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Professor John Bridgeman

John Bridgeman joined the University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer in October 2017.  John studied Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham and completed an MSc and PhD in Water Science and Engineering at Cranfield University.

He worked in the water industry for 15 years before returning to the University of Birmingham as a Senior Lecturer in 2005.  He was promoted to Reader in 2011 and Professor of Environmental Engineering in 2013.  During his time at Birmingham, John was, at various times, Head of Civil Engineering, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and, latterly, Director of Internationalisation for the College.

The focus of John’s research is on experimental and numerical approaches to address the global challenges which we face in managing water security and resource efficiency.  Current areas of interest include the numerical modelling of various water and wastewater treatment processes, and the development of novel optical water quality assessment tools.  John has secured research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the European Union (FP7 and H2020), as well as fully funded industrial research contracts from a range of charities and industrial organisations.  In addition John has undertaken a range of consultancy contracts for clients such as Yorkshire Water, Severn Trent Water, Scottish Water, and Mott Macdonald.

John is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Scientist, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the International Water Association and the Royal Society of Arts & Commerce.  He is also the current Chair of the UK Chapter of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research.  John hails from Merseyside and so is easily distracted with talk of football (particularly if the colour blue is involved) and music (as long as the word ‘pop’ is avoided).