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New Dean of the Faculty of Engineering appointed

Professor Andy Nix

Press release issued: 4 June 2014

Andrew Nix, Professor of Wireless Communication Systems and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Bristol, is to become Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Nix will take over from Professor Nishan Canagarajah, who is to become the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.

Professor Andrew Nix received BEng and PhD degrees from the University of Bristol in 1989 and 1993 respectively.  His PhD was in High Throughput Wireless Communications and compared time-domain and frequency domain equalisation strategies for use in Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs).

Professor Nix joined the Centre for Communications Research as a lecturer in December 1992 and he is currently Professor of Wireless Communication Systems and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  He also leads the Communication Systems and Networks research group, which has 14 academics, 20 research staff and 50 PhD students.

His research interests include radio wave propagation modelling, advanced Wi-Fi systems and 5G networks and architectures and he has successfully supervised more than 50 PhD students and published in excess of 400 journal and conference papers.

Professor Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted by Andrew’s appointment. Nishan is a hard act to follow, but I have no doubt Andrew will thrive in the role and take an already strong faculty forward.”

Professor Nix said: “I am privileged to have been appointed as the Dean of Engineering. The passion and commitment of the academic and support staff make this Faculty very special. I look forward to working with staff and students to further enhance our international reputation in education, research and enterprise.”

Professor Andrew Nix will take up his appointment on 1 August 2014.

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About the Faculty of Engineering

The University of Bristol’s engineering heritage is world famous, and the city continues to be an international leader in engineering.

Working at the heart of this local industry, the University’s Faculty of Engineering has attracted over £80 million in industrial and governmental research awards over the past five years, and has spent over £25 million on infrastructure and laboratory equipment that will keep it at the forefront of teaching and research. The Faculty comprises six departments and many research centres and groups.

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