Professor Tom Stephenson
Head of School of Applied Sciences
Location: Building 62
T: +44 (0)1234 754054
Professor Tom Stephenson is Head of School Applied Sciences (SAS) at Cranfield University, one of Cranfield’s five schools and a member of the University Executive reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor. Professor Stephenson leads the School’s activities that embrace the key areas of manufacturing and materials and environmental science and technology. The annual income is approximately £33 million with over 300 staff and 700 postgraduate students. He is also Managing Director of CIM Ltd, a company wholly owned by Cranfield that specialises in vehicle crash testing and is FIA approved for Formula One. Professor Tom Stephenson’s research interests are in water and wastewater treatment and water reuse and recycling including design and manufacture of package plants, biological wastewater processes and nitrogen and phosphorus removal.
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
- Water utilities companies
- Confidential water sector investment client
- Bluewaterbio International
Professor Stephenson is a graduate in biochemistry from the University of York and has a PhD in civil engineering, specialising in public health engineering from Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
Prior to joining Cranfield in 1990, Professor Stephenson was a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Teesside Polytechnic. At Cranfield, he has been responsible for growing the Water Science activity to be pre-eminent in its field. His personal international reputation for research in water and wastewater engineering is demonstrated through publication of over 200 papers and holding an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) ‘Platform’ grant for 10 years.
He is Chairman of Water Innovate, a spin-out from Cranfield University.