Leeds mining engineer fills Exec Dean role

Tuesday, 2 December 2003

Professor Peter Dowd, who for the past 10 years has been Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Leeds, has been appointed Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

He succeeds Professor Ian Young, who this month began his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology. Professor Dowd will assume his role in July 2004.

Educated at the University of New England (BSc 1967), University of Montreal (MSc 1974) and the University of Leeds (PhD 1978), Professor Dowd has held positions in Australia, Canada and Leeds, England.

He began his career as an Operational Research Fellow at the Conzinc Riotinto in Australia, and from 1972-1975 he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Geological Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal.

Professor Dowd joined the University of Leeds in 1975, holding a number of different roles in the Department of Mining and Mineral Engineering, before being appointed to his current position in 1993.

"Professor Dowd has a wealth of experience and knowledge in engineering and mathematics and I am confident he will make a major contribution to the University," Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha said.

"He has not only achieved the highest professional recognition, but has also been active in forging very effective links between academia, industry and the community. We very much look forward to him continuing these activities here for the benefit of the Faculty and the University," Professor McWha added.


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