Following an extensive search by Society, the University of Derby has announced the appointment of Professor Richard Hall as the inaugural Director of the Institute of Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE). Hall, who takes up the role on the 1st of September 2013, is currently Associate Dean and Professor of Engineering Design and Simulation at the University of Wolverhampton.

Richard joins the University having built up considerable experience and an international reputation in the aerospace, automotive and high value manufacturing industries. At Wolverhampton he was instrumental in leading the development of the Innovative Product Development Centre, the Caparo Innovation Centre, and the Midlands Simulation Group.

Due to open in early 2014, the IISE will accommodate a number of specialist resources for advanced manufacturing, product design and development, and electronic solutions. Aligned to a Government-backed regional development plan aimed at investing in local business and manufacturing, the Institute will act as a central base for innovation, applied research and product development in a range of areas.

"Sustainability is the biggest global challenge faced by society today" commented Hall.

"Companies that can create new and innovative products, with sustainability in mind, will grow and be successful in increasingly competitive markets. The Institute will genuinely support and add value to local companies, providing them access to the latest research findings and advanced technologies.

It will also enhance the already excellent facilities for the University's engineering students to provide a highly skilled and talented workforce to support the city's growth in the manufacturing sector. This is what makes the institute such an exciting proposition, where the University will work closely with its industrial partners for mutual benefits on so many levels.

To be its first Director is an honour and I am relishing the challenge of bringing together the skills and experience of the University with those of leading businesses from across the region."