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Prof Stefaan Simons
UCL Australia
220 Victoria Square
Adelaide
SA5000
Appointment
  • Director of the UCL International Energy Policy Institute and BHP Billiton Chair of Energy Policy
  • UCL Australia
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Role
Head of Department
Biography

I am Professor of Chemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), Director of the Centre for CO2 Technology (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/centre-for-co2-technology/), and Director of the International Energy Policy Institute (IEPI), UCL Australia. My research expertise is founded on particle technology (I was a former Chair of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Particle Technology Subject Group), with a focus on the minerals and pharmaceutical sectors. I have used this expertise to develop low carbon technologies and processes for the energy and chemical industries and was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Fellowship to develop ideas on the open innovation of such technologies, spending time at University California, Berkeley (2009) and the University of Melbourne (2010). I have over 200 publications in books, journals and conference proceedings and am a member of the IChemE’s Education & Accreditation Forum.

Since 1994 I have been working with universities in Kazakhstan and Russia, developing modern chemical engineering degree curricula, and, as the first Dean of Engineering, was responsible for founding the School of Engineering at Nazarbayev University, the new international university in Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city, of which UCL is the strategic partner for the Foundation Programme and Engineering. I spent 3 years working with NU establishing the School of Engineering, from concept through to the intake of its second student cohort. Completing my secondment to NU at the end of August 2012, I then joined UCL’s department in Adelaide, Australia, in September as the inaugural director of the IEPI and BHP Billiton Chair of Energy Policy, where I have introduced systems engineering into the policy development process.

Research Summary
My research focusses on energy policy and low carbon energy and process innovation. As director of the International Energy Policy Institute, my research covers adding value to energy and mineral resources, community engagement, climate strategies and oil, gas, coal, nuclear and renewable energy futures, all within an Open Innovation paradigm.
Teaching Summary
Responsible for introducing chemical engineering degree programmes into Kazakhstan and Russia. Former chair of the Departmental Teaching Committee, Chemical Engineering. Have taught courses on process control, process design, physical chemistry and computer-aided process engineering at undergraduate level and on energy technologies at Masters level. Have organised and led executive education courses in chemical engineering and disseminated best practice in transferable skills training to other HEIs as part of a HEFCE-funded project "Transferable Skills in Engineering and their Dissemination".
Appointments
01-SEP-2012 Director, International Energy Policy Institute UCL Australia UCL, United Kingdom
01-APR-2011 – 31-AUG-2012 Dean fo Engineering School of Engineering Nazarbayev University (on secondment), Kazakhstan
2008 – 2011 Special Advisor Kazakhstan International Office UCL, United Kingdom
2002 Professor of Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1990 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Chemical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
1986 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering University of Surrey
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