Following today's meeting of the Governing Body of DIT, the Chairman, Dr. Patrick Fottrell announced that Professor Brian Norton has been appointed to be the next President of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Professor Norton is currently Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment in the University of Ulster, where he has been a member of the Faculty since 1989.


Dr. Fottrell said the nomination of the selection committee was warmly endorsed by the Governing Body. "On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to congratulate and welcome Professor Norton to DIT. This is one of the largest and most innovative third-level institutions in the country, and the role of President is key to its continuing success. Professor Norton will bring strong academic and research credentials but also wide experience of administration, public service and interaction with industry. There are some similarities between DIT and the University of Ulster, and Professor Norton's experience will be very valuable to the future development of the Institute."

Professor Norton received MSc and PhD degrees from Cranfield University, and was conferred with a DSc from the University of Nottingham. He has a strong research background and has published extensively, particularly in the field of solar energy.

In addition to his academic achievement, Professor Norton has been a specialist advisor to government agencies, professional bodies and to industry. During his career in the University of Ulster, he has participated in a number of initiatives to develop participation in higher education. He was a member of the 'Learning City Group' which is part of the Belfast City Vision Partnership, and is also Chairman of the Northern Ireland Science and Technology Regional Organisation which promotes science and technology in schools and creates links between schools, industry and higher education.

Professor Norton will take up his appointment on 01 September 2003. He succeeds Dr. Brendan Goldsmith, who has steered the development of the DIT since its establishment in 1993.

Biography of Professor Brian Norton Professor Brian Norton BSc (Hons) MSc PhD DSc ILTM FInstE FIEI HonFCIBSE CEng

Professor Norton has held the Chair of Built Environmental Engineering at University of Ulster since 1989. His research concerns energy in buildings and harnessing solar energy. He has also been very active in energy policy development and renewable energy implementation. He is author of over 270 papers, including 120 in international learned journals and is recipient of major research grants totalling over £7 million.

Among his awards are the Napier Shaw Medal of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in 1996 and the Roscoe Award of the Institute of Energy in 1999. In 2002 he was made Honorary Fellow of CIBSE; their highest honour. He has doctorates from University of Nottingham and Cranfield University. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Energy and Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He is a Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Professor Norton is Chairman of the World Renewable Energy Network, the British Standards Institution Technical Committee on Solar Heating, the Northern Ireland Business Education Partnership and the Eco-Energy Trust. He serves on the Board of the Foundation for the Built Environment, (which owns the UK Building Research Establishment), the Construction Industry Training Board and MTP Ltd. Since 1996 he has been Dean of Engineering and Built Environment at University of Ulster.

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