Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE)STATEMENT FROM PROFESSOR JANE MILLAR, PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR FOR RESEARCH (December 2011):
"I am pleased to announce that Dr Tim Mays from the Department of Chemical Engineering has been appointed as Director of the University's Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, I-SEE. Dr Mays takes over from Professor Geoff Hammond from the Department of Mechanical Engineering who led the Institute from its inception in 2008, and was instrumental in setting up the former International Centre for the Environment, in 1995, from which I-SEE developed. Professor Hammond has decided to step down as Director to spend more time on his research. A number of exciting initiatives are already being developed moving forward and I am keen to support Dr Mays in shaping, informing and developing this important, and highly successful, research theme at the University."
I-SEE seeks to focus, connect and integrate fundamental and applied research on sustainable energy and the environment across all disciplines at the University. These include the natural, engineering, social, political and economic sciences, policy and international studies and business management. A core aim is to represent the University's research on the provision of sustainable, secure and affordable energy for power, heat and transport. To ensure and enhance the relevance and impact of the University's research on sustainable energy and the environment the Institute aims to engage with key external stakeholders including industry, business, government and the public as well as with the academic community. I-SEE also aims to disseminate and promote the University's research on sustainable energy and the environment within the UK and internationally.
DR TIM MAYS SAYS:
"I am thrilled at the prospect of leading I-SEE into its next stage following the fantastic work of Geoff Hammond, Adrian Winnett, Bill Scott, Saiful Islam and other colleagues in establishing the Institute's first-class reputation for representing and enhancing the University's research in Sustainable Energy and the Environment. After an initial settling in period to grow and share new ideas, and to consolidate the Institute's operational structure, we are now set fair to explore every opportunity to take I-SEE forward. An important objective is to be inclusive across all disciplines at the University which link, directly or indirectly, to SEE research. With the support of Jane Millar, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Carolina Salter, the Institute's Operations Co-ordinator, and all University staff and students with interests in Sustainable Energy and the Environment, I am confident that I-SEE will go from strength to strength." Tim Mays, December 2011