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Biographical: Professor Brian Norton


Brian Norton

Professor Brian Norton in September 2003 became President of Dublin Institute of Technology.  From 1996 Professor Norton had been Dean of Engineering and Built Environment at University of Ulster. He had been Professor of Built-Environmental Engineering at University of Ulster since 1989. He has very extensive international links and over €10 million (£7 million) in grants principally for solar energy research. Author or co-author of two advanced texts and over 350 papers including over 170 in major international learned journals.  He has supervised thirty-four doctorates.  Serves as Associate Editor of “Solar Energy” - the premier international journal in the field and serves on three other editorial boards.

Professor Norton has chaired the World Renewable Energy Network, the BSI Technical Committee on Solar Heating, the Eco-Energy Trust and, still chairs Action Renewables.  He has represented the university sector on the Board of the Foundation for the Built Environment, which owns the UK Building Research Establishment. He has been a ministerial appointee to the Construction Industry Training Board and has chaired its Audit Committee. He was a member of the Built Environment Panel for the 2001 UK national universities Research Assessment Exercise and Chaired the Northern Ireland Business Education Partnership.  In 2001/02 he acted as Specialist Advisor to the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee of the N.I. Assembly. He has been a member of the DETI Government Energy Strategy Steering Group. He currently is a member of a number of Irish national policy committees and forums, including the North-South round table. He also serves on a joint committee of the UK research councils and on the Council of the Irish Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. He is a member of the Council of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Audit Committee of Dublin City Council.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Physics from University of Nottingham and MSc and PhD degrees, in Engineering Experimentation and Applied Energy respectively, from Cranfield University and DSc from the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, a Chartered Engineer (both in Ireland and the UK) and Registered Practitioner, Higher Education Academy. In 1994 awarded the Gold Medal of the Amir of Bahrain for "outstanding research achievement in solar thermal applications.”  In 1996 was awarded the Napier Shaw Medal of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. In 1999 received the Roscoe Award of the Institute of Energy. In 2002 he was made Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers and in 2003 he became a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering. He is an Honorary Professor of the both University of Ulster and the Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

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