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School of ACE welcomes industry specialists to enrich learning

Newly appointed visiting professors will bring "industry spark" to a forward-thinking research and teaching culture, says Professor Hassan Abdulla, Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering (ACE) at the University of East London (UEL). 

Rounding-off a successful year of student and staff awards, course accreditations and research grants, Professor Abdulla announced that the School of ACE would be welcoming four new visiting professors, who will deliver a series of specialist lectures. 

“I think the appointment of these professors shows two things," said Professor Abdulla. "Firstly, that we are focused on bringing the best research, teaching, and industry experience to our School, which benefits student aspiration and knowledge-sharing among academic staff.

“Secondly, it shows that we as a School can attract top-level researchers and practitioners to our School. It'’s a place where staff and students compete on a national level, are recognised and valued by industry bodies and make outstanding contributions to academia and the real world of work.” 

The new visiting professors are:

Chris Williamson (Visiting Professor of Architecture)

Chris Williamson is a talented architect and business leader with 35 years of experience in the field. He is a co-founder and founder partner of WestonWilliamson+Partners.

He was involved in the Jubilee line extension at London Bridge and the designs of every station on the Docklands Light Railway, from Canning Town to Woolwich. Future projects include new stations for Crossrail at Pudding Mill Lane and Paddington station in west London, as well as the upgrade of Victoria Station.

Chris is also working on numerous projects in countries such as the Beijing South Station, Wuhan Station, and Xiamen Station in China, and projects in Singapore and Australia.

His practice plays a very active role within the School of ACE, through collaborative events, mentoring students, and employing graduates. At present, WestonWilliamson+Partners employ around a dozen UEL architecture graduates. 

John Ladbrook (Visiting Professor of Computer Science-Simulation)

John Ladbrook was a simulation technical specialist with Ford Motor Company until his retirement at the end of 2016. He has been focused on simulation since 1982. At Ford, he led the development and research of simulation, which also involves liaising and lecturing at UK universities.

He has sponsored multiple group and individual MSc degrees at UEL, Cranfield, Southampton, and Brunel, as well as supporting one of UEL's PhD students in symbiotic modelling. He is currently sponsoring an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ‘Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology’ (CASE) PhD award for the School of ACE.

John is active in identifying potential applied research and knowledge-transfer opportunities for our academic staff. He has given numerous guest lectures at the School of ACE and is keen to help UEL students to undertake internships and work experience.

Professor Roger Flanagan (Visiting Professor of Construction)

Professor Roger Flanagan is the former Dean and Professor of Construction Management at the University of Reading. He is a visiting professor at a number of universities including Tsinghua University, Beijing, University of Hong Kong, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, University of New South Wales Australia, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and now UEL.

Roger’s industrial experience includes being a  member of the board of directors of Skanska AB for ten years and a non-executive member of the board of directors of Halcrow Group (now CH2MHill) for seven years. He was president of the Chartered Institute of Building 2006-2007.

He has been a member of board of directors and advisory board member in the USA, South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, and the UK. He has also undertaken studies for the development of the construction industry in the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, Norway, and Estonia.

Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE (Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering)

Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE is chief executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering. He has more than 30 years of expertise in the construction and built environment industry.

He graduated in 1985 with a BSc (Hons) in civil engineering and holds a master’s degree in construction and programme management from the University of Birmingham.

In 2011 he received an honorary DSc from Aston University, recognising his outstanding services to construction and engineering, both in the UK and abroad. He holds a number of executive and non-executive board positions.