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Aston welcomes new Executive-Dean of School of Engineering & Applied Science

Professor Bjorn Birgisson

21 January 2014

A world-leading engineering expert has been appointed as the new Executive Dean of Aston University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS). 

Professor Bjorn Birgisson joined Aston in the second half of January 2014. Previously, he was the Vice President for Research at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm – the top technical University in Sweden. 

He was formerly the acting Head of the Division of Highway and Railway Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and was responsible for creating the ‘Road2Science’ Research Centre, which hopes to stimulate and develop research into road and railway infrastructure. 

During Professor Birgisson’s time at KTH, the institution rose to be ranked by QS World Rankings as one of Europe’s Top Ten technical Universities. His various research projects at KTH were awarded over $38m dollars of research funding. 

I am thrilled to have joined Aston University and look forward to collaborating with the EAS staff on a wide range of research areas

Professor Birgisson said: “I am thrilled to have joined Aston University and look forward to collaborating with the EAS staff on a wide range of research areas. Before joining I met with the Senior Management Team to learn more about their work, and to share some of my ambitions for EAS in future. I cannot wait to get started.”

Aston University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia King, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome Professor Birgisson to Aston University. In keeping with Aston’s 2020 Vision to be the leading University for business and the professions, Professor Birgisson has extensive private sector engineering experience. 

“He will enable the School to continue on a strong upward trajectory, and will bring his management, leadership and research skills to the Executive Team to help us deliver the 2020 strategy and Growth Plan.” 

Professor Birgisson will take over from outgoing Executive Dean Professor Robert Berry, who will continue to contribute to the School through his research and teaching, and his engagement with the European Bioenergy Research Institute’s Punjab Programme.

 Professor Dame Julia King said: “I would like to thank Robert for his excellent work over the past five years. He has overseen a transformation of EAS, with significant growth in student numbers, research awards and brand reputation.” 

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk