Posted on 28/10/2011
Professor Paul Hogg has been appointed Vice Principal for Research at Royal Holloway, University of London and will take up the post from April 2012.
He joins Royal Holloway from the University of Manchester where he has been the Head of the School of Materials, where research interests span materials for the nuclear industry, corrosion and protection and nano-materials, materials for regenerative medicine, technical textiles and composites and light alloys for transport applications as well as the management, marketing, retailing and design of fashion textiles.
Professor Hogg is a leading international figure in the field of advanced materials with a sustained track record for research in fibre reinforced composite materials, specialising in recent years in aerostructures and wind turbines.
At Manchester he established the £8 million National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility, the Manchester University Technology Centre for Materials with Aviation Industries of China, and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing of Composites, with the Universities of Nottingham, Cranfield and Bristol.
Before joining Manchester in 2008, Professor Hogg spent 24 years at Queen Mary, University of London where he became the Head of the Department of Materials and in 2006 established Nanoforce, the University’s spin out company for nanomaterials funded by a £2.8 grant from DTi/LDA.
He served on the Metallurgy and Materials sub panel for RAE in 2007 and is currently the vice Chairman of sub panel 13, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials, in the current REF exercise. He is a Visiting Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology and Beihang University in China.
Professor Hogg explains that he was drawn to Royal Holloway because: “In an increasingly challenging world for higher education Royal Holloway has all the attributes to succeed. It is the right size to be flexible and adaptable, it has the location and the links with London to be attractive to students, and most importantly it has superb staff that can be relied on to drive the institution forward."
Principal, Professor Paul Layzell, welcomed Professor Hogg to the College saying: “His appointment comes at a critical time as we work towards the REF in 2014. I am confident that his extensive track record in leading research will stand us in good stead to hold and build on our position as one of of the world’s premier research institutions."