Date of release: Monday, November 24, 2014

Professor Simeon KeatesProfessor Simeon Keates has been appointed as the university's Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor with corporate responsibility for industry engagement. In this new post, he will develop new strategies and initiatives to enhance relationships between the university and industry, in particular the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

In addition, he will continue to provide management and leadership for engineering education and research in the Faculty of Engineering & Science.

A design and computer engineer, with an outstanding track record of achievement in academia and industry, Professor Keates has worked in the United States for ITA Software (now part of Google) and at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. Past consultancy and research clients include the Royal Mail, US Social Security Administration, the Department of Trade & Industry, Air Canada and Lockheed Martin. Previously Head of the School of Engineering, Computing & Applied Mathematics at Abertay University, his academic background also includes posts at the IT University of Copenhagen and the University of Cambridge.

Professor Keates says: "Greenwich has always been focused on applied research and engagement with local and national companies. We recognise how important it is for our students' education to be informed by the latest developments in technology and industry. The experience of working with our industrial partners will be invaluable for them and will ensure that we maximise their employability skills. In these days of REF impact case studies, we also need to build long term sustainable partnerships with industry to be able to demonstrate the real-world applications of our research."

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, Professor David Maguire, says: "I am delighted that Simeon has accepted this important, university-wide role. He is an able and innovative leader, with a great breadth of experience. Industrial research and consultancy at Greenwich are well-regarded for their contribution to our regional economy as well as their national and international impact. Now, guided by Simeon's senior strategic leadership, we look forward to developing these further in the years ahead."

The University of Greenwich offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the full spectrum of engineering disciplines within the Faculty of Engineering & Science. These are widely recognised for their academic quality, innovation, and close ties to the industries in which Greenwich graduates work. The Faculty has excellent specialist laboratories and other facilities to support teaching and an expanding research portfolio. New areas of research in engineering include robotics, the Internet of Things, user-centred design and smart/sustainable technologies.

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