City appoints new Dean
City University London has appointed Professor Roger Crouch as its new Conjoint Dean of the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the School of Informatics. Professor Crouch took up his appointment on 1 April 2013.
Professor Crouch joins City from Durham University where he was Head of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. He is keen to focus on research and promote the fundamental science and mathematics underpinning both engineering and computer science. He has a particular interest in enabling computer scientists and engineers to embrace some of the more advanced techniques emerging within high performance computational science and numerical analysis and believes that "if you cannot code an engineering theory (that is, express it in the form of an efficient algorithm) then you do not understand it fully".
Professor Crouch will be promoting the wider acceptance of computer programming (especially codes designed to take advantage of multi-core processors) across the two Schools and beyond. He has an international reputation for research on the structural analysis and thermo-mechanics of nuclear reactors. He has published extensively in this area as well as on computation inelasticity and nonlinear finite element code development.
He has worked with structural design engineers Mott, Hay and Anderson and American architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, before becoming a research scientist at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. From there, he spent nine years as an academic at the University of Sheffield before joining Durham University in 2005.
Coming from a structural engineering background, there are two particular areas of research which Professor Crouch would like to see flourish at City. One lies in the crossover between advanced structural engineering and contemporary architecture.Professor Crouch holds the view that "with major city skylines changing in such an exciting way (in Shanghai, London, Dubai, New York, for example), the history of City's structural engineering achievements, together with the recent appointment of new academics in this area provides an excellent opportunity for the University to take the lead in new tall building design and the development of innovative shell-like structures".
Professor Crouch gained his PhD degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Manchester, following a Master's degree from Imperial College London.
He is credited with providing greater focus to the research directions within the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham. During his tenure as Head of the School, there were significant improvements in National Student Satisfaction (NSS) performance. Professor Crouch also instigated and led on the design of major space improvements to the School.