press release
Published: 21 June 2016

Leading engineer, Professor Paul Smith, appointed as new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

By Peter La

The University of Surrey has appointed Professor Paul Smith as new Executive Dean of its internationally-renowned Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.


Paul Smith
  • Executive Dean is responsible for nine departments within the faculty, and takes a leading role in the formulation of the academic strategy
  • Distinguished academic is author on more than 250 journal and conference papers; he is Immediate Past President ICCM (International Committee on Composite Materials), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer
  • Through collaborations over many years Professor Smith has strong links with companies in several sectors core to the Faculty, which will help to guarantee relevance of degree programmes and equip Surrey graduates for careers at the cutting edge of their chosen field

Paul Smith is Professor of Composite Materials.  He is an engineer by background, holding a first degree in engineering, from the University of Cambridge, where he subsequently carried out doctoral research on the mechanical fastening of carbon fibre reinforced composites.  After joining the University of Surrey in 1986 as a Lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Paul was promoted to a Personal Chair in 1997 and served as Head of School of Engineering from 2004 – 2007.  He has held his current role of Associate Dean (International) in FEPS since 2010, working to develop partnerships and promoting student mobility, both incoming and outgoing.

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Surrey, said: “Following a very competitive recruitment process I am delighted to announce that Professor Paul Smith has been appointed as the new Executive Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

“Paul is an exceptional leader with an excellent track record of high quality research.  This has always been carried out in collaboration with industry, focused on impact as well as academic excellence.   His appointment will be of tremendous value to the University of Surrey, and I am confident that Paul will be able to drive the faculty to even greater success and acclaim.”

Professor Paul Smith said: “I am honoured to be appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and I look forward to working with the many outstanding colleagues here as we look to implement the new research strategy and to develop our international profile further, while seeking to ensure an excellent experience for all our students.”

Paul will take up the new role from 01 September. 

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