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Bell rings in new era for USQ Research

USQ has entered a new era of research innovation with the appointment of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor John Bell.

Professor Bell has joined the USQ executive leadership team to head the Research and Innovation Division, overseeing three Research Institutes (Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences, Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment; and Institute for Resilient Regions).

He will be based at USQ Springfield, and lead the University to even more world-changing results, benefiting local and global communities alike.

“I’m focused on growth, building on our strengths and exploring new fields of research,” Professor Bell said.

“More astronomical discoveries, more agricultural engineering innovations, more hypersonic breakthroughs, and breaking ground in emerging fields of excellence for us.”

Professor Bell made the move from QUT where he was Head of the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering.

He has held a range of senior positions at QUT including Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering from 2001-2011, and Director of the Centre for Built Environment and Engineering Research from 2003-2004.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie welcomed Professor Bell at an official function in Toowoomba overnight (August 20).

“Professor Bell brings a wealth of experience and impressive track record in the development of research capacity,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“This includes his significant research development at QUT where he attracted numerous Australian Research Council fellowships, boosted external income, and increased research quality high-level publications.”

More than 30 keys areas of USQ Research received an above-world standard or higher ranking from Australia’s Research Council’s ‘Excellence in Research for Australia’ announced earlier this year.

Professor Mackenzie said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) was a critical leadership role, as USQ strived to deliver high impact research outcomes.

“USQ works alongside its industry partners to develop solutions that can be applied directly to industry and the community, aligning with regional and global agendas,” she said.

“Our specialised research fields include agriculture and agribusiness, cultural heritage and archaeology, environmental sciences, regional health and wellbeing, materials and mechanical engineering, computational mathematics and space sciences, regional community health and economic development as well as education and digital literacy.”

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor John Bell