Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, MP, this week announced the new appointments to the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of Dr Helen Neville, Professor Richard Jones, and Professor Anthony Finkelstein.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is one of nine bodies responsible for allotting government funding to research projects that meet the needs of the UK and the world as a whole. The council of EPRSC is its senior decision making body, responsible for determining policy, priorities and strategy, as well as being accountable for budget and performance issues.
The chair of EPSRC council, Dr Paul Golby, said:
“I am very happy to be able to welcome our three newest council members. Their knowledge and experience will undoubtedly add to an EPSRC Council that is already strong and rich in talents. Their combined experience and valuable insight into computer science, nano-technology and the multi-national chemical industry will add a breadth of academic and business skills that will help us and the scientific communities address the major challenges facing the UK.”
Professor Finkelstein said:
“Partnership between research funders and the science space is critical, and the role of council members is to develop and enhance that partnership. We need to make contributions to innovation and growth to support the UK economy, and to address the global scientific challenges that make for a better world. It is crucial to continue and sustain the emerging consensus, evident in government and the public, that investment in science and engineering is important and worthwhile.”
Anthony Finkelstein is Professor of Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL), a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at the National Institute for Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the City & Guilds of London Institute, and Dean of UCL Engineering.
He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the British Computer Society (BCS) and has been active professionally in both, serving on numerous Boards and Committees. He was formerly Head of UCL Computer Science and is a graduate in systems engineering.
His research is in the area of software development processes and on the construction of large computational models. In 2009 he received the Oliver Lodge Medal of the IET for achievement in Information Technology, and has also been recognised for his contributions to the field of requirements engineering and for his professional service by the IEEE and the ACM. He currently serves on the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and served on the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise in Computer Science & Informatics. He was a member of the Committee of Visitors for the US National Science Foundation.
He has provided consultancy advice to a large number of high profile companies and government organisations, and acted as an expert in complex technology disputes and frequently, technology due diligence on start-up companies working with leading VC and other investors. His three successful ‘spinout’ companies provide respectively, professional services, product software and an innovative software service. His personal thoughts on software engineering, academia, engineering, education and more can be found on his widely read blog ‘Serious Engineering’ in association with which he also tweets as @profserious .