Professor Stefaan Simons BSc PhD CEng FIChemE
Professor Simons was appointed as the Dean of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences in 2015, becoming VIce Provost and Dean in August 2018. Since joining Brunel he has led the College through a major organisational restructure and education portfolio enhancement process, aimed particularly at addressing the skills gaps in the UK engineering sector and widening participation in STEM subjects.
Prior to coming to Brunel, Prof. Simons was Vice Dean International for the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University College London, where he led the establishment of the School of Engineering at Nazerbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, from concept through to operation and the International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI) at UCL’s Australia campus in Adelaide, in collaboration with major industrial partners and the South Australia state government. He worked closely with industry for almost twenty years developing chemical engineering programmes in Russia and Kazakhstan and was a lead partner in a major project funded by HEFCE focussing on the dissemination of best practice in transferable skills training in engineering education across the UK HEI sector.
Engineering science and technology is the heart of Brunel University London. From its very foundation, the university has worked hand-in-hand with the industrial sectors to produce graduates with the necessary skills to delivery global prosperity, health and well-being, whilst meeting societal obligations in regards to sustainability and equality.
Prof. Simons’ research is focussed on developing low carbon innovations in technology and process systems. At UCL, he established and directed the Centre for CO2 Technology, which morphed into the Electrochemical Innovation Laboratory, commercialising cutting edge technologies in battery and fuel cell systems and energy and resource efficient production of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He is a firm believer that more engineers should be involved in policy making and was himself the BHP Billiton Professor of Energy Policy when director of the IEPI in Adelaide. He is now Professor of Energy Systems Engineering at BUL and is the inaugural chair of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Energy Centre, with a particular mission to disseminate good practice and influence policy makers in energy and resource efficiency.
The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences is one of the largest faculties of its kind in the UK, with around 5000 students studying at under and post-graduate level. As Dean, Prof. Simons is responsible for leading the College through its strategic developments, managing and enhancing its performance in regards to education and research and managing and developing its people. Major strategic projects include the establishment of chemical engineering as a new discipline to Brunel, delivery of Brunel’s first Trans National Education (TNE) programme in China, the formation of a Sino-UK research Institute focussed on quality engineering and the introduction of a Common Level 1 in Engineering, in line with the College’s Education, Research and International strategies.