Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi appointed Vice President (Research & Innovation) at Kings College London

ERA board member Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi has been appointed Vice President (Research & Innovation) at King's College London which will see him developing and implementing the university's Research strategy, overseeing new research initiatives, and continuing to foster inter-faculty and multidisciplinary ways of working.

Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi joined the ERA Foundation board in September 2021 and is best known for his work in energy-efficient computing and systems engineering.

He has been recognised as an outstanding academic leader and a highly influential figure in the UK HE sector, is Arm Professor of Computer Engineering and he founded the Arm-Southampton research centre. which has been used as an exemplar of industrial collaboration by the EPSRC. He received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 for services to engineering and industry.

Bashir’s research focuses on understanding interactions between hardware and software in constrained computing systems and how such interactions are used through theory and experiment to achieve systems energy efficiency and enhanced hardware dependability. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013 and in April 2020, he was appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences at King’s College London after undertaking a similar Executive Dean role at the University of Southampton, where he was also a member of the University’s Executive Board. He has served as a panel member for both the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 and REF2014.

Bashir will bring this wealth of experience, including a 30-year career across academia and industry and recognition as one of the world’s most distinguished computer engineers to one of the worlds leading Universities. His new role will see him focusing on developing and implementing King’s Research strategy, overseeing new research initiatives at the University, and continuing to build upon inter-faculty and multidisciplinary ways of working

President & Principal, Professor Shitij Kapur said: “I am delighted that Bashir will be taking up this position from next year, bringing with him extensive experience in the higher education sector and a distinguished career.

“Research at King’s is truly world-leading and pioneering, making a defining contribution to knowledge with purpose that is benefitting and impacting on society. My sincere thanks to Reza for his work over the last five years in driving forward the development of our research environment and infrastructure, for which impacts were demonstrated most recently by our impressive REF 2021 results which he also led the university’s submission to.

“I look forward to working with Bashir to continue to drive forward our research impact, building on our strengths to deliver the university’s strategic goals.”

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