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City University London appoints compressor expert as Visiting Professor

The Managing Director of Howden Compressors has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at City, extending the University's long history of collaboration with the company.
by Luke Nava

Jim Fairbairn OBE, Managing Director of leading global compressor specialists, Howden Compressors, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at City University London.

In 2008 Howden endowed the Chair of Engineering Design and Compressor Technology following many years of association with City and Jim has been at the forefront of extending and intensifying the relationship.

“We have a long history of collaboration with Howden and are thrilled to welcome Jim as a Visiting Professor. His business knowledge and skills will provide valuable insight to our students, academic staff and industrial partners and clients. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, stimulating and enjoyable relationship with Jim.” 

Professor Ken Grattan, Dean of City’s School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and School of Informatics

Jim brings to his new role a wealth of knowledge and experience in engineering and international enterprise.  Having studied Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde University, he went on to gain an MBA at Loughborough University.  More recently he was awarded an OBE for his business and voluntary contribution in Glasgow.

Howden Compressors has extensively used innovation to differentiate and expand its business reach. This has contributed significantly to its ambitious strategy for growth in supplying products and services to major mature and developing markets throughout the world, giving Jim a wealth of experience and expertise to call upon in his role.

Jim says: “It is with great honour that I accept this position and I look forward to further collaboration with City. The University’s application and commitment to academic excellence and its interaction with business is very impressive and I look forward to contributing to this in the future."

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