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Professor Gary Hawley Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Design and Executive Director of IAAPS

Gary is responsible for teaching, research and strategic planning in the Faculty of Engineering & Design as well as leading the strategic development of IAAPS


Professor Gary Hawley was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Design in 2008. He was appointed Executive Director of IAAPS in 2019.

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View a list of books and publications by Gary Hawley


Gary joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1995 after careers with the National Coal Board and the Royal Navy.

In 2004, he was awarded the IMechE Automobile Division Crompton-Lanchester Medal for the best paper on automobile engineering.

In 2007, Gary was awarded the Chair of Engineering in recognition of "excellent academic research and its applications to industry".

He has an extensive record of successful engagement with the automotive industry. He has lead many projects in collaboration with industry, and especially with the Ford Motor Company.

In 2014, he was elected to the Trustee Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The Trustee Board is responsible for the governance and control of the Institution with the mission statement "improving the world through engineering".

In the same year, he successfully led a £2.4 million EPSRC proposal to establish the Centre for Low Emission Vehicle Research (CLEVeR).

Gary created the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC), now known as IAAPS, which has attracted over £20 million in research funds over the past 20 years. In 2015, the centre was awarded the Spoke for Thermal Propulsion Systems – Systems Efficiency as part of the Advanced Propulsion Centre in recognition of its expertise, capability, network of academic and industrial partners, and standing in the field.

Gary spearheaded the drive to expand the University of Bath's automotive propulsion research, resulting in the secured funding to build an additional R&I facility at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. As Executive Director for IAAPS, Gary now leads the strategy to ensure that the team expertise, research capability and technical facilities continue to align with and support the automotive industry to develop future generations of ultra-low and zero emission vehicles.