean of Engineering


Leading academic Professor Andy Chan has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He will succeed Professor Ian Harrison, who has held the post since 2010, as he will be returning to the University of Nottingham, UK.

With his new appointment effective 1 September 2016, Professor Chan will head the Departments of Civil Engineering; Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Foundation Studies.

“We are very delighted to have Andy on board as he brings a wealth of domestic and international experience in both teaching and learning and research. He will provide outstanding leadership for the Faculty as it moves into its next stage of development,” said Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of UNMC.

Professor Chan holds a PhD and bachelor degree from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to his new role, Professor Chan was the Associate Dean for Research of the Faculty of Engineering, having also served as the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at UNMC.

He is currently leading UNMC’s aerospace research initiative as the Director of Asia Aerospace City Research and Technology Centre. He led the Malaysian team in the multinational, NASA-sponsored 7SEAS project, which focuses on the study of transboundary haze in Southeast Asia. In his spare time, Professor Chan is also a leading adviser as an industrial consultant. 

“I am really looking forward to leading an outstanding academic community. The Faculty of Engineering has an excellent record for research and is one of the best in the country. This contributed significantly to UNMC’s 5-star rating under the Malaysia Research Assessment (MYRA) ranking.  The faculty is also renowned its excellent programmes, further proven by the quality of our graduates who are much sought after by employers. I am excited about the opportunities of many great things to come,” said Professor Chan.

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More information is available from Professor Andy Chan on or Josephine Dionisappu, PR & Communications Manager at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus on +603 8924 8746,

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future.

Posted on 29th April 2016

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