Welcome to Professor Sarah Spurgeon, UCL EEE’s new Head of Department, who took up her new role on 1st September 2016, following a very successful 10 years of leadership by Professor Alwyn Seeds.
Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FInstMC, FIET, FIMA is Professor of Control Engineering and President of the Institute of Measurement and Control in the UK. Sarah Spurgeon’s research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 270 refereed research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. She is currently a member of the Council of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and a member of the General Assembly of the European Control Association. Within the UK she is an independent member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) which provides independent advice to the Secretary of State for Defence on science, technology, engineering, analysis and mathematics matters and is also a Board Member of EngineeringUK. Professor Spurgeon received B.Sc. and D.Phil. degrees from the University of York, York, U.K., in 1985 and 1988, respectively. She has held previous academic positions at the University of Loughborough, the University of Leicester and the University of Kent in the UK. She was appointed as Professor of Engineering at the University of Leicester in 2002 and was Head of their Department of Engineering from 2006-2008. She was Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent from 2008-2016.
Professor Seeds said:
“I would like to welcome Sarah and wish her every success as she leads the Department through the next phase in its development… I look forward to the Department building on current success under Sarah’s leadership.”
Over the last decade, under Professor Seeds’ leadership, the department has made significant advances. The department has grown from 26 to 45 academic staff and the undergraduate intake has risen dramatically so that today we have an intake of over 110! Our research student numbers have grown from 90 to 130 and our RAs from 30 to 61! Our turnover has more than doubled and we have risen to become one of the top 4 Departments in the UK, including in this comparison General Engineering Departments that have research in Electronic Engineering, in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework ranking.
Professor Seeds attributes the success to the staff in the department:
“How has this been achieved? My answer is a simple one; it has been achieved by the hard work and commitment to achieving the highest standards of excellence of all our technical, administrative, research and academic staff. We have worked together as a team and the results are clear to see. I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for what you have contributed to our success. It has been a source of great satisfaction to me to witness so many personal achievements, each of which has contributed to the Department, as we know it today.”
Professor Spurgeon said:
“I am delighted to be joining the EEE team and will look forward to moving forward with our Department with the same consistent achievement of excellence that has become our hallmark. I look forward to working with you all.”
The Dean of UCL Engineering, Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker said:
“Alwyn and the department have together created a wonderful legacy and one which I know you can all be very proud of. Sarah joins at a wonderful point in the development of the department and its vision and I am expecting a whole series of new developments will emerge, consistent with the consistent achievement of excellence that has become the hallmark for UCL EEE.”
You can follow Professor Spurgeon on Twitter: @SarahKSpurgeon