Western Sydney University welcomes inaugural Dean of Engineering

Western Sydney University’s inaugural Dean of the School of Engineering, Professor Michail (Mike) Kagioglou, will begin at the Kingswood Campus on 9 March. He will also assume the role of Provost of the Penrith campus and lead the institutional engagement strategy with Europe and United Kingdom.

Professor Kagioglou identified key priorities for the School of Engineering as the Aerotropolis, the development of the University’s Engineering Innovation Hub and its joint engineering program in collaboration with UNSW, alongside developing manufacturing and interdisciplinary subject areas.

He also noted the importance of developing a strong engagement strategy with Europe and the UK, and increasing the global significance and impact of the University, assisted by his prior work in the role of Dean of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield in the UK.

“I am pleased to join Western Sydney University at this exciting time. With its world-class research and international outlook, the University and the School are well placed to continue their rise in reputation and standing,” said Professor Kagioglou.

“As inaugural Dean for the School of Engineering, I will be capitalising on our position at the heart of Australia’s global centre for trade and working on key partnerships to leverage the most of our region. I look forward to working with everyone in the School to grow research and teaching excellence and our portfolio - building on the existing excellent work across many areas.”

Professor Denise Kirkpatrick, Acting Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, welcomed Professor Kagioglou to the Western Sydney University’s newly created School of Engineering.

“With a background in global multi-disciplinary research, Professor Kagioglou brings international expertise to the School of Engineering. The School is located in the fastest-growing region in Australia and will become renowned for innovation and cutting-edge technology.”

Professor Kirkpatrick also recognised the work of Interim Dean, Professor Yang Xiang for his significant effort and support during the establishment of the new School, and thanked Professor Kevin Dunn for his impressive work as Provost of the Penrith campus.

“I am grateful for Professor Xiang’s leadership during a time of change arising from the Academic Structure Implementation and creation of this new School. And I thank Professor Kevin Dunn for the energy he brought as long-standing Provost to the vibrant campus.”

Western Sydney University’s School of Engineering consists of disciplines in Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Electronic, and Mechanical, Mechatronic and Robotics Engineering. The School’s active research culture encompasses several research concentrations and has achieved world recognition.

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10 March 2020

Clare Patience, Senior Media Officer

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