UK-raised academic scores top UOW engineering gig

Valerie Linton has been appointed the University of Wollongong’s new Executive Dean of Engineering and Information Sciences. She takes on the role in 2018. Picture: Supplied

Valerie Linton has been appointed the University of Wollongong’s new Executive Dean of Engineering and Information Sciences. She takes on the role in 2018. Picture: Supplied

Valerie Linton will be the University of Wollongong’s new Executive Dean of Engineering and Information Sciences in 2018.

The sciences and engineering fields are still primarily seen as the domain of mainly men, but the UOW has its fair share of talented women.

Leading from the front is UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Judy Raper, who appeared in the Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia list for three straight years.

Like the experienced chemical engineer, Prof Linton has also had a distinguished academic career spanning more than 20 years, completing an Engineering degree at the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge.

She joined the University of Adelaide in 2001 as Associate Dean (Research) in the Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Faculty and has maintained a high level of involvement in industry.

Prof Linton takes over the  Executive Dean of Engineering and Information Sciences’ role from the retiring Professor Chris Cook.

UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, CBE, said Prof Linton’s research interests and industry experience made her the perfect choice for UOW.

‘’The commitment Professor Linton has shown to not only her research but also advancing the place of women in engineering is testament to her passion and suitability for this role,’’ Prof Wellings said.

Prof Linton said she was delighted and keen to lead the EIS Faculty and build on its achievements.

The commitment Professor Linton has shown to not only her research but also advancing the place of women in engineering is testament to her passion and suitability for this role. - UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, CBE

‘’I am particularly impressed with the combined positive, ‘can do’ culture of the people, their excellent research capabilities and their ability to work with external parties,’’ she said.

Professor Linton is expecting to take up her role in January 2018.

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